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

 
 
 
 
 
2016
Oct
7
 
 
TVWW UPDATE 10/01/16 -- Well, TVWW readers, if you’re like us, you’re probably staggering after last week’s debate and your political hangover is pretty bad even though the election is still about 6 weeks off. No such maladies for David, though...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
24
 
 
TVWW Update -- We expect David to post his own hello to TVWW readers sometime very soon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
17
 
 
TVWW Update: David continues to be on the upswing, TVWW readers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
3
 
 
TVWW Update: David continues to be kicking back in the lounger — and, hey, watching a heck of a lot of TV. Like the rest of us, he’s finding August TV viewing pretty sparse, so he’s been catching up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
31
 
 
Dearest, most ardent, TVWW readers: We see you’ve noticed the program content keeps coming, but the Best Bets column continues to be conspicuously blank...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
24
 
 
We are so sorry, but BEST BETS continue to be offline. We will return soon with more picks for your nightly viewing. Thank you for your patience...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
8
 
 
(From NPR) The eight-part drama series centers on a college student who is suspected of murder after an adventurous night out. Critic David Bianculli says "everything about The Night Of is quite impressive..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
23
 
 
American Masters premiered on PBS on this day in 1986...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
19
 
 
This new Blu-Ray release will not be the final word on the classic Star Trek series this year, since September marks the original show’s golden anniversary... A few months from now, Paramount/CBS is scheduled to issue a mega-box set, including not only the 79 episodes from the classic Star Trek series that are here on Blu-Ray, but also the Star Trek movies featuring the original TV show cast members...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
13
 
 

Monday on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I review the new CBS series BrainDead, which I like a lot. But here on TVWW, I offer a special mini-interview with that show’s creators…

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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