DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

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2015
Jun
25
 
 
More comedic, less filling, Orange is the New Black’s main storyline in Season 3 ends up being far less compelling than Season 2’s reign of terror by Yvonne “Vee” Parker or the inaugural year’s immersion of tenderfoot Piper Chapman...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
21
 
 

Inspired lunacy on an international scale is a tough nutty to crack. HBO’s The Brink pulls it off despite being in the long shadow of Dr. Strangelove, the 1964 classic on which it’s very much modeled...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
18
 
 
This much is certain. Brian Williams certainly can’t hurt MSNBC, which has been a third place near-corpse in the cable news network ratings for the past 10 months...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
18
 
 
ABC’s blast from the past answer to Mad Men is likewise very much about salesmanship and subjugation. The Astronaut Wives Club is a summer diversion with smashing period wardrobes and starry-eyed tunnel visions...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
16
 
 
TNT’s “proactive makeover” is currently in progress, with new Turner entertainment head and former Fox programmer Kevin Reilly warning TV watchers to “expect some very daring shows..." Proof, a leftover from the pre-Reilly TNT, could well be caught in his crossfire if it's not an immediate hit...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
14
 
 
Ray Liotta is home on the range as narrator for AMC’s new eight-episode The Making of the Mob: New York, which premieres on Monday, June 15th...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
11
 
 
CNN is kicking it up a decade after spending last summer with The Sixties. From the same production team of Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, here comes The Seventies again leading off with television’s impact on the decade...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
6
 
 

The subtitles of all 62 episodes are dissected for both transparent and hidden meanings. Also under a microscope: the color palette, the carnage, deadly chemicals...Through it all, creator Vince Gilligan is expansive on subjects...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
Tonight (June 1), ABC launches its last new series originally announced in May 2014. It’s The Whispers, a compelling paranormal suspense hour in which the kids aren’t all right while the adults strive to divine what’s driving them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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