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

 
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2017
Apr
6
 
 

Don Rickles has died, at age 90 – leaving behind a legacy of some hilarious TV clips from the 1960s and beyond. With Rickles, there are more personal elements as well: I remember fondly my Fresh Air interview with him in 2007, and Eric Gould, one of our TVWW editors, owes his very life to Don Rickles…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
24
 
 
This week’s scheduled guests include MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who has interviewed Bill Maher on his own show in the past (pictured), but is showing up tonight on Real Time with a new book to promote – but who, this week, better be prepared to talk about a lot more than just that book…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
27
 
 

The climax of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards on ABC was the most amazing ending in televised awards show history. It was also the biggest mistake in awards show history, by far. But before long, it also will become the most-viewed moment in Oscar history…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
4
 
 

Fifty years ago, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered on CBS and shook up TV seismically. And based on reader reaction to my Feb. 3, 2017 New York Times Op-Ed story about their show’s golden anniversary, the brothers, and their show, continue to be much appreciated…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
4
 
 
I haven’t seen a preview of this show – but since Fox is the official network showing the Super Bowl this year, I’m very curious about how this special intends to handle the most infamous Super Bowl halftime show of all. Well, maybe “handle” is the wrong word. But will this Fox special be sufficiently fair and balanced to recount the furor surrounding Janet Jackson’s unexpected unveiling at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004? Or, since CBS got in so much trouble for b
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
25
 
 

Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at age 80. She was a true TV icon, being the beloved star of not one classic TV series, but two…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
24
 
 
It’s for the return of a beloved and acclaimed HBO series, but this particular promo manages to be much more than a plug for an upcoming show. Video Worth Watch seldom presents promos in this spot, but this new, clever HBO ad absolutely deserves the attention, and the praise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
16
 
 

Season 1 of Netflix’s delightful new version of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was unveiled Friday. I spoke with one of the show’s executive producers and directors, Barry Sonnenfeld of Men in Black and Pushing Daisies fame, to discuss the new remake…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
8
 
 

A superb CBS production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, presumed lost following its 1966 premiere, returns to TV tonight on TCM. Here’s the behind-the-scenes story, from those who found, restored, and scheduled the special, and from its surviving star, Hal Holbrook…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
5
 
 
SERIES RETURN: After a short and too-silent hiatus, Samantha Bee is back. And her voice was missed, so welcome her back tonight, with her sorely needed take on the current news, and the political and Twitter choices of President-Elect Donald Trump.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour',has recently been purchased for film rights. His next, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is coming this fall, 2016.

 
 

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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