DAVID BIANCULLI

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2015
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31
 
 
But by the time the most popular series in PBS history wraps up this March, empowered women could be one of its strongest legacies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
29
 
 
In a television age that has not been kind to the half-hour comedy, Mozart In the Jungle becomes even more of a keeper in its second season than it was in its first...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
29
 
 
Imagine for a moment that Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary on Downton Abbey isn’t an entitled British royal, but an entitled young American... That’s what Stephen Colbert has done by hosting this inspired bit where Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Allen Leech read a scene from a Season 5 Downton episode in American accents...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
26
 
 
“I don’t think Hugh has gotten nearly enough credit for the way he’s played Robert,” says Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Graantham of Downton Abbey. “I mean, Robert can be a bit of an idiot. But Hugh has made him into a character people really care about..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
24
 
 
Forty-five years after they broke up, the Beatles have joined the main stream. As of 12:01 a.m. Christmas Eve, the 224 songs recorded by the Fab Four in the 1960s finally will be available on nine major music streaming services...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
22
 
 
The shows aren’t necessarily the year’s best, though some are. But they all offered a level of delight, fun, truth, insight or sheer entertainment that reminded us why, no matter how much we grumble about it, most of us watch television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
21
 
 
We’ve all seen the stories, way too many of them really, where a DNA test proves someone could not have committed a crime, years or decades after he or she was wrongfully slapped in jail. Netflix’s Making a Murderer starts off with what appears to be a classic case of Wrong Guy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
20
 
 
We can never have too many engaging TV dramas, so you might want to put Australia’s A Place To Call Home on your holiday wish list....
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
18
 
 
One of the problems with affairs is that they so often turn out to be less than you wanted them to be. Showtime’s The Affair makes that point in a couple of ways, one of which is the show itself.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
17
 
 
Idris Elba returns to star as John Luther in what’s billed as the show’s fourth season, and he hasn’t lost a step. Apparently playing a severely damaged London detective is like riding a bicycle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post