DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
Apr
24
 
 
It’s always sad to see a great show quietly end its run with little or no fanfare. Case in point: A&E’s Bates Motel, which will have its series finale tonight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
5
 
 
IFC’s Brockmire -- a seemingly sad story about a washed-up, alcohol-abusing, former major league play-by-play announcer attempting to rebound from a personal crisis happens to be the best new comedy of 2017 to date.  It is also the funniest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
1
 
 
The loss of Grant Tinker this week feels very personal to me – even though I never even met the man, and not because so many of the shows he was responsible for in the Seventies and Eighties...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
19
 
 
A professor of mine once said that films are “cultural artifacts.” They capture the details of the period in which they are set, reflect the social mores of the day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
15
 
 
Broadcast television accomplished something quite remarkable Sunday night; something that proved there is still great life in the old “dinosaur” of media...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
8
 
 
What’s to become of broadcast television now that CBS’ The Good Wife has reached the end of its run? It’s an important question...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
7
 
 
La’Porsha for the win! Even at the last, American Idol can get me (and millions of others) caught up in the excitement of it all...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
29
 
 
It seems that every passing week this year brings word of the passing of yet another great television star of yesterday or not that long ago...Garry Shandling...The Waltons creator Earl Hamner Jr. And now Patty Duke...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
13
 
 
The overload of quality television shows no sign of waning anytime soon, even if critics are collapsing under the burden of it all and ordinary people are starting to push back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
1
 
 
For as far back as I can remember, Grease has been “the word.” And yet, during Sunday night’s three-hour live production of that campy pop-culture classic, many other words came to mind: “Dazzling,” “thrilling,” “ground-breaking,”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Ed Martin

Ed Martin is a media critic whose columns appear at MediaVillage and The Huffington Post. He is the former senior editor of Inside Media and has also written for USA Today, Advertising Age, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide. The first five shows on Ed's all-time top-ten list are, in order, I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and two from the BBC, Skins and Coupling. The remaining five shows are in constant flux, but they usually include Green Acres, The Twilight Zone and The Sopranos.
 
 

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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