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2017
Jan
24
 
 
It’s for the return of a beloved and acclaimed HBO series, but this particular promo manages to be much more than a plug for an upcoming show. Video Worth Watch seldom presents promos in this spot, but this new, clever HBO ad absolutely deserves the attention, and the praise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
21
 
 
As Idina Menzel premieres this weekend in the Lifetime remake of the 1988 Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey film, Beaches, we're thinking her most remembered moment wasn’t her run as the original Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. Or, as part of the Glee cast, or even with her voicing of Queen Elsa in Frozen, singing the smash hit “Let it Go"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
16
 
 
Here’s President Harry S. Truman’s address, January 20, 1949, from the first presidential inauguration to be televised. Truman, although having run as an incumbent after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, trailed his opponent in many polls of the day, similar to the data stream of 2016...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
2
 
 
After last year’s wild ride, we’re kicking off 2017 with a five-minute meditation; a bit of reality programming from a middle-of-the-night chauffeured view from the dashboard cam of driver Noah Forman — who made 236 green lights (and one yellow) in New York City in 26 minutes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
19
 
 
2016 has been volatile, to say the least, and seemed about 863 days long...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
5
 
 
Among the many interviews David conducted for his look at the evolution of TV’s Platinum Age, he talked with another David, Larry, about the genre of “Splitcoms” — situation comedies like Seinfeld that are set half in the lead character’s home... But before all that, he was cast in the 1980-82 ABC late-night comedy series Fridays. One recurring bit, a character named Solly Mullins, was a temp worker who showed up to all sorts of preposterous gigs, like standing in for John Lennon who does not show up for a world-wide Beatles reunion...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
30
 
 
With Grant Tinker’s passing, there are many milestone moments in the MTM archive that helped transform television into what it is today... One of our favorite MTM moments was from the 1975 Mary Tyler Moore Show episode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust." Mary, stricken by grief at the news of Chuckles the Clown's death, had been scolding the WJM staff for making repeated clown jokes about the tragedy. Except that all, memorably, changes at Chuckles’ funeral...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
25
 
 
We’re big fans of the the band OK Go who have really taken the idea of music videos into what we might all agree is the realm of fine art. For the past few years, they have been the high priests of the single take, fusing mind-boggling choreographed performance and colorful op-art into 4 minute masterwork achievement...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
22
 
 
Ellen DeGeneres envisions a new service which will be the perfect antacid for all that ills at the Thanksgiving table after an unprecedented and divided presidential season. It’s an app called Mobile Moderator...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
16
 
 
David’s new book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now out on Amazon. To help kick off The Platinum Age release, we’ll be featuring clips related to his study of TV genres and their evolution...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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