DAVID BIANCULLI

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JIM DAVIS

Managing Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

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ERIC GOULD

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TUESDAY
AUGUST 30
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

TVWW Update: David continues to be kicking back in the lounger — and, hey, watching a heck of a lot of TV. Like the rest of us, he’s finding August TV viewing pretty sparse, so he’s been catching up on last season’s American Horror Story, and the other current TV horror show, the U.S. presidential campaign on all the news channels. He’s just not writing about it all quite yet.

While they are still on hold at the moment, "Best Bets" may be returning in a matter of weeks, more or less, and we’re still looking at this as a deserved, unsurprising break from posting them daily for 35 years. 

Meanwhile, you’ll see we continue posting some of your selections down below in the "TV We’re Watching" block. (Please keep pinch-hitting and sharing your favorite shows and nightly picks at Best Bets Talk Back). ). We’re looking forward to the miniseries finale of HBO’s The Night Of — and if you haven’t started this compelling crime mystery (with some of the best art direction around this year), now is a great time to catch up before the fall season rolls out.

We so appreciate your enthusiasm and love for TVWW. Please hang in and stay tuned.  — TVWW 

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Dark Matters - Those following HBO’s The Night Of are probably fans of the miniseries’ art direction — out-of-focus and unsaturated scenes that convey the brooding, complex mood. Slate’s Matthew Dessem has a good look at the trend in dimly lit television, made possible by advances in high-def production. Case in point is the recurring location in Better Call Saul, in Chuck McGill’s house, which has the power cut off due to Chuck’s behavioral disorder that has him convinced of his electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Dessem points out that we’re a long way from I Love Lucy where all things were plainly lit and there wasn’t a shadow to be found. —Eric Gould
 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit TV We're Watching for these and other shows on
our DVRs right now...


American Gothic
CBS
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Boston EMS
ABC
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Fear the Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Get Down
Netflix
Streaming

Gomorrah
Sundance
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Night Of
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Power
Starz
Sundays
9 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Ripper Street
BBC America
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Stranger Things
Netflix
Streaming


 
 

BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE!


FRESH AIR FAVES

Audio of Bianculli's favorite 'Fresh Air' reports, and the stories behind them...


FAVES FROM
"THE MORGUE"

Bianculli's favorite newspaper articles, and the stories behind them...


EXTRAS & FEEDBACK

Share your favorite TV in-jokes and first TV loves...

TV JUKEBOX

A new edition of Bianculli's favorite TV themes, coming soon!
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
The Knick: Season Two

Director Steven Soderbergh’s Emmy and Peabody awarded examination of medical progress at the turn of the 20th century seemed surprisingly finished at the end of its second season in 2015. But Cinemax has reportedly ordered a third season, although a premiere date has not been announced. The Knick (fictional Knickerbocker Hospital) is as revelatory as it is gruesome. Not for the squeamish, it shows the wretched trial and error that gave birth to modern surgery techniques, all through the brilliant works of Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), who crashes his way through scientific breakthroughs and his own demonic cocaine addiction. Soderbergh’s mashup of historical set pieces, modern camera work and pulsing electronic soundtrack make the series one of television's true works of art. At Amazon for under $20. —Eric Gould