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ANNE WITH AN E
May 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: I adored the 1985 PBS version of Anne of Green Gables, a delightful miniseries produced and exported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, working with Netflix, is behind this new version as well. It’s renamed Anne with an E, and it’s excellent to a T. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel, more than a century old, still casts a potent spell, and still is suitable (make that fabulous) entertainment for the entire family. And now, as adapted by Moira Walley-Beckett from Breaking Bad, it’s even edgier and more proudly feminist than ever, without losing any of its loving charm. Amybeth McNulty, as the freckled, imaginative Anne, is a total delight. For my full review, listen today to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or, this afternoon or later, visit the Fresh Air website. And for a full TVWW 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 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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