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Bianculli here: I'm keeping this column up for another day to promote both curling -- there are more games today (Wednesday), starting at noon ET on USA Network -- and our newest contributor. She's Cindy Ronzoni, who has decades of experience as a high-profile TV publicist and analyst - and, more to the point for today's column, also has actual, and enviable, experience at my favorite Olympic sport: curling...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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GreyWolf
I am a bit surprised that Homeland has not returned to the best lists. The last episode was really good. Perhaps not as action charging as the early seasons, but excellent television. Excellent writing and direction/editing that gave a novelistic feel and brought out top performances once again form the main actors who had faded a bit.
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Mary Bolduc McKeown
Notes on "Scandal": The character Cyrus has the same name, partly, as Cyrus Gold of comic book fame, who is also the villain character Solomon Grundy. He fights the Green Lantern, at one juncture is hurled into a swamp, and absorbs chlorophyll, and at another point has temporary command of wooden objects.
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Lynda
What's wrong with tv?? American Horror Story is awful, and I've watched every season, but all the sex had left me looking for a story there. No more. Loved Gotham, now they have added all the sex, missing the story of young Bruce Wayne. Turned it off. Watching one of my faves, Blacklist, and now they have the agents pawing each other, after its all been professional, and it adds nothing to the story.
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Jim
I struggle with the title of this website, "tv worth watching." Frankly, since Breaking Bad ended, I cannot say that I have found anything on tv worth watching. Regrettably, most of the shows which are getting attention recently are almost unwatchable, but the competition is so poor, they are the best we have. If people are tuning into "American Horror Story," the paint must be dry. Please...someone...give us something worth watching.
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Downton is OK, but I think the original Upstairs, Downstairs remains the crowning glory of British period soaps. I don't know whether it's b/cU/D was shot on video whil Downton is filmed, but the former seemed more intimate and powerful and was willing to take on more risky subjects.

And if the original Upstairs had included Maggie Smith, well . . .
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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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DANGEROUSLY FUNNY:
The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

by David Bianculli

CBS' controversial '60s comedy team wasn't canceled, they were fired. The untold story is revealed in this acclaimed account based on 15 years of research and interviews.

DICTIONARY of TELELITERACY:Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events
by David Bianculli

The best, the worst, the weirdest. They're all here, 500 landmarks, in a lively alphabetical trip through TV history in all its importance and inanity.

TELELITERACY:
Taking Television Seriously

by David Bianculli

Television is much more than the boob tube. Bianculli's classic argument explains why TV is a crucial medium whose wide-ranging impact deserves serious attention and respect from everyone.

TRUTH AND RUMORS:The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths
by Bill Brioux

TV's most persistent rumors get thumbs up or thumbs down in this breezy and authoritative roundup, covering everything from Walter Cronkite to Joanie Loves Chachi.

 
CHRISTMAS on TELEVISION
by Diane Werts

From A Charlie Brown Christmas to The X-Files, revisit hundreds of seasonal favorites - sitcom and drama episodes, music specials, TV movies, cartoons, even commercials and - brace yourselves - The Star Wars Holiday Special.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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