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2016
Jun
15
 
 
An Arlington Heights, Illinois, middle schooler proves to be an amazingly accomplished impersonator of several 2016 presidential candidates...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
12
 
 
Sunday's 70th Annual Tony Awards telecast was one of the best, with virtually every segment, from start to finish, scoring heavily...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
1
 
 
The new summer variety series Maya and Marty has premiered, and first impressions of this genre revival were very good. The variety show may yet rise again. Martin Short reprised his old Jiminy Glick character, an unwitting, ingratiating, overweight Hollywood reporter who "compliments" his subjects with a chain of earnest, back-handed insults... and Larry David's inability to do the interview straight was the best part...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
31
 
 
If you’ve taken anything from a dance class to a Zumba class, you know the difficulty you encountered in learning the choreography...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
27
 
 
It’s Fleet Week once again and the troops made it to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
17
 
 
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 came to the U.S. on May 14 in the form of the final show – live – thanks to the Logo Network. This is the first year, since the contest’s start in 1956, that we’ve seen the competition on U.S. television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
29
 
 
TVWW critic David Hinckley reports that the most poignant highlight of this year’s annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special will be a clip of the late Prince from his own 2004 Hall of Fame induction...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
24
 
 
The shocking and sudden death of the monumentally talented Prince on April 21 has clearly created great sadness, but it has also brought about an abundance of memories. One of our favorites is his appearance on Muppets Tonight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
6
 
 
The country music singer/songwriter died Wednesday (4/6) on his 79th birthday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
1
 
 
Actor Bill Murray is widely known for his love of poetry. Here he visits Jimmy Kimmel Live to read "What the Mirror Said" by African American poet Lucille Clifton...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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