DAVID BIANCULLI

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2015
Dec
17
 
 
Imagine, if you will, a major U.S. city where, as in most cities, there is a public-television station. But one thing is different: it doesn't pull the plug on those fine shows several times a year and plead for money endlessly for days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
5
 
 
As a former smoker, I can tell you that what once was acceptable, then shown to be a tar-and-nicotine-paved path to no good, is a tough and awful habit to break...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
27
 
 
Despite its name, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol rarely has inspired a lot of song. Ebenezer Scrooge's grumpy demeanor prompts feelings of melodrama, not melody...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
11
 
 
Once it seemed that any drama on PBS came with a British accent, including the recent notables Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife....
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Oct
13
 
 
More than being enjoyable viewing for people who remember pre-thousands-of-choices television, programs like Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration are important because they pull examples of important television from out of today's video haystack...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
25
 
 
TV watchers who can look over the following list and discover at least one person about whom they would like to know more owe themselves an hour of top-notch viewing Sept. 25...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
13
 
 
Perhaps some day an episode of Nova will explain how the brains of PBS schedulers work...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
11
 
 
Brian Williams has been released from the network's penalty box, according to numerous news articles...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
5
 
 
Despite some pretty authoritative advice to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, for many people in the world today, religion is politics. This point of view is abundantly apparent in an upcoming public television documentary, Pope Francis -- The Sinner...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
22
 
 
Public television's Rick Sebak generates as much excitement among many PBS followers as J.K. Rowling or Steve Jobs ever did on the mass-market field...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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