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REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
May 19, 2017  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

HBO, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

I confess to not being familiar with political analyst Boris Epshteyn, who is scheduled as the leadoff guest for tonight’s show – but given my Rocky & Bullwinkle tutelage, I’m presuming that Boris will have a lot to say about Russia. But the other guests slated to appear are among host Bill Maher’s all-time most vocal and intelligently combative guests: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, conservative editor David Frum, and liberal academic Cornel West.  

 
 
 
 
 
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Linda Armstrong
Can't wait till tonight!
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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