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

 
 
 
 
 
2014
Jul
1
 
 
If Louie is unlike any TV series, ever, that’s not to say it’s the first series to toss one or more TV conventions to the winds, or to expand the boundaries. It has precedents in daring...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
30
 
 
Pivot, a cable and online network, will be televising a condensed, impressionistic version of the May 19 Peabody Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET, with online access the next day. Less will almost certainly be more...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
3
 
 

The reviews are in, and they’re overwhelmingly raves, but nonetheless I’m going to forego Fargo. I’ve taken one too many walks on the vile side...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
5
 
 
Mr. Peabody, the talking canine of Bullwinkle fame, and now a movie star in his own right, has more in common with Peabody Awards inspiration George Foster Peabody than most people, or puppies, realize...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
20
 
 
By the time Les Brown published his first Encyclopedia of Televisionin 1978, he was already worthy of an entry of his own.,,,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
22
 
 
A golden age of television is now blindingly aglitter, if you agree with the critics and the fans who gush about Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland... But what about the original “golden” age?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
5
 
 
We saw mushroom clouds in our nightmares.  Fallout freaked us out. We had plenty more to fear than fear itself...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Sep
29
 
 
The pitch: Washington Irving rises to avenge the ripoff and reconfiguring of not only The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but also the plot of his other best known story, Rip Van Winkle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Sep
8
 
 

Mr. Peabody, the erudite dog in the Bullwinkle cartoons, had his WABAC (“way back”) machine for visiting the past. George Foster Peabody, no relation, has his own version... A very large time capsule...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
27
 
 
“Mr. Television Studies” may not be a zingy moniker, but it suits the courtly scholar and overseer of the most revered prize for TV, radio and other electronic media...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Noel Holston

Noel Holston wrote about TV, radio and popular culture for the Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Newsday before going to grow wine bottles near Athens, GA.
 
 

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