DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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With the acclaimed movie Dunkirk landing in theaters this week, it’s a good moment for another, earlier British perspective on that remarkable drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Noah Hawley says one of his primary inspirations for writing the FX sci-fi series Legion was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. But Jean Smart suggests she was more inspired by another classic rock band of that era: Blind Faith...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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PBS’s Weekend in Havana special makes at least two valuable points. The first, and most significant, assures viewers that Havana deserves a spot on almost everyone’s travel wish list...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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USA’s Shooter returns with a bang. Make that many bangs. The action adventure thriller wastes no time when it returns. It does, however, waste several characters.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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You could look on Loaded as a good-faith attempt by AMC to make up for every dark show with which it has cost us a good night’s sleep over the last two decades...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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The new Netflix ensemble comedy Friends From College takes a familiar premise and doesn’t quite know what to do with it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Imagine a lite version of Indiana Jones condensed into an hour each week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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If it’s summertime, CBS must be breaking out a new drama about how we’re all going to die...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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USA’s Suits starts Season 7 with a game of musical chairs...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Freeform’s new drama The Bold Type tells a lively girl-bonding story that could stand to be just a little bolder itself...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Hinckley

David Hinckley first grasped the power of television when, at the age of 8, he bullied his parents into buying a basset hound like Cleo on The People’s Choice. He named her Cleo. Somewhat more recently, he worked for 35 years at The New York Daily News, the last seven covering television.

 
 

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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