DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2017
Apr
17
 
 
In many respects, last week’s penultimate episode of Girls “Goodbye Tour” was the standard issue Hollywood ending to a successful series, but you knew that writer and director Lena Dunham couldn’t leave it at that...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
 
 
Continuing with their development model, the streaming channel has recently released its annual crop of pilots, and there are two which should find audience interest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
16
 
 
Whether you thought Rachel Maddow’s drop of Donald Trump 2005 IRS return on Tuesday night was a big scoop or a big fizzle, the one thing that we can maybe all agree on...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
12
 
 
Conservative observation has it that liberals usually assume everyone’s a critic of the President. See what happens in this SNL sketch when three scientists (including Scarlett Johansson) debut their new invention, a machine that translates for pets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under his belt, 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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