DAVID BIANCULLI

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On this day in 1996, Showtime debuted the film Losing Chase, which marked the directorial debut of actor Kevin Bacon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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SERIES PREMIERE: This is the fifth in Netflix’s ambitious series of superhero stories built around characters from the Marvel Comics universe. The series themselves have been uneven, with Charlie Cox in Daredevil and Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones being impressive and engrossing additions to the genre. Mike Colter in Luke Cage was a somewhat distant third, as these Marvel/Netflix series go, and Finn Jones as Iron Fist was such a sad also-ran, so poorly written and acted, it should have be
 
 
 
  
 
 
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MOVIE PREMIERE: This Netflix sci-fi movie imagines a future society with a strict one-child policy (okay, that sounds like a fairly recent one-child policy from one particular Far East country, but go with it). That’s a plot device to explain why the septuplets of What Happened to Monday?, each known by a different day of the week, are in constant hiding, with only one showing her face at a time. And all the faces look like, and are played by, Noomi Rapace, in what sounds like an almost in
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Today’s guests include two people equally adept at one-liners and vocal outrage: Penn Gillette and (pictured) Sen. Al Franken. Also on the show: Amy Holmes and Gavin Newsom. But hey -- what's there to talk about?
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Last week’s premiere of this Saturday Night Live summer series was just what you wanted from an August edition of Colin Jost and Michael Che’s “fake news”: full of jokes, topicality, and attitude. It was fast and furious (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day, as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., stole that first show), and I’m looking forward to tonight’s second edition.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Jaime Pressly, who co-starred in Greg Garcia’s My Name Is Earl, checks in at the remote rental cabin in his new TBS series, The Guest Book. She plays Christy, who’s there to bond with her new boyfriend and his eight-year-old daughter – but new technology, and old demons, prove formidable obstacles.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Rosalind Russell is today’s featured actor for TCM’s Summer Under the Stars salute. You can watch her movies all day and all night – but the standout arrives at midnight ET, when TCM televises 1940’s delightful His Girl Friday, the razor-sharp remake of The Front Page. Russell plays a star newspaper reporter, and Cary Grant co-stars as her editor – and ex-husband. One-liners fly furiously. So do sparks.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Be patient with Marvel’s The Defenders. The long-awaited miniseries...finally arrives on Netflix on Friday, and it’s not one of those action-adventure shows that hits the ground in overdrive...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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On this day in 1997, Showtime debuted a remake of the legal drama 12 Angry Men...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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On this day in 1992, the Fox sitcom Roc debuted its second season — with a twist: It (and the rest of the season's 21 episodes) was broadcast live...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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