DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
Feb
28
 
 
On this day in 1983, M*A*S*H's concluding episode, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," attracted 77 percent of all TV viewers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
Taboo’s tales of old empire corruption, oppressed underclass, occult tourism and last week’s immersion into torture porn hasn’t been family fare, to put it mildly... And yet, the series has continued to fascinate with its dark beauty...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: Netflix has been signing more and more comics lately to headline comedy specials, suddenly rivaling HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central as a major player in this regard. Tonight, Netflix gets first dibs on bringing Mike Birbiglia’s well-received one-man stage show to TV. Netflix’s Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes, which streams beginning today, is the answer to a prayer. It may be only Birbiglia who was praying, but hey…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
CYCLE PREMIERE: The two-night cycle premiere continues, with Gwen Stefani joining Blake Shelton (her present significant other), Alicia Keys, and Adam Levine, returning judges from the previous cycle. This is the Blind Auditions portion of the series – still, after all this time and all these cycles, my favorite part.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
Humphrey Bogart stars in this 1948 John Huston movie, Walter Huston almost steals it from under him as a grizzled prospector, and Alfonso Bedoya (pictured) gets to deliver the classic line, “I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” TCM is up to the Ts in its alphabetical month-long Oscar salute, and this film really does fit the term Treasure to a T.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
Back in 2009, appearing before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama was outlining his plans for health care reform when one member of the audience, Republican House member Joe Wilson, shouted out, “You lie!” That wasn’t a State of the Union Address (Obama had given that earlier in the year) – and technically, neither is tonight’s Joint Session address by President Donald Trump. But eight years later, President Trump is in the same hall, addressing the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Tom Hardy, as James Delaney, has been through hell lately – and tonight, comes out the other side, squaring off against Jonathan Pryce’s Stuart Strange for a bloody good finale. (Insert comma if you like.) Tom Hardy stars. For a full review, see Eric Gould’s Cold Light Reader.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
27
 
 

The climax of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards on ABC was the most amazing ending in televised awards show history. It was also the biggest mistake in awards show history, by far. But before long, it also will become the most-viewed moment in Oscar history…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
27
 
 
You can walk down the street of almost any American town and see a thousand people who look like Bill Paxton...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
27
 
 
A new Smithsonian Channel special makes such a strong case for former President Barack Obama’s speechmaking skills that it’s frustrating the special doesn’t include more of them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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