DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

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NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2017
Jun
15
 
 
For all the talk about summer blossoming into a fertile field for quality television, the truth is you have to hunt a little harder to find the good stuff once the days get longer and the nights get warmer. So here’s a place to look...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
One of the gems of current television, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, wraps up its first season with an ending that’s appropriately menacing and yet reassuringly cryptic...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
You wouldn’t necessarily say the level of violence, blood, and mutilation in Syfy’s new series Blood Drive is unprecedented. You could find a similar level of gore with relative ease at, say, the Chicago stockyards...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
11
 
 
Let’s agree that among all the film and TV versions of Batman, Adam West’s was the silliest. It was also one of the most important – because West kept Batman alive at a time when the character could have faded into bat-obscurity...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
10
 
 
Coming cold to the BBC America series Orphan Black is a little like stumbling on one of Einstein’s notebooks. Your first thought will not be, “Hey, I got this.”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
6
 
 
The Platinum Age of Television is as fragile as it is delectable. My latest personal reminder of this truth came while perusing the mortality list from the 2016-2017 TV season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
5
 
 
The Heart Guy, a new medical drama from Australia courtesy of Acorn TV, proves you can take the same premise for two shows and come out with almost diametrically opposed results...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
If any Walking Dead fans are wondering where all the zombies had disappeared lately, the third season of Fear the Walking Dead explains it in full...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
3
 
 
Gap Year, a Brit series that rolled out Friday on Hulu, suggests the real rule of overseas travel for millennials is this: Don’t forget to pack all the neuroses that drove you to travel in the first place...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
1
 
 
Every character on the CMT series Nashville desperately misses Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes. As viewers, we feel the same...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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