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This is No Jenny From the Block
November 24, 2015  | By Jonathan Storm
 
As part of a BBC special hosted by Graham Norton, producers rounded up nine Adele impersonators, supposedly to audition for a reality show. They’re a varied lot, including one drag queen, and they all seem kind and concerned about each other, and some can carry a tune pretty well. Imagine their reaction when the tenth contestant, an extremely nervous woman introduced as Jenny, starts to sing, and they slowly realize she is no impersonator at all, but their idol, the real deal, in a clever disguise. It’s an emotionally powerful moment. The singer is scheduled to perform on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday morning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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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