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1995: 'My So-Called Life' Finale Airs
January 26, 2017  | By Linda Donovan
 

My So-Called Life, the critically acclaimed but viewer-deficient drama about teenage angst, had its season finale on this day in 1995.  The show, starring a 15-year-old Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, Homeland), lasted only one season due to its regrettable ratings but also, reportedly, due to its star’s reluctance to return for another season. A number of serious topics were examined on the drama along with the storylines of the troubles, concerns, and the miseries of teenage life in the mid-1990s. Despite its single season, My So-Called Life was nominated for many awards and won a few including a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama for Claire Danes.

 
 
 
 
 
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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