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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
25
 
 
Our own David Hinckley already has written about the significance of The Beatles finally offering their music and video catalogue on streaming sites... But where to begin, with such a voluminous and outstanding catalogue at your disposal? I suggest here: a relative rarity called “Hey Bulldog,” recorded by The Beatles in 1968...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
20
 
 
... and her name is Jeannie Klisiewicz. She’s the Good Cheer assistant on Ellen, and Ellen DeGeneres dispatched her to surprise a big-hearted, hard-working second grade teacher in Leesburg, Va., not only with a little airtime on her favorite daytime talk show, but with a few presents, too...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
16
 
 
With the new Star Wars hitting theaters (perhaps you’ve heard?), there’s no better time to revisit what I consider the funniest Star Wars lampoon of all time, hands down. Or paws down, since it involves Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the acerbic canine puppet alter ego of comedian and writer Robert Smigel. In May 2002, upon the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
8
 
 
British comedy team Greg Haiste and Marie Lawrence have put together an hilarious spoof Star Wars trailer in the style of naturalist British director Ken Loach and his 1969 film Kes, complete with appropriately weird Yorkshire dialect...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
6
 
 
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has had a tough season, first getting sidelined with a fractured collarbone in September and the same injury last month ended his 2015 season. But it’s not all bad. James Corden who comes over for a sleepover to see if they can become best friends, the way Corden used to do it as a kid...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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