DAVID BIANCULLI

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2015
Nov
30
 
 
Fox’s Gotham, which underwent major surgery for its second season, wraps up the first half of that season Monday night at 8, and the results are mixed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
27
 
 
Okay, they’re not actually battling. But by coincidence, they both have TV specials airing at 9 p.m. ET Friday night...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
26
 
 
Let’s make this simple. It’s time to join 25 million other Americans and add cute dogs to your Thanksgiving Day TV menu. The National Dog Show airs on NBC, right after the Macy’s parade and it’s the perfect appetizer before our long national overdose of turkey and football...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
24
 
 
TV viewers are getting two extensive productions this week on the British colonists who landed in 1620, and while both tell much the same basic story, they couldn’t differ more in style, temperature or conclusion...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
22
 
 
You might not think you need a four-hour National Geographic miniseries to understand the first Thanksgiving. What more is there to know? All we’ve really done since then is add a football game, right? Well, maybe not...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
21
 
 
One of the many things Amazon’s new The Man in the High Castle does well is to refresh our perspective on freedom...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
20
 
 
In a move that caused virtually no ripple at all in the TV biz, FX cancelled The Bastard Executioner this week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
20
 
 
Melissa Rosenberg, who created Netflix’s intense new Jessica Jones series, doesn’t see why white guys should be the only ones who get to enjoy a world of constant danger, unrelenting darkness and haunted self-doubt...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
18
 
 
The new Crackle drama is set on the dark side of high-end auction house andrevives the notion – as if it ever died – that greed is good...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
16
 
 
Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris triggered, again, all-news television’s most ironic and inescapable dilemma...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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

 

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