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2008: Beijing Presents a Spectacular Olympic Opener
August 8, 2017  | By TV WW
 
On this day in 2008, Beijing produced a four-hour Olympics opening ceremony that is considered by many to be the most spectacular Olympic opener ever staged — an extravaganza the American Film Institute called the most significant live event of the year.

Directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the four-hour show featured more than 15,000 performers, ranging from children to martial arts masters.

Four drummers kicked off the event, which included elaborate, artistic tributes to China's Four Great Inventions — paper, printing, gunpowder, and the compass — and 5,000 years of Chinese art, culture and history. At one point, illuminated performers used their bodies to recreate the bird's nest shape of the Beijing National Stadium, the primary venue for the 2008 Summer Games.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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