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2016
Feb
29
 
 
Ghostly shadows flicker across the screen. Colors flow and merge while, in another, later time, a small girl wakes in hospital from a coma. Malala Yousafzai, now a teenager, remembers having terrible dreams, she tells us in a slow, halting voiceover...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
The short-lived sitcom Day by Day premiered on NBC on this date in 1988...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
Episode number three of this Stephen King series, or miniseries, is unspooled today, as Hulu hangs on to its experimental model of presenting one installment each Monday rather than dropping the entire season at once. Previous episodes, if you need to catch up, are available (as is this new one) at the Hulu website. James Franco as a man who travels back in time hoping to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
MIDSEASON RETURN: Penguin is incarcerated for the murder of Galavan, but that doesn’t mean there’s one less bad guy on the streets of Gotham. There’s a new villain in town, and it looks like, very soon, he’ll be going by the familiar name of Mr. Freeze.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
CYCLE PREMIERE: Go-around number 10 of The Voice begins, and this time the blonde on the judging team is Christina Aguilera. She sits in one of the red chairs, as Pharrell, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine nestle into the others. These initial rounds of The Voice are the show’s best, invariably – so if you still enjoy this show and these hosts, now is the time to tune in.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
Malala Yousafzai, whom you probably remember doing the rounds on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s shows, and charming them both, is profiled in this 2015 documentary, which explains how – and, more inspirationally, why – this young woman became a Nobel Peace Prize winner and an international activist. For a full review, see Alex Strachan’s TV That Matters.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
This 2015 documentary, with its healthy doses of musical clips, presents a biography of soul singer and sometimes activist Mavis Staples, and her musical family, the Staple Singers.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
I’ve had such a packed week, I haven’t found the time yet to see last week’s episode of my favorite TV show of the moment, Better Call Saul. So don’t expect info on the latest, because I don’t know it…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
Hank Aaron, who bats leadoff in the Smithsonian Channel’s new Major League Legends series that starts Monday, was baseball’s quiet man. It was the world around him that got noisy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
28
 
 
For three weeks now, I’ve pointed out that what’s happened in presidential politics has been so bizarre, you need to watch this weekly wrap-up. Make it four weeks, because this week, with the latest Republican debate, was the oddest one yet.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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