2015
Dec
15
 
 
Among many other things, the end of Downton Abbey this March will wrap up one of TV’s most charming buddy relationships, between Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess Violet and Penelope Wilton’s Isobel Crawley...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
8
 
 
With the final season of Downton Abbey less than a month away, a good chunk of the cast reunited this week in New York for what Hugh Bonneville observed might be the last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
18
 
 
The new Crackle drama is set on the dark side of high-end auction house andrevives the notion – as if it ever died – that greed is good...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
6
 
 
Don’t count Chita Rivera among those surprised she’d still be headlining a Broadway musical at the age of 82. “I’m not amazed at all,” says Rivera. ...I feel sorry for kids today who take it easy.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
5
 
 
“He didn’t try to do a caricature or an impression,” Dan Rather told me. “He just tried to capture some of the essence of the person.” Rather was sharing his thoughts about Robert Redford’s performance in the role of Rather in the movie Truth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Oct
24
 
 
Rachel Bloom thinks we need a reality check on at least two subjects, love and California, and she hopes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can help...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Oct
13
 
 
Rachel Brosnahan apologizes for politely stabbing little pieces of her salad as she talks about starting her second year as Abby Isaacs on WGN America’s Manhattan. It’s been a busy day for Brosnahan. Actually, it’s been a busy couple of years...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
2
 
 
It would be nigh unto impossible for Downton Abbey to overstay its welcome on PBS. Over the years it's become the network's most popular series ever, as executives are quick to note. But now the days of reckoning are beckoning...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jan
31
 
 

Saturday night at 9 ET, HBO presents Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen, which is his third TV special for the network, but the first one in his entire career where he’s doing standup. So why now, at age 88?...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
26
 
 
Her character looked pretty dead near the end of Tuesday’s very eventful and suitably bizarre Fargo episode, subtitled “Buridan’s Ass.” But although she can’t say quite how yet, Allison Tolman assures fans of the series that deputy Molly Solverson will remain vertical...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 avaialble on Amazon.

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