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ANOTHER ONE LEAVES 'THE DAILY SHOW' NEST
May 5, 2015  | By Monique Nazareth
 
As Jon Stewart himself said, The Daily Show has been "down this road a few times this year. Each time it's not easy." He was talking about another departure from the show; this time "Senior Senior Correspondent," Samantha Bee, whose last day was April 30. What followed was a montage of some of the crazier pieces she's done followed by clips of the more pointed pieces that, as Stewart said, were "closest to her heart.” It was a fantastic way to showcase her amazing work over the last twelve years, but Bee herself was too choked up to say anything after the wonderful tribute. She's leaving Comedy Central to work on two projects for TBS. One is a show she'll host and executive produce with her husband, former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones. The talented Canadian couple is also developing a scripted series for the network. All the tearful goodbyes on The Daily Show are leading up to Stewart's own farewell on August 6. So keep that box of tissues handy.  – Monique Nazareth

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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. (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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