DAVID BIANCULLI

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2017
Jun
22
 
 
Based on the ’80s show GLOW, the new Netflix series of the same name uses fictional characters to tell the back story of struggling actresses (and others) who were cast and became professional wrestlers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
17
 
 
DC has just released the unaired episode of the NBC comedy Powerless, featuring the late Adam West as chairman of the Gotham City Wayne Industries... West spoofed his ‘60s Batman series sign-off’s with a tongue-in-cheek take to the audience, teasing them to tune in next week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
Like the rest of TVWW, Alex Strachan was struck and swept over by last week’s episode of Fargo (“Who Rules the Land of Denial” 6/7/17) where several Coen Brother film tropes are reprised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
7
 
 
Well make that May 30th, but in their ongoing business of reexamining and repackaging their catalog, The Beatles have remastered and rereleased their landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
While much of the criticism of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return focuses on its non-sequiturs, time shifts, and general incomprehensibility, it’s probably wise to remember that it was always, sort of, this way...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
31
 
 
The Internet might very well be eating its own tail at this point, with satire going viral within hours of breaking political news...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
26
 
 
Another day, another viral video of the President – this time from the NATO summit in Brussels yesterday (05/26/17). Seems the Prime Minister of Montenegro was an obstacle to the next photo-op...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
24
 
 
Every presidential photo op is another meme possibility these days, and today’s (5/24/17) audience at the Vatican with the Holy Father was no different... Apply everyone’s favorite closing theme, and presto...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
20
 
 
Here’s Last Week Tonight’s recent (and perhaps ultimate) super cut of cable news panels. In case you didn’t already agree, this might help illustrate how cable news food fights might make for good ratings but not for public good...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
17
 
 
U2 has set out on the road this month in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their milestone album “The Joshua Tree”. Back in the stone age, (mid-’80s) most of us could be found in front of MTV, watching hours of music videos... U2 could be frequently found there, and this cut, a live performance of “Where the Streets Have No Name” on an LA rooftop tore a page out of The Beatles “Let it Be” playbook...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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