DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
Mar
18
 
 
The new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan is a throwback to old Hollywood and the tale of the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and also has a an old-school title sequence inspired by the work of legendary designer Saul Bass....
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
15
 
 
Here’s Stephen Colbert’s latest riff on Kellyanne Conway’s recent claim that the government can eavesdrop on you through your microwave oven.  Turns out that the little kitchen helpers also make great Late Show studio TV cameras, and have one other amazing capability...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
12
 
 
Conservative observation has it that liberals usually assume everyone’s a critic of the President. See what happens in this SNL sketch when three scientists (including Scarlett Johansson) debut their new invention, a machine that translates for pets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
7
 
 
Just in case you don’t think advertising pays, here’s an example of E*TRADE’s latest commercial, an ambitious-looking 30-second spot starting out with a flat panel display on a desktop, but as the dolly shot reveals, the setting turns out to be quite something else...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
1
 
 
We’ve been fans of Nature’s recent miniseries Spy in the Wild... This clip from episode 4, “Bad Behavior” follows a gang of teenaged male dolphins. Seems the lads are like most youths, unruly and too rambunctious for orderly family life. So what do they do? Surf and hang out in gangs, of course – and spend some time playing ping pong with a puffer fish. But it also turns out they might be getting a bit of a gas, too..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
Vice News has a new video out documenting the case that nobody draws bigger crowds, builds walls, understands debt, and 21 other things better than the President. And there is no clip stringing together all the claims better than this...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
18
 
 
Bob Odenkirk visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently to discuss rough clips for a movie idea, Late Show: The Movie in which he stars as Stephen Colbert. Turns out, Colbert also appears in it — in the role of Bob Odenkirk. But the Inception-like reversals don’t stop there...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
8
 
 
David has recapped The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 50th anniversary for the New York Times this week, and in his TVWW blog. Looking back, it’s no surprise the young brothers got their own show on CBS in 1967. Their timing, charm and wit were quite something... The brothers returned to CBS in 1988 for a memorable reunion special...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
6
 
 
Granted, this may not be for all TVWW readers, but greetings from Boston, home of one of your TVWW editors and a million or so bleary-eyed survivors of last night’s historic Super Bowl LI overtime finish...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
4
 
 

Back in the day, the first Super Bowl wasn’t even the name for the game. It was known in 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game...  but the instinct for spectacle was there from the start...


 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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