DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

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NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
The solar eclipse across America tomorrow, August 21, is the first to occur in 38 years, and another won’t appear again until 2024. So review all the cosmological geometry here provided by National Geographic and get your ISO 12312-2 compliant solar shade...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
CNN’s The History of Comedy is focusing in on political comedy this week, and one of their early citations is the late Pat Paulsen, who ran for president in 1968 as a gag as part of his stint on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour... that’s evident here in a performance art-like split screen of him answering a question two ways...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
In case you missed it, this week marked the 24th anniversary of the season finale of ABC’s odd-couple sitcom Perfect Strangers... The Leftovers had a brief joke in Season One which started out as a writer’s room gag – the 2% of the world’s population gone in the rapture-like disappearance of the Sudden Departure also included the cast of Perfect Strangers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
9
 
 
Country singer Glen Campbell died Tuesday, August 9 in Nashville, six years after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis... Campbell performs here in 1968 on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour where he became a popular regular and took over as a host of the brother's summer replacement series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
8
 
 
In case you haven’t heard, Game of Thrones Princess Daenerys Targaryen had just about enough of the Lannister army last Sunday and unleashed one of her now full-grown dragons. Things quickly increased in temperature...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
31
 
 
Most fans likely knew Sam Shepard (1943-2017) for acting performances in The Right Stuff and Black Hawk Down... Probably less known though, is Shepard’s early career and legacy as a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
29
 
 
History Channel has released its trailer for Season 5 of Vikings at the recently finished Comic Con – the new season without its lead character Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) who came to the end of the line last year...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
26
 
 
Here’s the pirate version of The Daily Show video posted to twitter showing new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s hand gestures, which veer very close to those of the President, when shown side by side. We presume the mimicry is a non-verbal way of emphasizing the commander in chief’s message, but a similar hairstyle will not be following. —Eric Gould 
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
18
 
 
Family Guy has released a tribute reel in memory of former Batman! star Adam West (1928-2017), who played a monumentally self-effacing version of himself as cartoon mayor of Peter Griffin’s fictional hometown of Quahog, Rhode Island... Family Guy is going ahead with three more episodes that West had already recorded parts for...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
13
 
 
Senator Al Franken gets in a few zingers here in interviews with David Letterman in his new Funny or Die web-series Boiling the Frog, which looks at the politics of climate change...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Eric Gould

Associate Editor

Eric Gould is a writer in Boston and Associate Editor for tvworthwatching.com. With prior stints in art, music, photography and design, he casts a wide net across the media pool fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling. He will have essays on Rectify, Six Feet Under and Girls in the upcoming “Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Series” from Syracuse University Press. Email him at gould@tvworthwatching.com

 
 

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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