2017
Aug
8
 
 
On this day in 2008, Beijing produced a four-hour Olympics opening ceremony that is considered by many to be the most spectacular Olympic opener ever staged...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
7
 
 
On this day in 1994, the Discovery Channel premiered the critically-acclaimed documentary miniseries, Watergate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
6
 
 
This day in 1993 marked the final episode of the ABC fish-out-of-water sitcom, Perfect Strangers, which introduced the catch phrase "Don't be reee-deek-u-los!" and the ABC spinoff, Family Matters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
5
 
 
On this day in 1965, CBS Evening News broadcast a report by correspondent Morley Safer that sent shockwaves across the U.S. and infuriated then-president Lyndon Johnson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
4
 
 
On this day in 1996, Olympians and spectators gathered in the Centennial Olympic Stadium for the close of the "Centennial Olympics" in Atlanta, Georgia — a celebration filled with a range of popular American music...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
3
 
 
On this day in 1993, female sportscaster Gayle Gardner became the first woman to present televised play-by-play for a Major League baseball game...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
2
 
 
This day in 2007 marked the last telecast of CNN's prime-time news program, Paula Zahn Now, and the anchor's final day with the cable news channel...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
1
 
 
On this day in 1981 — at 12:01 a.m. ET — MTV made its debut, with a space-themed montage and the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll."...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
31
 
 
On this day in 1970, television viewers heard the famous signoff, "'Good night, Chet.' 'Good night, David. And good night, for NBC News,'" for the final time, when news anchor Chet Huntley said farewell to his long-time co-anchor David Brinkley...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
30
 
 
This day in 1989 marked the last telecast of The Jim Henson Hour on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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