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Alternative Acts
February 6, 2017  | By Eric Gould
 

Granted, this may not be for all TVWW readers, but greetings from Boston, home of one of your TVWW editors and a million or so bleary-eyed survivors of last night’s historic Super Bowl LI overtime finish. (Reports have it at a 48.8 rating, 72 share, 113 million viewers… and the other 18% were watching??…) The discussion here today is that whatever side you were on last night, the 25-point comeback by the Patriots was, to put it mildly, incredible. For us homers here in New England, there was another notable TV moment – a local MRI provider, Shields, had been running a local spot with Brady having to put all his valuables and jewelry in a locker before going in for his scan. Of course, he takes off his four prior Super Bowl rings and the technician asks if that’s all. He smiles, “For now.” Seems that Shields filmed an alternate ending (probably done in December when the Patriots clinched a playoff spot) which ran here in New England immediately after the game — with Brady pulling a fifth ring out of his pocket. The tech mentions he might need a bigger locker. Brady says, “Roger that.” Maybe Brady was banking on just a little bit of winking revenge… –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. (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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