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A Graphic Introduction
March 18, 2017  | By Eric Gould
 
The new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan is a throwback to old Hollywood and the tale of the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). The clip, inspired by the simple cut-out figures and titles by Saul Bass during the same decade (Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo and many others you’ll remember) does its job well, setting up the conflict of the main characters and the historical mood of the times. (For a look back at TVWW’s views on main titles, see the season one versions of Vikings here, and Homeland, here.–Eric Gould

 
 
 
 
 
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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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