DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
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On this day in 1964, Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime game show on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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True or false: The truth is out there. Answer: Basically false these days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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29
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new series, set in London in the late 1700s, tells of a scrappy, social-climbing madam, played by Samantha Morton, whose two daughters represent different strata on the 18th century flesh-trade scale. One is played by Jessica Brown-Findlay (pictured), who recently played Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey. The premiere episode sets up two competing houses of ill repute and a lot of political, sexual and financial intrigue – similar to the dynamics laid out, so to speak, in H
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
Remember the premiere episode of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom, when the cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels was asked why the U.S. was the greatest country in the world? Rather than embrace the question’s jingoistic premise, he instead rattled off a barrage of statistics placing our country much lower, by comparison with many other countries, to everything from universal health care to infant mortality. “I don’t know what… you’re talking about?” he reto
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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SEASON FINALE: It’s not fair to describe too much of what has happened in this series thus far, leading up to tonight’s season finale – because its twists, turns and shifting perspectives makes the protagonist of Mr. Robot look like a reliable narrator of his own story. Just ride with tonight’s episode… and then absorb, dissect, and question.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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29
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are behind this new series, which presents lesser-known comedian friends of that famous married couple, portraying… lesser-known comedian friends of that famous married couple. Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf  -- all playing exaggerated versions of themselves, as friends of McCarthy’s who are trying to rope her into collaborating with her on a Hollywood project. Good luck with that… even though, in the real w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
Uncle Sam has been so wild and crazy lately, that Aunt Sam ought to really enjoy herself tonight. Or, at least, really work herself into an impressive frenzy…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
Created, executive produced, written and directed entirely by women, Hulu’s Harlots is an equal opportunity flesh-barer with a not so underlying message...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
A trio of real-life Hollywood grovelers all play themselves in TV Land’s Nobodies, which can be desperately amusing at times but too often comes off as just desperate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
“Better than expected” generally isn’t deemed suitable for a network promotional blurb...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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