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TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
September 10, 2017  | By David Bianculli

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SERIES RETURN: When Elisabeth Moss starred in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake a few years ago, it was supposed to be a one-shot miniseries – but the star and director enjoyed working together so much, they came up with an excuse to do it again, even more darkly. Moss, as Australian Det. Robin Griffin, investigates the death of a young Asian prostitute – a case that continues to get more complex and personal as the episodes unfurl. Co-stars include Nicole Kidman, recently of HBO’s Big Little Lies, and Gwendoline Christie, one of the standout supporting players from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Christie, Kidman, and Moss (whose other triumphant TV roles include Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale) all seem to embrace the obvious here, that TV is providing the best roles these days for women. And for men, too… For full reviews, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower and Ed Bark's Uncle Barky's Bytes.
 
 
 
 
 
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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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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