DAVID BIANCULLI

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2015
Aug
29
 
 
TV’s coin of the realm, the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old audience, continues to work against those shows that dare to “skew old.” It’s not fair and never has been...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
25
 
 
Everybody cracks wise in Public Morals, a crisp and lively new TNT series that might actually generate a little buzz for the oft-overlooked “We Know Drama” network...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
23
 
 
AMC’s new Fear the Walking Dead prequel might just as well be called Milking The Walking Dead For All It’s Worth..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
19
 
 
In the documentary Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, one can still smell the toxic fumes coming off the old TV brow-beater and his ever-present cigarettes, which he used to autograph for admirers.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
12
 
 
The annual Television Critics Association summer "press tour" is finally on fumes, as is your tvworthwatching.com correspondent after 17 days of asking, listening, watching, and trudging to and fro...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
11
 
 
Showtime president David Nevins came out swinging Tuesday. Not with a state of the TV industry proclamation but with a slew of programming announcements. Principal among them was news -- and non-news -- about the reboot of Twin Peaks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
10
 
 
Grandly introducing himself before striding onstage with a microphone in hand, Stephen Colbert not surprisingly got saved for last at CBS's full day of nine interview sessions -- plus lunch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
9
 
 
The stars came out for Saturday night's 31st Annual Television Critics Association awards ceremony. Except that's a bit of a fib...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
7
 
 
TV critics can be loath to admit that the smartest person in the room may not be one of them. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, a forward-looking executive who actually enjoys our company, has more than enough brainpower to overpower even the most pompous posers among us...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
6
 
 
Fox took a big step forward last season with the mid-season smash Empire.  Now the network is taking several steps backward while also going to the same well...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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