2017
Jun
17
 
 
This day in 1954 marked the final telecast of the NBC detective drama, Martin Kane, Private Eye...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
16
 
 
This day in 1952 marked the first telecast of the CBS sitcom My Little Margie...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
15
 
 
This day in 2007 marked Bob Barker's final appearance as host of the long-running game show, The Price is Right...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
The Gong Show, debuted on this day in 1976...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
13
 
 
On this day in 1981, NBC's Tomorrow Coast to Coast broadcast one of the most famous interviews of series host Tom Snyder's career: his sitdown with Charles Manson...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
12
 
 
Mr. Peepers ends its three-season run on NBC today in 1955...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
11
 
 
Amos 'n' Andy ended its two-season run on CBS on this day in 1953...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
10
 
 
Twin Peaks ended its two-season run on this day in 1991...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
9
 
 
On this day in 1951, NBC debuted a variety show starring comedian Winstead Sheffield Glenndenning Dixon Weaver, better known as Doodles...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
8
 
 
Texaco tapped Milton Berle to guest-host a handful of summertime Texaco Star Theater installments for NBC, beginning with its June 8, 1948 premiere show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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