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THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
May 19, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SEASON PREMIERE: Season 3 of this very funny, impressively multi-layered character comedy launches today, with Ellie Kemper continuing to persist, and in most cases evolve, as former cult captive Ellie Kemper. Last year’s cliffhanger had the charismatic but criminal leader of that cult, played by Jon Hamm, threatening to resurface with plans for a new marriage. Ellie’s not the targeted intended bride, though – because she already was forcibly “married” to him back when she was held captive in his underground lair. That plot line picks up immediately this season, in episodes that also make room for a new regular cast member: Daveed Diggs from the Broadway musical Hamilton.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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