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THE SINGING DETECTIVE
December 17, 2012  | By David Bianculli

Flix, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
I’d love to report that this is an ultra-rare telecast of the brilliant 1986 Dennis Potter British miniseries – but it’s not. It’s an equally ultra-rare telecast of the 2003 Americanized movie version, which, even though Potter himself wrote the screenplay, is hampered by being severely shortened, poorly cast, and not at all inventively staged. Still, it has moments. And it also has Robert Downey, Jr. in the leading role, which almost makes up for the supporting-player miscasting of Mel Gibson as the psychiatrist and Katie Holmes as Nurse Mills.
 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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