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2016
Mar
31
 
 
The television incarnation of Rush Hour, like the hit film, gives us just as much cop story as it needs to tie the laughs together...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
30
 
 
Fox’s lavish music biz soap Empire isn’t thinking small when it returns at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday for the second half of its second season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
29
 
 
Given that romanticizing outlaws has always been one of America’s favorite guilty pleasures, a lot of folks would love to think that three inmates really did escape from Alcatraz prison in June 1962...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
27
 
 
Grantchester, which returns Sunday for its second season, reminds us how PBS’s Masterpiece Theater earned its reputation. Just because every show doesn’t have the intangible magic of the late lamented Downton Abbey doesn’t mean a Grantchester, charmingly set in the 1950s, isn’t well worth the time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
26
 
 
James Norton agrees that PBS’s Grantchester tantalizes viewers with that most enduring of TV questions, "Will they or won’t they?"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
23
 
 
Donald Trump is even sucking up all the oxygen in a fake election...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
23
 
 
As a child of the Shonda Rhimes family, ABC’s new The Catch doubtless is counting on manic energy to pull viewers into a whirlwind of tense drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
21
 
 
The Audience Network’s latest offbeat romantic adventure series, You Me Her, creates a number of profound life choices for its characters. It also creates some choices for the viewer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
20
 
 
Perhaps the most interesting argument on TV this spring unfolds between Amy and Karma, two high school best friends on MTV’s Faking It. Producer Carter Covington explains...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
19
 
 
Of course racial tension is going to complicate the new HBO series Vinyl, says Ato Essandoh. If we can’t figure out the racial thing in real life, how could we possibly avoid it in a high-octane drama about the chaotic music business of the 1970s?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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