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2017
Apr
28
 
 
Hyper-condensed satire is the bedrock on which The Simpsons is built, and this clip from the upcoming episode looking at the presidential benchmark of the first 100 days in office is no exception...  the TV news has Ivanka wearing new wardrobe and accessories on sale as she takes her appointed seat on the Supreme Court. And, there’s a new explanation for the Commander-in-Chief’s hairstyle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
Andrea Martin has a new NBC series, Great News, and it’s no surprise that after starting her comedy career, ahem, 40 years ago on Canada’s SCTV, (Second City Television) her physical comedy has lasting star power... her work on the landmark SCTV sketch comedy series with Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara ahem, 40 years ago, still has legs...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
Here’s Dana Carvey’s rapid-fire Presidential impression parade – Nixon to Trump – from his most recent appearance on Conan. Apparently, President Carter had peanut-butta-pants, peanut-butta-shoes and peanut-butta-hair…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
18
 
 
The annual North Korean military parade is always a spectacle, and generally no joking matter to watch. And it’s a safe bet that it was a worldwide audience this year since expectations about hardware sophisticated enough to reach neighboring countries and the United States were more or less confirmed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
13
 
 
In what’s become one of our favorite holiday treats, here is Michael Keaton’s 2015 creepy rundown of what’s in his Easter basket – a stuffed bunny, a DVD of the movie Friday and some Jordan almonds, among other delights. Keaton seems equally happy to share as he is white-knuckling the whole thing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
6
 
 
Insult comic king Don Rickles passed away today (April 6, 2017), and YouTube is full of riotous Rickles moments throughout his 50-year comedy career...  Rickles appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show over 100 times, and this clip from 1976 veers from the usual fare of Rickles loose in the hen house...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
3
 
 
Amazon has released their annual crop of new pilots and one, The Legend of Master Legend starring John Hawkes (Deadwood, Winter’s Bone) should be a sure-fire audience favorite... Turn's out the show is based on the self-styled real-life superhero in Orlando, Florida...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
28
 
 
The jokes on Paul Reubens 1986-91 CBS series Pee-Wee’s Playhouse were usually down-the-middle for the young audience, but once in a while veered mildly into adult territory...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
18
 
 
The new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan is a throwback to old Hollywood and the tale of the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and also has a an old-school title sequence inspired by the work of legendary designer Saul Bass....
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
15
 
 
Here’s Stephen Colbert’s latest riff on Kellyanne Conway’s recent claim that the government can eavesdrop on you through your microwave oven.  Turns out that the little kitchen helpers also make great Late Show studio TV cameras, and have one other amazing capability...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.

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"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