DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Feb
5
 
 
Maybe, just maybe, distilling the Civil War to good guys versus bad guys misses the point. PBS’s Mercy Street continues to raise that possibility in its second season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
2
 
 
NBC’s Powerless is also kind of pointless. The new series isn’t without its goofy charm. After all, it’s set in Charm City...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
2
 
 
Training Day hasn’t lost much of its brutality or cynicism in moving to the small screen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
1
 
 
Most of the civilized world would root for a family-run neighborhood doughnut shop that takes on Starbucks. The question is whether they would patronize it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
If you’re happy with TV crime procedurals where the bad guys get nailed and justice wins in a crisp 42 minutes, don’t bother watching the latest incarnation of Witness for the Prosecution when it debuts on Acorn TV Monday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
Warren Buffett is the kind of guy who gives the super-rich a good name. That’s probably America’s dominant perception of a man worth about $63 billion...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
Before he announces his Supreme Court nominee on live TV Tuesday night, President Trump might want to have someone on his staff Google Megan Walker...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
27
 
 
A Zelda Fitzgerald series is a wonderful and welcome thing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
26
 
 
Tell Laura I love her...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
26
 
 
The CW’s new high school drama Riverdale should be sponsored by Red Bull, because chugging a six-pack may be the only way to keep up with it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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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