DAVID BIANCULLI

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2012
May
23
 
 
TBS' Men at Work: The saga of four buds who'll drink Buds (if TBS can land a product placement deal) while plotting their next plans of attack...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
During times when backlot filming provided cover for wide varieties of names and locations, Route 66 hit 40 different states for its 116 episodes — all of which can be seen on a new, 24-disc DVD collection...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
18
 
 
Now that we know what the 2012-2013 landscape looks like, let's look at a handful of pilots for potential series that didn't make the grade, either for the fall or midseason...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
17
 
 
No TV network worries in the least about being accused of the latter. And there's really no upside for a TV critic to upbraid NBC for canceling one of its very few hits, Harry's Law, because it didn't appeal to the "right" audience...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
12
 
 
Entering to the strains of "Hail to the Chief," Howard Stern considered it his due. "I'm the big star of the show. You'll see," he told a media gathering Thursday in New York, with the proceedings also piped out to interested out-of-town TV writers. The show is NBC's America's Got Talent, which launches Season 7 on Monday, May 14 with Stern replacing Piers Morgan and joining holdover judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Stern, 58, and now a self-described "elder statesman" of broad
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
11
 
 
Nice 'n' breezy does it. USA Network's newest series, Common Law, is reminiscent of the network's other successes: Royal Pains, Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar and Suits...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
8
 
 
Jake Johnson's very first pilot, New Girl, hit Fox running in September and became this season's first and really only instant hit. The actor reflects on the show's debut season, and his passion for Chicago sports...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
7
 
 
An "uncompromising" current events and lifestyle network aimed at Hispanics - but in English - is set for a 2013 launch, ABC and Univision jointly announced Monday. The 24-hour network, yet to be named, is aimed at tapping the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic population, which currently makes up 16 percent of the country's population and is expected to almost double by 2050, according to an ABC News publicity release. "Our mission is clear," ABC News president Ben Sherwood (pictured at far left w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
6
 
 
Saturday Night Live has landed iconic Mick Jagger to host the iconic show's May 19 season finale. He'll also be the musical guest, marking his third time in that capacity. Jagger (pictured with Jimmy Fallon, right) also has participated in a handful of SNL sketches over the years, but this will be his inaugural stint as ringmaster. *** The sly, cunning Fox network isn't joking with The Choice, a new celebrity dating game show that will feature swivel chairs and "the world's most eligibl
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
4
 
 
ABC will be tearing a big page from CBS' summertime playbook with its own transparent version of Big Brother. The Glass House, scheduled to premiere on Monday, June 18, locks 14 backstabbing contestants in a "totally wired, state-of-the-art house," with a grand prize of $250 grand at stake. The network notes that players will have to curry favor with their online "social networks" to stay ahead of the game. Because viewers can vote to "decide everything from what players wear and eat to t
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 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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