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THE CARMICHAEL SHOW
August 9, 2017  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

SERIES FINALE: The last two first-run episodes of Jerrod Carmichael’s sharp-edged NBC sitcom are shown tonight, in the final hour of prime time. The Carmichael Show deserves better than a late-summer burn-off – then again, it deserved to be renewed, so this ignominious farewell date and time is the least of its problems. And of NBC’s.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Lots of fans are upset but if more had watched earlier,it would have been easier for NBC to negotiate another season.Instead JC walks off in a huff and everybody else thinks NBC was unfair. Yes,NBC did not well promote this season but remember how Friday Night Lights went out with minimal promotion? JC is on Tavis Smiley's PBS show to explain it but the series did some good work,will be forgoten quickly because guess what-here comes a Wayans brother series with more yuks!
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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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