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"The Morgue" is what daily newspapers used to call the place where they stored and filed old clippings, taken from their own publication, as reference tools for subsequent stories. This is back when stories were filed on hard copy, not electronically. It's also back when newspapers cared about history, even their own, and saved things. Here are some of the journalistic bodies that are buried in David Bianculli's personal morgue - presented partly for perspective, but mostly just for the fun of it.

A third of a century after I wrote about a brand-new TV show aimed at college kids, Saturday Night Live is still going strong. Must have been my positive review...
(New York Post - April 17, 1989) Someday, if there is justice in the world, this brilliant Jay Tarses series will be a) released on DVD, and b) widely recognized as the true classic that it was. Molly Dodd was the missing link between The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Ally McBeal, and was every bit as good. And Blair Brown... in this show, she made me sigh.
(Philadelphia Inquirer - Aug. 2, 1985) In more than 30 years of covering the TV industry, I've known maybe a handful of TV executives who have left the medium better than they found it, and actively sought programs and talent that were exceptional as well as popular - and also, as a bonus, are nice human beings...If tasteful creative people like Grant Tinker still ran the broadcast networks, we'd have a lot fewer shows like The Biggest Loser and Cavemen...
(Akron Beacon Journal - Oct. 26, 1982) One of Grant Tinker's sons, Mark, was a writer-producer-director on this superb NBC series, and gave me and another enthusiastic TV critic at the time, Tom Brinkmoeller of Cincinnati, a valued scoop by slipping us a handful of the show's scripts before it even premiered...
(Ft. Lauderdale News, March 30th, 1980) When The Comic Strip opened in Fort Lauderdale, our paper's unfairly features editor, Kris Montee, assigned me to work up a first-person feature on what it was like to perform during the club's amateur night. The piece would have been funnier had I bombed, but I actually did okay...

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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