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2016
Sep
5
 
 
Fans of Michael K. Williams will remember him most recently as Freddy, the jailhouse king in HBO’s The Night Of and from equally dark turns in Boardwalk Empire and The Wire...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
28
 
 
Those following HBO’s The Night Of are probably fans of the miniseries’ art direction — artfully out-of-focus and unsaturated scenes that convey the brooding, complex mood...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
19
 
 
TVWW is generally (and scrupulously) apolitical, but given this election season, it’s hard not to have a little fun with Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
17
 
 
Political commentator John McLaughlin died yesterday, (Tuesday, August, 16) and many current political talk shows owe their popularity to the syndicated host...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
14
 
 
SNL has a long history of sports spoofs and this one from Andy Samberg was a javelin aimed at the then-upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
10
 
 
John Oliver of Last Week Tonight ran down the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio recently...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
30
 
 
Key & Peele are just releasing their Complete Series collection this week and their comedy series, while notable for its hairpiece excellence, is perhaps more so as an early adopter of social media...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
25
 
 
Jon Stewart arose from TV retirement last week (and from underneath Stephen Colbert’s desk at The Late Show) to let loose one of his trademark rants...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
20
 
 
With Garry Marshall’s passing, we fondly recall his contribution to the optimistic side of television writing and directing and how that time may never return. One of Marshall’s shows also contributed to TV lexicography, although obviously, not intentionally..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
21
 
 
The Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic What the World Needs Now has been recorded hundreds of times since Jackie DeShannon made it a hit in 1965...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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