DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
Predicting TV awards is a fool’s game at the best of times, but this year’s just-announced shortlist for the 33rd Annual Television Critics Association Awards is not just a window into the TV industry as it stands today but also a window into where we are as a society...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
12
 
 
Sometimes, while watching a truly inspired hour of television, one is moved on an intensely personal, hard-to-explain level that defies easy categorization...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
8
 
 
Watching the One Love Manchester benefit concert this past weekend for the victims of the May 22 bombing outside Manchester Arena in the UK, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the healing balm of music in troubled times...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
30
 
 
I hit the wall — literally — in episode three. I may yet stick it out for the entire 18, but as of right now, that looks unlikely...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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