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BETTER CALL SAUL
April 10, 2017  | By David Bianculli

AMC, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 3 of Better Call Saul begins right where Season 2 left off, with Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), eventually to adopt the slimy persona of shifty attorney Saul Goodman, confessing to his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) that he doctored some paperwork, and committed a felony, to take some legal business away from his brother. Chuck is out for revenge – and so, in other scenes, is Mike Ehrmentraut, the formidable ex-cop played by Jonathan Banks. Mike’s quest takes him, eventually, to someplace excitingly familiar to Breaking Bad fans, pushing this series up yet another notch with wild waves of anticipation. For my full review today on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, listen to the radio, or, later on this afternoon, visit the Fresh Air website. And for another full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
 
 
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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 available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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