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2016
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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 came to the U.S. on May 14 in the form of the final show – live – thanks to the Logo Network. This is the first year, since the contest’s start in 1956, that we’ve seen the competition on U.S. television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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The shocking and sudden death of the monumentally talented Prince on April 21 has clearly created great sadness, but it has also brought about an abundance of memories. One of our favorites is his appearance on Muppets Tonight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
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Recently, Kevin Spacey came to visit The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and read scenes from House of Cards...in a way...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
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The short-lived sitcom Day by Day premiered on NBC on this date in 1988...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
27
 
 
Between the infamous tone set last Thursday evening during the latest Republican debate and the Academy Awards telecast coming up, what better time to see “Mean Tweets – Movie Edition” from Jimmy Kimmel Live!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
5
 
 
We’ve mourned the demise of the variety show, but, in truth, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It has relocated to a non-traditional place -- late night television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
27
 
 
Getting around Manhattan, on a good day, can be a challenge. Add over two feet of snow from Winter Storm Jonas to the equation and you need to become creative...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
27
 
 
Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai is a courageous, profound, charming, and intelligent young woman. And apparently quite the magician with a great sense of humor...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
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During Stephen Colbert’s second week as host of CBS’ Late Show, he arranged a sort of mini-tribute to one of the funniest, if not the funniest, women on the planet – Carol Burnett...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
19
 
 
There is a rather significant event taking place in the television industry this weekend. On Saturday, September 19, the longest-running variety show in TV history, Sábado Gigante, will end its 53-year run on the Univision network...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Linda Donovan

Assistant Editor
Linda's childhood love affair with television propelled her into working in that very medium for over 20 years. Ironically, despite her early devotion to programming, her specialty was station administration and FCC compliance. So she can tell you all about The Flintstones as well as why it does not qualify as E/I under the Children's Television Act.

 
 

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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