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THE MIRACLE WORKER
February 17, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

The Miracle Worker, like 12 Angry Men, is a successful film and Broadway play that began, originally, as a live television production. The Miracle Worker, written by William Gibson, was unveiled as a 1957 Playhouse 90 presentation, starring Teresa Wright as teacher Annie Sullivan and Patricia McCormack as the deaf and blind Helen Keller. The drama was reworked by Gibson for Broadway, in a version starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke – who, in 1962, reprised their roles for this intense, intimate film version. The film is directed by Arthur Penn, who also directed the Broadway and TV versions.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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