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2018
May
18
 
 
In the second half of its royal wedding retrospective doubleheader, BBC America presents, at 4 p.m. ET and again at 8:30 p.m. ET, TV coverage of the 1981 royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Apr
27
 
 

Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Brooks all were on hand Thursday night to kick off the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival. DiCaprio presented TCM’s inaugural Robert Osborne Award to Scorsese – and Scorsese delivered an impromptu Mega-Endorsement…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Apr
3
 
 

In my entire career as a TV critic, I’ve been stunned by a drama series’ outrageous originality on only three occasions. First was Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective. Next was David Lynch’s original – very original – Twin Peaks. And now, as it launches Season 2, comes Noah Hawley’s Legion on FX…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Apr
1
 
 

Steven Bochco, the pioneering TV writer-producer who changed the content and direction of television with such landmark shows as NBC’s Hill Street Blues and ABC’s NYPD Blue, has died at age 74. He had as great an impact on TV as almost anyone in the history of the medium…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Mar
18
 
 
Last week’s episode showed Carrie (Claire Danes) and her team conducting a thrown-together sting, targeting a woman ensnared in a money trail leading to the chemically induced death, by mysterious chem-warfare agent, of a general in custody for attempted treason. (Let’s set aside, for the moment, just how spookily prescient that chemical killing has proven.) What was so good about that episode was how the mission kept shifting as things kept going wrong — and how, at the end, C
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Mar
3
 
 
Charles Barkley returns as guest host, with musical guest Migos. Not to knock Migos, or add undue pressure, but Barkley has hosted SNL three other times over a 25-year span, and each time, his musical guests have killed it. That was true of Kelly Clarkson in 2012, and of Alicia Keys in 2010 – and it certainly was true, way back in 1993 the first time Barkley the NBA star hosted, when the musical guest was Nirvana.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
19
 
 
Today (Monday, February 19), is the golden anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on public television. All manner of tributes are on the way... including a library of shows available on YouTube...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
15
 
 
There’s stuff going on all day on NBCSN and elsewhere – with all of it live on the NBC Olympics site – but today I’m going to be especially selfish and focused, and point out only the USA curling team coverage. From 2-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, you can watch (as I will), the USA men’s curling team take the ice against Italy. From 5-8 p.m. ET on CNBC, you can see the USA women’s curling team take on their counterparts from Switzerland. And at 11 p.m. ET back on NBCSN,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
12
 
 
Next Monday, Feb. 12, is the golden anniversary of the premiere of the landmark public television children’s series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhoood. But today, a week earlier, President Donald Trump has announced his budget plans to eliminate PBS from the federal budget...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
5
 
 
  AMC’s Breaking Bad turns 10 years old this month, which its network is celebrating by repeating the entire series, in sequence, on weekends through the end of January. The celebration is richly deserved, and not only for the way the series advanced the evolution of quality TV in general, and AMC in particular. Breaking Bad also happens to be, in my opinion, the best TV drama series ever presented. It’s got brilliantly written and performed characters, its photography is as
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He's also an author and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His 2009 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', has been purchased for film rights. His latest, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV.

 
 
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