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2017
Sep
21
 
 
The previous chapter, "Resolve," began, in January 1966, 2,400 American soldiers had died in Vietnam...When “This Is What We Do” opens, just 18 months later, that number has ballooned to 14,624 — 75,000 American casualties in all — and the carnage is just beginning...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
20
 
 
So far, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War has shied away from tired tropes as it slowly and often exquisitely lays down the historical underpinnings of America’s most divisive war...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
19
 
 
There are 16,000 American advisors in Vietnam when The Vietnam War returns tonight with Episode Three...Those advisors’ fate — and the fate of the embattled country of Vietnam — will rest with a new U.S. president...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
18
 
 
It seems self-explanatory, let alone unnecessary, but there it is: The second night of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War opens with a viewer advisory. Discretion is advised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
17
 
 
Beginning tonight, (Sunday, September 17) TVWW's Alex Strachan will file daily previews of the new nightly Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War. This first of the 10-episode series opens with a look back at the pre-war conditions in the former "French Indochina"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
12
 
 
Ken Burns was nine-years-old when he first heard the word Vietnam, and it meant nothing to him. That is to say, it meant about as much to him as North Korea might to an average nine-year-old today...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
11
 
 
The 2017 Emmy Awards will be here before you know it, on a wind and a prayer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
6
 
 
Ken Burns knew all along that he would use as many appropriate songs of the era as he could snag the rights for on a PBS budget, but the issue of the background music was a thorny issue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post