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DOUBT
August 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

CBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

SERIES FINALE: This Katherine Heigl series has been hiding in plain sight, as CBS has been burning off first-run episodes on Saturday nights all summer. Summer TV? Saturday night? That’s broadcast TV’s idea of an unwanted, unwatched gulag. If episodes of Doubt fall in a forest, and no one is tuned in to watch, did they really drop at all? At any rate, tonight CBS presents the season’s concluding two episodes back to back, which presumably include a verdict in the legal case that’s been dramatized all summer. Will this series, and this narrative, be back next season with fresh episodes? I Doubt it. In fact, it’s been officially canceled.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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