DAVID BIANCULLI

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2017
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Saturday Night Live makes Donald Trump grate -- again and again. Thursday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were further evidence that his presidency has been very good for shows and performers that lampoon it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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The women -- and men -- of Freeform cable’s The Bold Type are uniformly equipped with sculpted bods, great looking wardrobes, and gorgeous good looks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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All these years later, the ploy’s the thing with William Shakespeare. How can the fabled bard’s life and times be cleverly exploited anew in hopes of luring a new generation of younger viewers?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Using “How Crack Began” as the principal promotional tease is really pushing it. Might too many viewers be very much inclined to just say no?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Led by Ted Turner, the colorization of feature films craze peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s after his company acquired the MGM library and sought to further monetize it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Open-ended endings haven’t yet reached the epidemic stage. They’re spreading, though...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Welcome all cheeky monkeys, and hairy apes as well, to ABC’s very live-wire remake of The Gong Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Perhaps a small community could be terrorized someday by Stephen King’s gigantic piles of cash. I’d pay to see that...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Back in the 1980s it was best to put one’s brain in a headlock before succumbing to Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling on whatever local TV station carried it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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It launched earlier this month as The Loch on the United Kingdom’s ITV network. Oh, but that’s just too drab for American audiences. So how about a little extra marketing punch?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Ed Bark

Since 2006, Ed Bark's local and national TV stories and observations have been showcased on his pioneering website, www.unclebarky.com.  For 26 years before that, he was TV critic for the Dallas Morning News. He's a past president of the Television Critics Association, and for seven years served on the national Peabody Awards board.

 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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