DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

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2017
Apr
5
 
 
Sterling Archer meets Humphrey Bogart this season, and it’s about time. Archer, the title character in television’s finest animated detective dramedy, ended last season in a coma...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
4
 
 
If you imagine life in the Middle Ages was short, ugly and brutish, there’s a corner of television today that doesn’t portray it much differently. Take the return of Prison Break on Fox at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
4
 
 
Once upon a time, the undead on iZombie were just misunderstood. Now someone wants to kill them. That may sound a little weird, the undead already being dead and all...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
3
 
 
When Kim Snyder decided to make a documentary on the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., she didn’t want simply to plunge back into the darkness...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
2
 
 
The only bad thing about PBS’s Home Fires is that, alas, its second season will be its last...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
2
 
 
The delivery of babies remains a constant on PBS’s Call the Midwife, but almost everything else in the show’s world keeps changing as we move to Season 6 and the early 1960s...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
Costarring with a toon has only worked a few times in the history of filmed entertainment, like for Jimmy Stewart and Gene Kelly and Bob Hoskins and that’s kind of it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
Harlots, which launches Wednesday (3/29) on the streaming service Hulu, is a British period drama quite unlike anything most viewers would expect or would ever have seen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
28
 
 
Back in the 1960s, the Firesign Theater comedy troupe did a short bit in which a German accused of Nazi war crimes is tracked down in Argentina and swears he knew nothing about anything. “During der war,” he says in an exaggerated German accent, “I was a gaucho on the Pampas.”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
28
 
 
Before her show is interred, let’s say a few kind words about Bones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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