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MASTER OF NONE
May 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SEASON PREMIERE: Aziz Ansari returns, after too long an absence, with Season 2 of his impressively distinct and comically honest situation comedy. It begins in Italy, where Ansari’s Dev has gone to get over a bad breakup and enroll in cooking school – and goes from there. My only complaint is that Netflix has started churning out so many series these days that the return of Master of None, on a day when Netflix also launches Anne with an E, may get lost in the mix. At least for today – but Netflix, I figure, is in for the long haul.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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