2017
Aug
19
 
 
On this day in 2003, MTV introduced one of TV's earliest celebrity reality shows, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
On this day in 1996, Showtime debuted the film Losing Chase, which marked the directorial debut of actor Kevin Bacon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
17
 
 
On this day in 1997, Showtime debuted a remake of the legal drama 12 Angry Men...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
16
 
 
On this day in 1992, the Fox sitcom Roc debuted its second season — with a twist: It (and the rest of the season's 21 episodes) was broadcast live...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
15
 
 
On this day in 1992, HBO introduced the satirical comedy, The Larry Sanders Show, which starred comedian Garry Shandling as host of a Tonight Show-style talk show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
14
 
 
On this day in 1965, the Beatles traveled to CBS's New York studio to rehearse and tape a performance for the Season 18 premiere of CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
On this day in 1997, Comedy Central introduced four unforgettable third-graders: Stan, Cartman, Kyle, and Kenny, from a snowy Colorado mountain town called South Park...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
12
 
 
This day in 1972 marked the last telecast of The Ken Berry "Wow" Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
On this day in 1991, Nickelodeon introduced the animated series, Rugrats...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
10
 
 
On this day in 1948, ABC introduced the hidden-camera reality show, Candid Camera...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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