DAVID BIANCULLI

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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
26
 
 
With the exception of New Orleans, no home better suits Fats Domino than the PBS American Masters series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
25
 
 
The Brits love a crisp, concise police drama, and BBC America’s Prey provides precisely that...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
24
 
 
The FBI and Apple Corp. may just be getting into it now over the legal and moral issues of data collection, but anyone who watches television knows it was only a matter of time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
22
 
 
You might think there are only so many ways to tell a police drama, until TV shows like Suspects prove different. Suspects sets itself apart because all its dialogue is improvised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
21
 
 
If you only saw the last five minutes of Downton Abbey Sunday, it would have been a little like showing up for World War I on Armistice Day. You’d look around, see all the relieved happy faces and think, “Well, everything seems fine. Nothing bad happened before this, did it?”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
20
 
 

Linda Cohn proved quite a while ago that some girls just wanna talk sports. Since ESPN launched in 1979, it has aired approximately 60,000 SportsCenter shows. As of 8 a.m. this Sunday, Cohn will have hosted 5,000 of them – or one in every 12...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
20
 
 

A decade after he left CBS News and resurfaced on AXS TV, Dan Rather acknowledges he’s playing a smaller room. The tradeoff, he says, is that “I’m doing some of my best work” – including The Big Interview...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
18
 
 
The 21st century makeover of the rom-com continues with Love, a new Netflix series whose first 10 episodes drop Friday morning (2/19). Love stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs as Gus and Mickey, a potential couple...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
16
 
 
The Black Panthers saw themselves in the 1960s and ‘70s as a voice and a haven for the forgotten. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover saw them as subversive terrorists...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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