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MAN SEEKING WOMAN
January 4, 2017  | By David Bianculli

FXX, 10:32 p.m. ET

 
SEASON PREMIERE: This series, on the other hand, takes its audaciousness and does wonderful, unexpected things with it. This season, in the opening moments of tonight’s Season 3 kickoff, Katie Findlay is introduced, and established, as Lucy, the new woman in the life of sad-sack Josh (Jay Baruchel). Yet in a departure for this show, she’s holding her ground and sticking around – and tonight’s season opener, in which Josh’s encroachment into her apartment has her roommates welcoming him about as warmly as Donald Trump spoke of Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign, takes that metaphor and runs with it, very cleverly.
 
 
 
 
 
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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 under $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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