2014
Jan
2
 
 
Froggett returns for he fourth season as Downton Abbey maid Anna Bates, much to the delight of her international audience and producers. She talks with TVWW's Donna J. Plesh...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
15
 
 
Growing up is not easy for many children. Especially if you are tall. Just ask 6'1" Miranda Hart of PBS’ Call The Midwife. The series returns for a holiday special on December 29...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
17
 
 
Life is good these days for Margo Martindale. The Millers was top 20 in this week’s Nielsen ratings and she's starring in a new film that's already generating Oscar buzz...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
8
 
 
What you see is what you get with W. Kamau Bell. He's often grinning, running to the punchline... all of which spilled through the telephone loud and clear late last month...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
26
 
 
Director Rama Allen, creator of the Vikings opener, talks about engaging viewers in a one-minute sequence...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
12
 
 

Here’s the rest of my recent conversation with Mel Brooks, whose HBO special, Mel Brooks Strikes Back, is repeated Thursday at 8 p.m. ET — and whose boxed set is out now…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
10
 
 

Last year, when Mel Brooks had a TV special on HBO, he spoke with me for an extended exclusive interview. This year he has a new HBO special, and we talked at length again…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
8
 
 

After a New York screening Wednesday previewing the upcoming Season 2 of Borgia: Faith and Fear, available in the U.S. on Netflix, series creator Tom Fontana and I had a quick chat…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
17
 
 
Halfway through his CBS talk show’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson In Scotland week, I spoke with CRAIG FERGUSON about those shows, and other things, in this exclusive TV WORTH WATCHING INTERVIEW. Expletives included…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
20
 
 
You've seen similar scenes dozens of times on CBS's Survivor, even on the same South Pacific islands of Vanuatu: people stranded and working frantically to build a makeshift shelter as the rain pelts them mercilessly...except, this time, one of the people marooned is Karl Pilkington, the reluctant world traveller sent around the globe by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for the new season of the Science Channel TV series An Idiot Abroad...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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