DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2016
Jan
31
 
 
What’s a hotter TV commodity than even the presidential candidate debates? That would be true crime, whether scripted or otherwise. Not that it ever really went away...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
28
 
 
It’s nearing the end of the world as we know it in NBC’s 10-episode You, Me and the Apocalypse, including three well-known American TV stars in the far-flung ensemble cast...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
26
 
 
'Outsiders' brings the saga of unkempt, contemporary Appalachian mountain men and women who drink hard, seemingly bathe infrequently and have built a psychic wall between themselves and all those varmints down below...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
24
 
 
Lucifer's gotten  tired of the whole Hades thing after a few centuries and has decided to take a “vacation” in L.A. He's now doing quite nicely as the owner of Lux, a ribald, upscale nightclub...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
22
 
 
This is looking like a bad idea at best, particularly after a thoroughly ridiculous, serio-comic third episode squanders any carryover suspense let alone a reason to exist anew...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
21
 
 
FX’s male-centric misery index remains very much alive and suffering... But all are pre-serpent Gardens of Eden compared to FX’s Baskets, in which Zach Galifianakis plays perhaps the saddest sack in TV series history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
19
 
 
No matter how many times it’s told, the story just never gets old. PBS’ American Experience series at last gets around to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after four previous big- and small-screen treatments of their murderous crime spree...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
17
 
 
Two bravura performances for the most part overcome the sometimes convoluted, other times confusing goings-on in Showtime’s Billions...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
17
 
 
ABC’s Police Squad! did it first with a lamentably short-lived, Leslie Nielsen-starring spoof of all those deadly serious cop dramas...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
16
 
 

Well-meaning but oh so somber, Mercy Street is a rare, born-in-the USA drama for a network that has relied on the British for almost everything in this genre. It’s a Code Black of the Civil War era...

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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