DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

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MIKE HUGHES

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2019
Jul
12
 
 
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing tomorrow, one of the cuts we played on Fresh Air today (Friday, July 19), was audio of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, singing his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity". The sound is great, but to get to the full impact — as more than 43 million people have done on YouTube — you have to see the 2013 video...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jul
8
 
 
A future version of Syd (Rachel Keller) fears that the powerful mutant psychic David (Dan Stevens) is the reason the world ends, and travels back in time to kill him before that happens. David, meanwhile, hopes that if he travels back in time himself, he can put things right, and establish a new time line that doesn’t involve destroying the planet. And in the weird world of Legion, it’s quite possible they’re both right…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
26
 
 
This 1992 comedy is such a funny, enjoyable legal comedy, it’s easy to overlook how dependent it is on the broad comic talents of its two stars, Marisa Tomei (who won an Oscar for her portrayal) and Joe Pesci (who perhaps should have). He plays the title character, a newly minted New York lawyer defending his cousin, who is accused of murder in rural Alabama. Oh, and give credit, too, to Fred Gwynne, who plays the judge who has a problem with Vinny’s wardrobe, attitude, and accent. &
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Jun
23
 
 
American Masters premiered on PBS on this day in 1986...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
May
30
 
 
John Turturro stars in this new Sundance miniseries version of bestselling Umberto Eco novel – and is one of its teleplay adapters as well. So if you’re not caught up in this fresh adaptation (which premiered last Thursday), you have him to blame. Twice.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Apr
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Today on CBS All Access, that streaming subscription service presents the first episodes of The Twilight Zone, the new version of the classic Rod Serling anthology series from 60 years ago. The new Zone is hosted by Jordan Peele, who is one of its executive producers – and for my review of the new Twilight Zone on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website and for the review on TVWW, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower. Meanwhile, it&rsqu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Dec
28
 
 

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 – I’ve just experienced one of the more original and unpredictable dramas I’ve ever seen as a TV critic. It’s the brand new, one-off installment of Black Mirror on Netflix. And I didn’t – and couldn’t – watch it on my TV set…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Dec
13
 
 
We’re getting to the end of the season for this modern reboot of Murphy Brown, which always was intended, according to series creator Diane English, to consist of 13 episodes (tonight’s new episode is number 12 in that run). There have been reports that, because of not continuing with a midseason additional order, Murphy Brown has been cancelled, but English says that’s not the case, and she expects she will, along with Murphy, return next fall. Meanwhile, tonight, Murphy (Cand
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Nov
22
 
 
Nalani & Sarina are twin sisters who perform with both a full band and as a duo, and who get and sound even better every time they put out a new album or video...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Nov
12
 
 
Yes, I’ve just co-edited (with Doug Howard) a book on TV finales, which is called, fittingly enough, TV Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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