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Life After Jimmy: TV critic David Bianculli on the second-season finale shocker of 'Boardwalk Empire' and its upcoming third season.
February 24, 2012  | By About TVWW
 

Rowan University professor and NPR film and TV critic David Bianculli

TV critic David Bianculli on the second-season finale shocker of 'Boardwalk Empire' and its upcoming third season.

(Atlantic City Weekly - By Daniel Aupperle) HBO's Boardwalk Empire has taken the country by storm since its debut in 2010 and most recently got fans buzzing about its shocking second-season finale in December.

TV critic for NPR's "Fresh Air" program and associate professor of TV and film at New Jersey's Rowan University, David Bianculli — who Atlantic City Weekly interviewed prior to the start of the HBO drama series' second season — was no exception and reacted similarly to the finale, which saw one of its main characters get killed off.

"I'm still spinning about the way that it ended," Bianculli tells Atlantic City Weekly.

"The ending caught me by surprise even though I know the history to which it's adhering. I thought it was such a bold and dramatic move. You sort of figured the series was going to be about these two characters and then one of them dies suddenly at the end of season two."

Bianculli draws a parallel to one of his other favorite series, also on HBO, Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok, one of the key characters initially, was killed off only a few episodes in. (more)

 
 
 
 
 
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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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