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HAND IN HAND: A BENEFIT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
September 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Various Networks, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

When this benefit fundraising special was announced, it was to help victims in the path of Hurricane Harvey, where the massive rain totals flooded most of Houston and many other places in southern Texas. Then, right behind Harvey geographically and alphabetically, came Hurricane Irma, which moved south to north across Florida and turned this special into a rarity: a two-hurricane relief special. Participants include George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, George Strait and Blake Shelton, and the networks simulcasting the one-hour charity fundraiser include ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, HBO, MTV, CMT, Bravo, E! and Oxygen.

 
 
 
 
 
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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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