DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

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2017
Apr
15
 
 
Showtime’s new limited series Guerrilla tells an important story imperfectly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
14
 
 
It would be presumptuous yet not totally untrue to say Amazon’s Fortitude resembles Fargo without the laughs...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
13
 
 
The Vietnam War, the 10-part, 18-hour documentary series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, has just gotten its deployment orders from PBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
12
 
 
You don’t have to believe in magic to star in Syfy’s The Magicians, but it’s worked out pretty well for Stella Maeve...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
10
 
 
Even given the monumental stupidity of war in general, World War I was particularly inexplicable. More than 15 million lives were lost in a war that was essentially over nothing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
10
 
 

Better Call Saul returns with a slow burn. It also brings back Gus Fring, which may energize fans more than the opening pace of the story...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
9
 
 

Homeland wraps up its sixth season Sunday and as usual, the wrapping will have some loose ends hanging out. “I think it’s very fair to say everything won’t be resolved,” says producer Lesli Linka Glatter, who directed Sunday’s season finale...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
8
 
 
The Son keeps AMC in the business of historic American heartland epics with sweeping moral implications...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
7
 
 
Whether you think Playboy magazine liberated America from its puritanical shackles or sent America spiraling into a Godless moral hell, you gotta admit it changed the game...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
6
 
 
To the casual viewer who just likes a good tense police mystery drama, the Swedish series Jordskott seems to be exactly that right up until the moment we suddenly realize it’s also a sci-fi horror story...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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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