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2015
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The U.S. Postal Service waited until the end of 2015 to announce its stamp roster for 2016, but one set of stamps deserves immediate special attention on TVWW. It’s a stylishly designed quartet of stamps devoted to the golden anniversary of Star Trek…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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A tuxedo isn’t necessary, although it does seem quite appropriate tonight. When the nation’s top four college football teams collide on New Year’s eve to decide who’ll meet two weeks from now in suburban Phoenix to crown the national champion, this day – more than all the others during this ESPN-prolonged bowl buffet – matters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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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
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Whenever you read this, tune to Syfy, and you’ll see an episode of Rod Serling’s classic series The Twilight Zone – then another, then another, all presented in chronological order. Imagine, if you will, a New Year’s tradition that, this year, offers up the entire series, in order. rather than random episodes presented out of sequence.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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All day until 8 p.m. ET, tune to TCM, and you’ll see a Marx Brothers movie. What better way to end a year? Their classic A Night at the Opera, from 1935, is at noon ET, and my favorite, their 1933 Duck Soup (pictured), is presented at 6:45 p.m. ET. But whenever you tune in, you’ll laugh. That’s a TVWW promise…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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31
 
 
Split between Los Angeles and New York, and Fergie and Ryan Seacrest, here’s the now-tenured New Year’s Eve TV celebration. Times Square is the province of Seacrest – and his free-range assistant correspondent, Jenny McCarthy. Scheduled to perform live: One Direction, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood and others…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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31
 
 
This year’s musical celebration takes on even more importance. Following in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, this year’s New York Philharmonic musical special is an all-French program. The compositions performed include Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, as well as Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals – for which Nathan Lane provides the introductory poems. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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31
 
 
Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper rings in the New Year, trying to inject dignity into the CNN proceedings – while co-host Kathy Griffith, for the most part, tries to do just the opposite.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
30
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Last year at this time, this series and Transparent helped Amazon establish itself as a serious contender in the original programming streaming business. Today, Amazon Prime drops Season 2 of Mozart in the Jungle, its vibrant series dramatizing the artistry and intrigue behind the scenes of a symphony orchestra. Lola Kirke stars as Haley, an oboe player who earns a chair in the fictitious New York Symphony. For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
30
 
 
SPECIAL: Once again, CBS presents an end-of-year I Get That a Lot special, in which celebrities are thrown into menial places and jobs, and toil there until someone asks them if they know they look just like… themselves. It’s a vanity special, and an even more diluted TV idea than the oldest Candid Camera gags – but on a slow TV night, it works. But really, would anyone have a problem identifying the “real” Kristin Chenoweth, for example?
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post