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2016
Mar
30
 
 
Here’s the minority report from CNN’s three-hour Republican presidential candidate “town hall” meeting Tuesday night. There weren’t any, despite the downtown Milwaukee venue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Anna Marie “Patty” Duke won an Oscar and three Emmys, had four husbands and spent much of her adult life trying to make peace with a very traumatic childhood...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Garry Shandling thought a lot about his craft, fretted a lot about how people would perceive and receive him. But be assured of this. His death Thursday at age 66 silenced one of the great comedic minds of the last quarter century...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
24
 
 
Mireille Enos seldom if ever let a smile be her umbrella in AMC’s The Killing, even during those drenching, ever-present rainstorms. That all changes in the early stages of ABC’s very modern and stylish The Catch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
22
 
 
Medical dramas have had mini-resurgence this season with decent ratings for newcomers Code Black (CBS) and Chicago Med (NBC). The Peacock’s Heartbeat (9 p.m. ET Tuesday) could use a chill pill, though...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
16
 
 
Lavishly praised by TV critics but still ludicrously ignored by major awards bodies, FX’s The Americans if anything is better than ever in the early stages of Season 4...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
15
 
 
Watching and listening to Patrick Warburton snap off deadpan one-liners can be a saving grace of any not-so-great sitcom. It also helps to have talented Carrie Preston in the house as Warburton’s newest TV wife...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
13
 
 
WGN America, official network of the one-word, scripted drama series, is following Salem, the since canceled Manhattan and Outsiders with the pre-Civil War Underground...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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No network has been more slavish in its coverage of Donald Trump than CNN. That’s probably stating the obvious at this point, even though rival networks certainly haven’t scrimped on the free time they’ve given the oft-bombastic Republican Party frontrunner...

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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