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2017
Feb
21
 
 
On this day in 2003, HBO debuted the weekly, live political talker, Real Time with Bill Maher...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
20
 
 
On this day in 2009, Conan O'Brien signed off of the NBC late night show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, for the last time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
19
 
 
On this day in 1995, NBC debuted the six-hour miniseries, A Woman of Independent Means, starring Sally Field...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
18
 
 
On this day in 1990, ABC debuted the three-part miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
17
 
 
On this day in 1986, PBS premiered Sullivan Entertainment's adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic novel, Anne of Green Gables...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
On this day in 1995, NBC's Mad About You featured a unique crossover episode, with actor Carl Reiner appearing on the sitcom as his The Dick Van Dyke Show character, Alan Brady...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
Today in 1988, HBO debuted the political mocumentary Tanner '88, a collaboration between Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and director Robert Altman...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
14
 
 
On this day in 1993, CBS aired part one of the three-part miniseries, Alex Haley's Queen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
13
 
 
This day in 2009 marked the debut of writer/director Joss Whedon's science fiction drama, Dollhouse...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
12
 
 
On this day in 1978, NBC debuted the three-part miniseries, King, which chronicled the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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