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2017
Jun
27
 
 
This day in 1966 marked the debut of the gothic daytime soap opera Dark Shadows on ABC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
Much like the period it depicts, Turn: Washington’s Spies defied the odds to last as long as it did — four seasons, 40 episodes in all...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
Chris D’Elia was funny as anyone with that script could have been as Whitney Cummings’ comic foil on Whitney, and as unwatchable as everyone else on the subsequent sitcom Undateable. Here, he appears in a new standup comedy solo special, which is built around the idea that he’s really not all that special – and neither is almost anybody else.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
In tonight’s episode of this PBS documentary, the eras covered include not only what’s considered the golden age of Chinese history, but also the famous Ming dynasty. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
SERIES FINALE: For seven years now, this series has teased viewers about the identity of the mysterious troublemaker known as “A,” whose antics have bedeviled the gossipy clique of friends in a small Pennsylvania town. Tonight, in the finale, the identity of “A” will be revealed. So if you care, you should watch.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Part 2 of 2. Last week’s episode, the first part of this season’s two-part finale, was heavy on the comedy, as Liv (Rose McIver) had to fight disturbing visions, and sexually aggressive urges, after sampling the brains of a promiscuous former girlfriend of Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli). The comedy is sure to continue tonight – but in this last hour of the season, so is the ongoing story line about Seattle’s geometrically growing zombie population.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: As TV experiments go, this one deserves credit, at least, for originality, and maybe even for audacity. Tales is a new BET anthology series, but each episode gets its inspiration from a familiar rap song – starting tonight with N.W.A.’s familiar, and still topical, decades-old anthem, whose three-word title is, to exercise a little self-censorship, “F--- tha Police.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
26
 
 
At the end of its recently completed freshman season, Kevin Can Wait made room for Leah Remini, who played series star Kevin James’ TV wife on his previous King of Queens sitcom, as a special guest star. She played a police officer who once partnered with Kevin on a case, and needed his help to close the case at last. That two-part season finale proved so popular, Remini and her character are coming back next season, for good – while Erinn Hayes, who co-starred as Kevin’s wife
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
26
 
 
This is the final Monday of TCM’s month-long salute to Audrey Hepburn, and the night begins with this frothy but fun 1964 comedy about Hollywood writer’s block. William Holden plays a screenwriter who’s been procrastinating for months about an impending deadline, and has to produce a script in one final frenetic weekend in Paris. So he hires a temp secretary, played by Audrey Hepburn, who jump-starts his creativity by agreeing to embody his imaginings and fantasies as he conjur
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
26
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The valuable documentary series P.O.V. begins Season 30 tonight – quite an impressive achievement – and starts off with a season opener including Dalya’s Other Country, a study of a Syrian refugee who, with her mother, left Syria and the wartime travails there to begin a new life in the United States, specifically Los Angeles. High school is tough enough for most kids under regular circumstances, so imagine what Dalya is facing. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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