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THE HANDMAID'S TALE
May 17, 2017  | By David Bianculli

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This week’s newly streamed episode of The Handmaid’s Tale involves a political visit by the Mexican delegation – one that provides Serena Joy, played by Yvonne Strahovski, with the chance to display her importance, including her control over her handmaids. But she, too, is a woman, which makes her power play somewhat tenuous in this future society, where most women have been stripped of position, power, and many other freedoms. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, one of the handmaids in Serena Joy’s oppressive “care.”

 
 
 
 
 
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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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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