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THE SINGING DETECTIVE
December 17, 2012  | By David Bianculli

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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: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

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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