DAVID BIANCULLI

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Costarring with a toon has only worked a few times in the history of filmed entertainment, like for Jimmy Stewart and Gene Kelly and Bob Hoskins and that’s kind of it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Harlots, which launches Wednesday (3/29) on the streaming service Hulu, is a British period drama quite unlike anything most viewers would expect or would ever have seen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Back in the 1960s, the Firesign Theater comedy troupe did a short bit in which a German accused of Nazi war crimes is tracked down in Argentina and swears he knew nothing about anything. “During der war,” he says in an exaggerated German accent, “I was a gaucho on the Pampas.”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Before her show is interred, let’s say a few kind words about Bones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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27
 
 
Iain Glen may have had some trouble winning Lady Mary and Daenerys Targaryen, but he scores a big win as a restless Irish private eye on the Acorn-imported series Jack Taylor...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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The three Brontë sisters had a dark secret. They wrote stories. In early Victorian England, this was considered unladylike and downright unseemly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Broadcast television has another strong, compelling and troubling entry in the limited-series game with Fox’s Shots Fired...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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About the only way things could have gotten hotter on Fox’s Empire would be if they set the whole thing on fire...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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A steady stream of small lovely details make Acorn TV’s latest import, Striking Out, a delightful short-run lawyer drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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A lot of television shows stick around too long. Mercy Street is leaving too soon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
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