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2017
Sep
3
 
 
On this day in 1951, CBS premiered the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
2
 
 
On this day in 2000, ABC presented its final episode of The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, marking the last time a Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies cartoon appeared on broadcast television as part of a regularly-airing series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
1
 
 
On this day in 1986, CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather debuted a new newscast sign-off: Courage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
31
 
 
This day in 2001 marked the broadcast of the last original episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
30
 
 
On this day in 1993, David Letterman stepped onto the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to host the first episode of his CBS late-night talk show, Late Show with David Letterman...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
29
 
 
On this day in 1967, Richard Kimble stopped running...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
28
 
 
On this day in 2005, HBO introduced the BBC/HBO-produced historical drama, Rome...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
27
 
 
On this day in 1992, Fox launched the situation comedy, Martin...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
26
 
 
On this day in 1996, fledgling network The WB expanded its limited programming schedule with the debut of the family drama 7th Heaven...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
25
 
 
This day in 1994 marked the debut of the critically-acclaimed drama, My So-Called Life...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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