DAVID BIANCULLI

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2016
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I admit it. I’m still a sucker for Suits. USA’s lawyer drama has a big reveal coming up this week. We will learn who ratted out Mike Ross...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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If you watch the Super Bowl to see the ads, pretty soon you may not have to watch the Super Bowl at all... more and more ads are being released online before the game...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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If America had paid attention to what was really going on at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says Courtney B. Vance, we might not be suffering the trouble and the death we see in our cities two decades later...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Dinner at Downton Abbey has gotten rowdy over the years, but it never got scary until Sunday night, when Lord Grantham...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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With television drama, it’s not often that we get to say OMG, look what just splashed down. With Louie C.K.’s new Horace and Pete, we do. It's a 67-minute drama that C.K. posted on his website Saturday, without advance notice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Fox’s Grease Live! this Sunday isn’t quite any of the things it’s nominally selling. That’s not a dismissal or a prejudgment. It just means viewers should assess it by what it’s really aiming to be, which is bubbly and fizzy fun...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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You, Me and the Apocalypse puts the fun back into depressive television. NBC’s 10-part miniseries follows a bizarre bunch of people through what are billed as the last 34 days of civilization on the planet Earth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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It would be convenient to see Outsiders as a lucky case of TV art imitating life, with a small Appalachian clan being forced by the Feds off the rugged mountain on which they have lived for 200 years...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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Leo Tolstoy might have been surprised by a few of the scenes in the new television adaptation of War and Peace, just as Jane Austen might have been surprised 20 years ago by a few scenes in the television version of Pride & Prejudice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
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It’s official. The Downton Abbey world we knew is over. On Sunday night, in episode four of the sixth and final season, Mary said something complimentary about Edith...

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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