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2016
May
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Watching the new Roots, which would be one of the best TV things you could do this week, you’re reminded that in at least one important sense, it’s not about slavery at all. It’s about how individuals behave in a world where slavery happens to be an accepted institution...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Our attention to Memorial Day gets spottier as more of our wars fall into grey areas, and PBS reflects that unease with TED Talks: War & Peace...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
29
 
 
If you’re ready for a short binge toward the end of the holiday weekend, you could do a lot worse than the Australian series Jack Irish, which has been brought to these shores by Acorn TV...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
27
 
 
The more you like country music, the more you’re apt to like "The Highwaymen: Friends Till The End," a PBS American Masters documentary...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
27
 
 
What Jessi Colter remembers about the Highwaymen is how sane and normal they so often were. How’s that for shattering a few myths?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
25
 
 
You can make a decent argument that in four seasons, ABC’s Nashville has said pretty much all of what it has to say. But if Wednesday’s episode is indeed the end of the series, I’m still going to miss it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
24
 
 
New faces don’t mean things have gotten any kinder and gentler in the rustic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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23
 
 
As a business plan, kidnapping so rarely works out. But that doesn’t always deter the desperate, and desperate seems to describe Frank Mallon in Clean Break...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
22
 
 
Adapting Garth Ennis’s Preacher for television has some of the same degree of difficulty as wrestling with God, so it’s impressive that after the first few episodes, the adapter team is still standing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
21
 
 
The HBO Lyndon Johnson drama All the Way starts from the bold premise that the former President was larger than life, then proves it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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