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1987: 'Karen's Song' Premieres on Fox
July 18, 2017  | By TV WW
 
This day marked the premiere of the Fox sitcom, Karen's Song.

The series starred Patty Duke as Karen Matthews, a fortysomething divorcée who begins dating a 28-year-old caterer, played by Lewis Smith. Future Lois & Clark and Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher played Matthews' college-age daughter, Laura. Lainie Kazan played Karen's supportive friend, Claire.

Thirteen episodes were made, but only nine were aired.
 
 
 
 
 
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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

 

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