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2017
Mar
3
 
 
On this day in 1974, PBS premiered the science series, Nova...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
2
 
 
On this day in 2009, actor/comedian Jimmy Fallon took the reins of NBC's Late Night...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
1
 
 
On this day in 1949, the popular radio series Ripley's Believe It or Not — which was based on the syndicated newspaper column by Robert L. Ripley — made its TV debut on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
28
 
 
On this day in 1983, M*A*S*H's concluding episode, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen," attracted 77 percent of all TV viewers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
27
 
 
On this day in 1979, NBC introduced one of TV's lesser-known vampires, Michael Nouri's Count Dracula from The Curse of the Vampire...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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