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2014
Jun
3
 
 
The passing on Sunday of beloved Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis brings all sorts of memories to mind for people lucky enough to have grown up during the Television Generation...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
31
 
 
The most interesting story about the fall season to come is the incredible number of superhero, fantasy and genre shows on the broadcast networks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
2
 
 
I remember a period spanning many years when The Waltons and its characters were part of the national conversation. They were household names; their routine "good nights" to each other at the end of every episode were mimicked by adults and kids alike...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
10
 
 
Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up as members of the television generation fondly remember the monster movie shows run by our local independent stations...  I grew up in the Tri-State area around New York...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jan
15
 
 
I can’t help but be amused when a promotional video with a running time of less than two minutes jumps out at me amid all of the extraordinary material that I have been surrounded by during the last week [at TCA]...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
8
 
 
Last month, I stood at the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald, on what would have been his 74th birthday, with the actor who portrays him...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Sep
14
 
 

The official start of the 2013-14 television season is only one week away... Maybe the reason I’m not so interested in the programs coming in the weeks ahead is that I’m too busy enjoying programs from decades gone by...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
24
 
 
“Consumers are desperate for some personal relationship with their media outlets,” Gary David Goldberg told me, somewhat prophetically, in 1994. “Someone is going to come along and redefine what that relationship is"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
May
17
 
 
There's no reason American Idol can’t stay with us for a long time to come, if the people in charge go back to treating it and the audience with the respect both deserve...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
General Hospital will mark its 50th anniversary in April. One year ago, I was almost certain that the anniversary would not come to pass...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 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

 
 

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