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2017
Feb
26
 
 
On this day in 2002, NBC introduced the Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom, Watching Ellie...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
25
 
 
The Sid Caesar showcase Your Show of Shows — which debuted on this day in 1950 — and the two other series in which he starred before and after that landmark show (Admiral Broadway Revue, Caesar's Hour), constitute one of the most innovative and important creative bursts in TV history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
24
 
 
On this day in 1996, HBO debuted The Late Shift, a telefilm based on the book by New York Times TV critic Bill Carter that chronicled the contentious competition between David Letterman and Jay Leno for the retiring Johnny Carson's Tonight Show seat...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
23
 
 
On this day in 1983, 97 PBS stations across the country broadcast television's first live open-heart surgery...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
22
 
 
This day in 2004 marked the final episode of HBO's Sex and the City...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
21
 
 
On this day in 2003, HBO debuted the weekly, live political talker, Real Time with Bill Maher...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
20
 
 
On this day in 2009, Conan O'Brien signed off of the NBC late night show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, for the last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
On this day in 1995, NBC debuted the six-hour miniseries, A Woman of Independent Means, starring Sally Field...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
18
 
 
On this day in 1990, ABC debuted the three-part miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
17
 
 
On this day in 1986, PBS premiered Sullivan Entertainment's adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic novel, Anne of Green Gables...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $20.

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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