DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2016
Nov
10
 
 

Friday, Nov. 11, I return to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross as a guest host. But today, the day before, I’m scheduled to show up as a guest guest – with Terry interviewing me about my new Platinum Age of Television book…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
4
 
 
TVWW Update – Once again, it’s David Bianculli, back in the saddle, serving up another dose of weekly Bianculli’s Best Bets, and happy to be doing so. (And very happy to be reconnecting with readers, too! Thanks for the kind words, for welcoming me back, and for being so properly appreciative of all the TVWW writers and editors who continue to keep things running around here. On to another week of TV recommendations, highlighted by the deciding games of this year’s World Series, featuring the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
28
 
 
TVWW Update Hey, there, faithful readers! David Bianculli here, and after months in the hospital and recuperating, I'm back -- doing Bianculli's Best Bets, at least, on a weekly basis until I get fully up to speed. (Thanks, Eric, for filling the void, and so entertainingly, in my absence.) And what a week for a comeback, starting with postseason baseball on Fox Sports 1, and more faux presidential debate buffoonery on NBC's Saturday Night Live...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
21
 
 

Dear, dear TVWW readers: I’m back, I’m recovering, and, to quote Monty Python, I’m not dead yet. Thanks for your patience, and your loyalty, while I’ve been healing, glacially but gratefully…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
20
 
 
TVWW Update — Flesh-eating zombies and a nuclear apocalypse are on the way this week. No, that’s not what’s in store for the third presidential debate on Wednesday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
14
 
 
TVWW Update 10/08/16 — Well, TVWW readers, this last week saw a mighty blowhard force threaten the U.S., stressing out millions that lay in its erratic, unpredictable path. Hurricane Matthew was also in the news...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

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's also an author and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His 2009 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', has been purchased for film rights and his latest, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is now available at Amazon. The paperback version will be released fall, 2017.

 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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