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FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
December 5, 2016  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

TBS, 10:30 p.m. ET

 

SERIES RETURN: After a short and too-silent hiatus, Samantha Bee is back. And her voice was missed, so welcome her back tonight, with her sorely needed take on the current news, and the political and Twitter choices of President-Elect Donald Trump.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
She needs to get out of the studio and do a couple more interviews like on the Daily Show. And SNL is doing better work lately despite the Alec Baldwin Trump openings.Sensitive boy at wishing well and the Leslie Jones comments on men this past weekend were special. Who would have thought SNL writers still have a curveball?
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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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