DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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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…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
19
 
 

Last fall, CW introduced only one new fall series, and it was among the season’s very best: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This fall, that show is back – and so is another entertaining show, picked up from a different network…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
18
 
 

CBS is sending Supergirl up, up and away to sister network CW this fall, and adding three new dramas and three new comedies before the year is out. Most have a strong whiff of the familiar…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
18
 
 

Last year, ABC had what seemed like the most promising new show of the season – but The Muppets never gelled, and now it’s gone. Yet despite a tepid new lineup, ABC once again has one promising new show… but this year, will promises be fulfilled?

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 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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