DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
SecondSpin.com
 
 
 
 
2012
Jun
3
 
 
All the hoo-hah about Hatfields & McCoys got me thinking about Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy. History Channel’s hit miniseries may well be the most accurate take on the notorious rivalry, but Mirandy is surely the funniest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
16
 
 
About this time a year ago, I watched Patrick Jane shoot and kill a man who claimed to be his nemesis — and like millions of fans of CBS’s The Mentalist, I was left wondering how creator Bruno Heller and his writers could keep Jane out of prison...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
4
 
 
Should we paying more attention to America's tradition of self-defense and vigilantism, and how it's being celebrated by popular entertainment?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
10
 
 
On my first of what turned out to be many summer TV critics' tours to L.A., I couldn't resist approaching the most feared and famous journalist in America...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
15
 
 
Welcome to Burger Kink. May I take your order? You can have it your way, or one of our hot and juicy sandwiches will have its way with you. Would you like fries with that? A shake? A condom? Okay, you got me. I'm faking it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
5
 
 
At least once a month, my wife and I order a DVD from Netflix that contains a quartet of Law & Order episodes...We feel a need for something with which we can kill an hour here, an hour there, and not have to worry about committing ourselves to 12 hours of keeping track of yet another running storyline...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
12
 
 
What's left to be said about The Simpsons as it approaches its milestone 500th episode on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. ET? Well, we could talk about its literary kinship to the works of William Faulkner....Is not Homer Simpson, with his abiding fondness for beer, deep-fried everything a certain sort of Southern man?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
3
 
 
When you're alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go... Down-tonnnn! Okay, I've gotten that out of the way, my worst pun of the year. So far. But let's do talk about Downton Abbey, the most watched and talked-about series PBS has had since, oh, The Civil War...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
21
 
 
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a partridge. In a pear tree. Really. This was a few years back, when we were still courting. But I'm reminded of her generosity and creativity every year about this time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
21
 
 
If it please the court, I'd like to advocate on behalf of The Advocates. It's a series whose time has come. Again. The Advocates was a weekly public-TV presentation from 1969 through 1974, revived as a bi-weekly program for most of 1978-79...while the fisticuffs were all verbal, it could pack a wallop. Many an intellectual hotshot left the arena with his or her ego bruised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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

 
 

This Day in TV History