DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

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LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

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Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2012
Aug
14
 
 
On the eve of Julia Child's 100th birthday, chef Jacques Pepin and producer Geoffrey Drummond remember their years with the irrepressible chef...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Aug
9
 
 
The always-reliable PBS series Great Performances is offering three musical specials for people who enjoy good music...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
22
 
 
The occasion of what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday will be noted in a number of notable ways. PBS and Create TV will supply special programming to public-television stations. Each also will devote parts of its website to the event...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
20
 
 
For years I've asked myself: What does an Emmy mean to me as a viewer?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
12
 
 
PBS's History Detectives starts its 10th season with a segment that's stirred up a behind-the-scenes controversy involving ownership of a historic piece of rock memorabilia...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
29
 
 
PBS's four-part series Queen & Country offers a clear, interesting look at the British monarchy's deep and complex history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
30
 
 
Those who love splendid American literature will receive a special treat April 2 when American Masters, a PBS series with a strong reputation for serving up consistently delightful programming, pairs profiles of two renowned American authors...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
14
 
 
After I had written mostly positive things for TV WORTH WATCHING last year about a public-television series called Theater Talk (read the column HERE), I didn't think I'd be writing about this Broadway-news series again soon. Then NBC premiered Smash, and before the first episode was finished, I knew I had guessed incorrectly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
1
 
 
Would you suspect something was wrong if you turned on the PBS Newshour one evening and, instead of getting an intelligent dose of the day's news by the program's current on-air team, you saw Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer on the screen, talking about Iraq's recent invasion of Kuwait? Or if you opened your favorite travel magazine and saw a lead story about the imminent opening of Walt Disney World in Florida? We go to archives and libraries for that kind of history. We go to journalists for
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
1
 
 
Antiques Roadshow begins its 16th PBS season Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). It's a series that fascinates millions weekly, and has thrived over these many years on the air...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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