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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
November 5, 2007  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment
 

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
(Gainesville Sun - Jan. 17, 1976)

The University of Florida used to have an Applied Journalism program in which seniors in the journalism program would report to the local paper, The Gainesville Sun, and work as instant interns in various departments, under the direction of UF journalism teachers. One day that fall, Diane Chun of the features department graciously accepted my pitch to write a review of a brand-new TV show aimed at college kids, since I was a college kid and Gainesville was a college town.

The review of the fall 1975 premiere never ran in the paper - but shortly thereafter, I was asked to update the review by also discussing the handful of other episodes that had aired, and this is the result.

When it ran, the Sun's editor, Ed Johnson, called me into his office and asked me to do more TV reviews, at $5 a pop. By the time I got my Masters, I had two years as a TV critic under my belt, and enough clips to land a full-time job in the capacity. A third of a century later, Saturday Night Live is still going strong. Must have been my positive review.

 

Bianculli SNL Gainesville Sun 011776.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
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Bob
Sorry man, but SNL hasn't been funny or relevant in years. Decades, even.
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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