DAVID BIANCULLI

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

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MONIQUE NAZARETH

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2015
Sep
25
 
 
TV watchers who can look over the following list and discover at least one person about whom they would like to know more owe themselves an hour of top-notch viewing Sept. 25...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
13
 
 
Perhaps some day an episode of Nova will explain how the brains of PBS schedulers work...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
11
 
 
Brian Williams has been released from the network's penalty box, according to numerous news articles...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
5
 
 
Despite some pretty authoritative advice to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, for many people in the world today, religion is politics. This point of view is abundantly apparent in an upcoming public television documentary, Pope Francis -- The Sinner...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
22
 
 
Public television's Rick Sebak generates as much excitement among many PBS followers as J.K. Rowling or Steve Jobs ever did on the mass-market field...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
3
 
 
New U.S. presidents almost always are immediate heirs, inheriting big problems, and -- if lucky -- some of the glow. There was a lot of the former and only bits of the latter when Lyndon Johnson took over the presidency after the Kennedy assassination...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
20
 
 
For anyone who ever has guessed the exact number of jellybeans in a jar, correctly picked a 40-to-one long shot to win a horse race or accurately predicted what Donald Trump would say next, Antiques Roadshow's summer reruns should be a natural viewing choice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
17
 
 
Let's start with a stipulation: Because regular visitors to this website enjoy high-quality entertainment, there's no need to make a case for the extraordinary entertainment contained in Driving Miss Daisy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
13
 
 
Many heroes aren't immediate, as Independent Lens, "Limited Partnership" will point out. This is the story of two men. They fell in love and spent four decades fighting U.S. immigration laws that didn't recognize gay relationships...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
28
 
 
Though many a symphony season-ticket holder might protest the following as unsophisticated and lazy, a great place to watch and appreciate a classical concert is in front of a good TV set during an expertly directed production...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Tom Brinkmoeller

I wrote about television for a daily newspaper (The Cincinnati Enquirer) in the '80s, but what drew me to covering it was how good this young medium so often was. So much of what was good then came from MTM Enterprises and its alumni. When I left the beat, MTM was still setting high standards with drama series like St. Elsewhere and comedies like Newhart. Because general TV standards have dropped a great distance since then, it's no reason to capitulate. My role here is to find and spotlight programming that still honors high standards.
 
 

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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