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EPISODES
September 10, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Showtime, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

And this long-neglected, little-respected Showtime comedy deserves more viewers and attention, too. Matt LeBlanc, playing a cold and loutish version of himself, has provided TV’s best self-satire since Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. And tonight, the Matt of Episodes, after weathering a sexual scandal, has more clout in Hollywood than ever – and tonight, plans to use it to get his old writing team back together for one last TV series. To them, of course, that’s not an opportunity. It’s a threat.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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