2017
May
26
 
 
On this day in 1969, talk show host Dick Cavett made the leap to primetime...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
25
 
 
On this day in 1988, TV viewers saw one of the most famous — and perhaps the most debated — series finales in TV history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
24
 
 
Melrose Place ended its seven-season run on this day in 1999...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
23
 
 
This day in 2010 marked the series finale of the ABC drama, Lost...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
22
 
 
NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun ended its run on this day in 2001...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
This day in 1990 marked the final telecast of CBS's Newhart...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
20
 
 
This day in 2002 marked the final telecast of the Fox series, Ally McBeal...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
19
 
 
L.A. Law ended its eight-season run on this day in 1994...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
17
 
 
Beverly Hills, 90210 ended its ten-year run on this day in 2000...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
16
 
 
On this day in 1992, Showtime debuted Red Shoe Diaries, the full-length Zalman King film starring David Duchovny that launched the cabler's erotic anthology series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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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