DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
Feb
25
 
 
The Sid Caesar showcase Your Show of Shows — which debuted on this day in 1950 — and the two other series in which he starred before and after that landmark show (Admiral Broadway Revue, Caesar's Hour), constitute one of the most innovative and important creative bursts in TV history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
25
 
 
Before we learn whether La La Land sweeps the Oscars Sunday night (ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET), let’s put it in a little context...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
The Blacklist: Redemption starts with the premise that a bunch of bad people are trying to save themselves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Listen to the song Michael Dorman sings as agent John Tavner about six minutes into Patriot, this new series from Amazon. It’s about as dry, and as reservedly funny, as anything I’ve seen and heard on TV this year. And on the weird scale, it’s off the charts. Tavner is an intelligence officer whose new assignment is to help keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons – and that assignment places him in the midwest, at a piping firm. Co-stars include Terry O&
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood star in this new movie, which just won the top prize at Sundance. Lynskey plays a woman who, after being burglarized, sets out with a neighbor to investigate the robbery on her own, because the police won’t do enough. And from there, things escalate significantly…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
Part 2 of 2. It’s Bizet and ballet, all in one place – and the place is Paris, where the program also includes music from Ravel and choreography from Balanchine. From the famed Theatre du Chatelet, the New York City Ballet stays on its toes to perform for a Parisian audience, in a program taped for broadcast, and American TV viewers, on tonight’s Great Performances. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
This week’s scheduled guests include Seth MacFarlane and Fran Lebowitz.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
In an early scene from Amazon’s new series Patriot, our hero John Tavner catches up with another guy who has interviewed for a job Tavner wants. Tavner exchanges a few pleasantries with him and then calmly pushes him in front of a moving truck...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
On this day in 1996, HBO debuted The Late Shift, a telefilm based on the book by New York Times TV critic Bill Carter that chronicled the contentious competition between David Letterman and Jay Leno for the retiring Johnny Carson's Tonight Show seat...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
On this day in 1983, 97 PBS stations across the country broadcast television's first live open-heart surgery...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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