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It was pretty, pretty, pretty ... pretty good!
February 7, 2016  | By Monique Nazareth
 
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a much anticipated appearance this weekend on Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by his doppelganger, Larry David. While the two had a funny historical sketch together, it was the parody of David's HBO Curb Your Enthusiasm which stole the show. Entitled (of course) "Bern Your Enthusiasm," it melded the fictional David with Sanders after his narrow loss of the Iowa Caucus. Larry-Bernie causes the usual hostility to erupt around him after refusing to shake the hand of a supporter because she coughed into it before extending it.  And then there are the campaign workers based on the Curb characters played by Jeff Garlin and Suzie Essman…  –Monique Nazareth

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 under $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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