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2017
Feb
6
 
 
The Winds of War — which debuted on this day in 1983 — ranks in the Nielsen ratings as the third-highest miniseries in TV history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
5
 
 
On this day in 1967, CBS introduced The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
4
 
 
On this day in 1996, NBC debut the first part of the two-part miniseries, Gulliver's Travels...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
3
 
 
On this day in 1971 George C. Scott gave an Emmy-winning performance in Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Price...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
2
 
 
On this day in 2003, ABC introduced producer Dick Wolf's remake of the classic cop series, Dragnet...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
1
 
 
On this day in 1982, NBC introduced Late Night with David Letterman...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
31
 
 
The outstanding cop series Homicide: Life on the Street premiered on this day in 1993, immediately after Super Bowl XXVII...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
On this day in 1977, ABC turned teenage detectives Frank and Joe Hardy, lead characters of The Hardy Boys mystery book series, into TV stars...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
29
 
 
On this day in 1989, PBS affiliate WNET introduced the hit children's series, Shining Time Station, featuring the still-popular Thomas the Tank Engine character...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
28
 
 
On this day in 1973, CBS introduced the mid-season replacement, Barnaby Jones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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