DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Sep
10
 
 
Since two of the TVWW editors grew up in Florida in the ‘60s (and soldiered through black and white broadcasting and paper tracking maps) it’s worthwhile noting that while modern storm coverage is wall-to-wall, it shouldn’t be taken for granted..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
3
 
 
File under guilty pleasures, but we well remember tuning into the annual 24 hour MDA Telethon when Jerry Lewis hosted it for almost five decades. As donations for research rolled in, audience treats included Lewis’ usual antics...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
22
 
 
Our tribute to Jerry Lewis continues with this Martin Short homage to Lewis from his old SCTV days (1982-3). Short proved himself a brilliant comic and impressionist early, playing Lewis as surreally appearing in atypical film roles – once as the Robert Duvall character in Tender Mercies and in this one, an Ingmar Bergman send-up entitled “Scenes From an Idiots Marriage"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
The solar eclipse across America tomorrow, August 21, is the first to occur in 38 years, and another won’t appear again until 2024. So review all the cosmological geometry here provided by National Geographic and get your ISO 12312-2 compliant solar shade...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
Comedian Jerry Lewis passed away today, Sunday, August 20, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. Lewis’ influence was far and wide, including in this 2010 Family Guy tribute to his Count Basie “Blues in Hoss' Flat” bit from his 1961 comedy, The Errand Boy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
CNN’s The History of Comedy is focusing in on political comedy this week, and one of their early citations is the late Pat Paulsen, who ran for president in 1968 as a gag as part of his stint on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour... that’s evident here in a performance art-like split screen of him answering a question two ways...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
In case you missed it, this week marked the 24th anniversary of the season finale of ABC’s odd-couple sitcom Perfect Strangers... The Leftovers had a brief joke in Season One which started out as a writer’s room gag – the 2% of the world’s population gone in the rapture-like disappearance of the Sudden Departure also included the cast of Perfect Strangers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
9
 
 
Country singer Glen Campbell died Tuesday, August 9 in Nashville, six years after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis... Campbell performs here in 1968 on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour where he became a popular regular and took over as a host of the brother's summer replacement series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
8
 
 
In case you haven’t heard, Game of Thrones Princess Daenerys Targaryen had just about enough of the Lannister army last Sunday and unleashed one of her now full-grown dragons. Things quickly increased in temperature...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
31
 
 
Most fans likely knew Sam Shepard (1943-2017) for acting performances in The Right Stuff and Black Hawk Down... Probably less known though, is Shepard’s early career and legacy as a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Eric Gould

Associate Editor

Eric Gould is a writer in Boston and Associate Editor for tvworthwatching.com. With prior stints in art, music, photography and design, he casts a wide net across the media pool fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling. He will have essays on Rectify, Six Feet Under and Girls in the upcoming “Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Series” from Syracuse University Press. Email him at gould@tvworthwatching.com

 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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