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Who Called it “The Boob Tube”?
November 15, 2015  | By Jonathan Storm
 
A Chinese billionaire forked over $170 million for Modigliani’s “Nu Couche” on Monday, and cable news was all over it – with digital fog, so nobody could see the nude’s naughty parts. This led Stephen Colbert to ponder the blurry line between art and porn on TV. He asked his network’s “standards and practices” division (the censors) exactly what passed muster to get to the CBS airwaves. Its answer was silly, of course, and, with slides, a pad and pen, and his always charming wit, Colbert delivered a hilarious skewering.


 
 
 
 
 
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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.

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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