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THE QUIET MAN
August 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

William Friedkin takes over as Alec Baldwin’s guest co-host on TCM’s The Essentials beginning tonight, and the director of The French Connection and The Exorcist arrives on the day TCM is saluting John Wayne. So, fittingly, Friedkin’s choices in prime time on tonight’s The Essentials are two Wayne movies directed by the great John Ford – who has won more Oscars than any other movie director in history. He’s won four times, including for 1952’s The Quiet Man, starring Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (pictured), which begins The Essentials tonight. Ford also won for 1935’s The Informer, 1940’s The Grapes of Wrath, and 1941’s How Green Was My Valley. He didn’t win for 1956’s The Searchers, which TCM and Friedkin are showing at 10:30 pm ET – in fact, that John Wayne Western movie wasn’t nominated for a single Oscar, even though it’s a fabulous movie and one of Ford’s all-time best cinematic achievements.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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