DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
May
23
 
 
Even by 2017 standards, it was a strange night of TV, but that is what TV viewing — the old-fashioned sitting-in-front-of-the-family-set kind — has become...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
14
 
 
The Amazing Race will live to run another race, after all. CBS’s pre-upfronts announcement late last week that the 13-time Emmy Award-winning series will return for a milestone 30th season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
Hindsight is 20/20 — pun intended in this case since we’re talking about ABC. The Alphabet network’s decision to revive American Idol is both timely and, in this correspondent’s opinion, shrewd...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
8
 
 
Twin Peaks was the original 13-episode drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
The original idea was a one-off, or at least that was the intention at the time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
21
 
 
This one is different. There are similarities, to be sure. A writer picketing outside a studio during the 2007 writers’ strike sported a placard...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
11
 
 
The MTV MTVA’s recent decision — effective this year — to scrap their best actor and best actress categories in favor of a single gender-neutral category is a conversation starter, if nothing else.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
5
 
 
A friend who’s just discovered The Good Fight told me the other day that she can’t believe how much she’s enjoying it. In the next breath, she  admitted she’d never seen The Good Wife. This is the kind of admission that demands instant cross-examination...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
27
 
 
If you could choose a different ending to Breaking Bad would you? Netflix executives are already talking about so-called “branch narratives” and different ways to connect plot points in some of its adult dramas...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
14
 
 
Scan YouTube for highlights of Planet Earth II and one can’t help but be struck by how many compilation fan videos are of the blood-’n’-claws variety...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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