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MR. MERCEDES
August 9, 2017  | By David Bianculli

AT&T Audience Network, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new 10-part series begins with an extended sequence so unsettling, and so craftily and patiently constructed, that it lets you know, from the start, that this is one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King story in years. And it is. David E. Kelley is the principal executive producer helming the adaptation here, just as he did with HBO’s Big Little Lies – and once again, he’s found the right approach, and the right cast, to make it all work. Brendan Gleeson stars as a retired detective haunted by a mass murder case he never solved, Harry Treadaway is the killer who’s not through yet, and strong supporting roles are filled by Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, and others. To hear or read my full review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website and David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
 
 
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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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