DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

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GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

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JONATHAN STORM

 
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2016
Aug
10
 
 
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight ran down the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio recently...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
30
 
 
Key & Peele are just releasing their Complete Series collection this week and their comedy series, while notable for its hairpiece excellence, is perhaps more so as an early adopter of social media...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
25
 
 
Jon Stewart arose from TV retirement last week (and from underneath Stephen Colbert’s desk at The Late Show) to let loose one of his trademark rants...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
20
 
 
With Garry Marshall’s passing, we fondly recall his contribution to the optimistic side of television writing and directing and how that time may never return. One of Marshall’s shows also contributed to TV lexicography, although obviously, not intentionally..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
The new summer variety series Maya and Marty has premiered, and first impressions of this genre revival were very good. The variety show may yet rise again. Martin Short reprised his old Jiminy Glick character, an unwitting, ingratiating, overweight Hollywood reporter who "compliments" his subjects with a chain of earnest, back-handed insults... and Larry David's inability to do the interview straight was the best part...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
26
 
 
TV was infamously deemed a “vast wasteland” and the “the idiot box.” But what we missed was that as a new medium — an electronic one — TV was first, at its core, one thing. It was modern art...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
21
 
 
Sacha Baron Cohen’s new The Brothers Grimsby is now out in theaters, and we’ve been riffing on old clips from his HBO series Da Ali G Show for a couple of weeks now. (Booyakasha!)... Cohen is brilliant at maneuvering and improvising on the spot — and it’s no surprise he got himself in front of none other than the seeming next Republican presidential nominee to gleefully pitch a new business idea...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
18
 
 
Kanye West is apparently $53 million in debt so he’s looking for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to not only get him out of debt, but to also pony up $1 billion to back West’s startup, called Donda... Stephen Colbert runs down the whole story for you...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
12
 
 
We’re big fans of OK Go, the alt-rock group that seems to have made its stake not only with hit songs, but also with accompanying jaw-dropping videos that are art projects all by themselves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
24
 
 
So, with some of the TVWW crew in The Olde Towne, the Late Night with Seth Meyers spoof on Boston film tropes in a trailer for a fake picture called Boston Accent was especially loved. Like wicked pissa...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Eric Gould

Associate Editor

Eric Gould is a writer in Boston. 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 is also the DVD review editor for TVWW. 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.

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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