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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
6
 
 
Syfy sets reporters loose on the Toronto set of its upcoming science-fiction fantasy series, Defiance (and its current series, Warehouse 13)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
27
 
 
Back in the Fifties, an up-and-coming Hagman was hired by cartoonist Leonard Starr as the model for a character in Starr’s popular comic strip series, Mary Perkins On Stage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
16
 
 
Television is increasingly the medium to beat at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of all facets of genre culture...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
26
 
 
In a truly startling development, the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented in a live telecast Saturday that actually honored and respected the day-part they are intended to celebrate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
When it comes to generating excitement for the networks' upcoming fall and midseason schedules, there is nothing quite like the annual upfront week in New York City. TVWW contributor Ed Martin recaps the action...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
30
 
 
It’s been two months since executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati took control of ABC’s ailing General Hospital. TVWW's Ed Martin assesses their progress, and makes a few creative suggestions of his own...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
29
 
 
I'm not sure what to make of the big surprise on "General Hospital" this week -- but then again, I haven't known what to make of GH in a very long time (years, actually). Robin Scorpio is alive -- and looking very tanned and rested, I might add...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
1
 
 
Watching General Hospital these last two weeks -- as the energetic efforts of One Life to Liveveterans Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati to save the show from almost certain doom begin to play out -- it occurs to me that my time as a fan of this once-formidable serial has come full circle...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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