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2017
Jan
24
 
 
On this day in 1995, opening statements began in the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
The environmental movement could use a little encouragement right about now...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
Now here’s a song we’ve all heard before. It’s about artists whose lives are sensational on stage and chaotic everywhere else...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
It was 55 years ago that Rachel Carson published her bestselling book, Silent Spring, that sparked a national debate about the adverse affects of pesticides, and is widely credited with giving birth to the modern environmental movement. (I’m of the minority but stubborn belief that Walt Disney’s early nature film shorts, seen in theaters and on TV in the 1950s and 1960s, were an even earlier spark.) Tonight, American Experience presents a biographical profile of Carson, whose life is
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, the scenes set in the past have to do with a birthday celebration – three of them, at the same time.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
This new story arc, about the potentially sinister awakenings of the Life Model Decoy known as Aida, already is more satisfying than last year’s long and disappointing Ghost Rider arc. And Mallory Janson, as Aida, is getting to play an increasingly juicy role – not only as the current incarnation of her LMD renegade, but as a previous model, decapitated but slowly being brought back to life, at least from the beck up, by some of the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you’re a young act
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
Last week’s superb four-hour Frontline documentary, The Divided States of America, explained how we as a nation got to this point in our politically bifurcated history, with Donald Trump as President of the United States and with rallies staged nationwide, and beyond, to support alternate policies and ideals. Tonight, Frontline explains not how we got there, but how Trump did. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
Each episode in this new FX series gets a little more complicated, and a lot more intriguing. Tom Hardy’s starring central performance, though, has been excellent throughout – as has the performance of Zilpha by Oona Chaplin. Oona’s first name comes from her grandmother, an actress – and her last name comes from her grandfather, who also was in show business: Charlie Chaplin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
23
 
 
Not so long ago, the best TV encouraged us to face up to the real world. Now, however, a new reality looms. Nihilism is out, escapism is in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
23
 
 
The Witness may be the last thing the mainstream media’s reputation needs right about now...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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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