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Acting Up on Porpoise
March 1, 2017  | By Eric Gould
 
We’ve been fans of Nature’s recent miniseries Spy in the Wild (finishing tonight, Wednesday, March 1.) The series has given us an inside look at real animal behavior when they don’t know anyone is looking courtesy of spy cameras hidden in animal mannequins nearby. This clip from episode 4, “Bad Behavior” follows a gang of teenaged male dolphins. Seems the lads are like most youths, unruly and too rambunctious for orderly family life. So much so, they’re banished away for good. So what do they do? Surf and hang out in gangs, of course – and spend some time playing ping pong with a puffer fish. But it also turns out they might be getting a gas out of the neurotoxin the puffer carries as a defense. It’s a bit of a debate among marine experts that that’s what’s actually going on here, but it sure seems like the kids are feeling alright. –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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