DAVID BIANCULLI

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2012
Jun
18
 
 
Even though the setting is inescapably familiar, with a few stock-character church ladies thrown in for good measure, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland spin-off, The Soul Man, shows promise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
30
 
 
Jesse Owens was a flawed hero whose record-setting exploits in track took him to the 1936 Olympics, yet still did not shield him from racism. On Tuesday, PBS's American Experience tells his story...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
6
 
 
This is holy week. Notice the lower case spelling: that's because it's holy week for golf...executives at ESPN and CBS are praying that millions flock to their TV sets over the next three days to witness golf's greatest show, The Masters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
12
 
 
Ah, yes, the sweet sound of sneaker squeaks echoing through a nearly empty arena. There's nothing quite like it this time of year, as the NCAA men's lowly "First Four" begin their extremely long-shot attempt at making the Final Four...Filling arenas will be their supporting cast of thousands -- pep bands, team colors, face paint, and tears, of joy and dejection...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
17
 
 
Bernie Madoff guessed wrong. His Ponzi scheme would have yielded bucks just as big as the millions he bilked, and he would have been able to hide in plain sight, had he done just one simple thing: corral investors to sponsor college football bowl games...It's true...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
3
 
 
Westerns got serious when Hollywood started to show just how bedraggled towns were in the era that preceded pavement. Comes now -- far from the sunny, spotless sets on Hollywood back lots -- Hell on Wheels, approaching the midway point of its first-season run...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Sep
7
 
 
The dance around the delicate subject of interracial marriage played out in full last week when firefighter Bart "Black Shawn" Johnston (Larenz Tate) married into the rowdy Irish Gavin family on FX's Rescue Me. Of course the nuptials really were not surprising, given Shawn's tenacity and his just plain weird attraction to the alcoholic Colleen Gavin (Natalie Distler)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
15
 
 
Who is this guy? This isn't a feeble attempt to test your golf I.Q. It's more like a feeble attempt to slide NBC viewers a crib sheet before players tee off Thursday for this year's U.S. Open...Mind you, the broadcasters' descriptive "World's No. 1" and Tiger Woods were coupled for so long that it seemed the gifted one would take that title to his grave...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Mar
14
 
 
Americans just can't help themselves. Every March, our attention seems dominated by the NCAA men's basketball national championship. It's the CBS hype of March Madness, but also the biggest single-elimination sporting event on the planet. Even losing teams in soccer's World Cup get a stroll through the round robin before being shown the door...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Feb
3
 
 
Without pondering this question, answer: What follows Thanksgiving measured by the amount of food Americans consume on one occasion? Christmas? Nah. July 4th picnics? Not even close...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Gerald Jordan

Gerald B. Jordan is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas. Earlier in his career, he was a respected, unusually well-dressed TV critic for the Kansas City Star.
 
 

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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