DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

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MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
2011
Jan
30
 
 
Your move: You don't want to watch ads on broadcast TV shows, so you record the shows to watch later, and zip through the commercials. Network countermove: Inject more giant type and bold graphics into the ads, so you can read (and get) the message even as you fast-forward. But now, the networks have gotten even more insidious, and are stuffing ads where you CAN'T miss them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
25
 
 
At my advanced age, I've made a Eureka! discovery. It's a lot easier to be interviewed for a story than to write one. So thanks, David Bauder of the Associated Press, for including me in your story about the latest seismic shift in TV's talk landscape. Now, instead of writing a full column about it, I can just steer you...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
24
 
 
Last week, especially last Monday, Piers Morgan enjoyed a lot of media attention as the new talk-show host replacing CNN's Larry King. This week, he can expect a lot less attention, just as the hosts of Oprah Winfrey's OWN network have seen the media spotlight shift away from them since launching at the start of the New Year. And Conan O'Brien -- what have you heard of him, really, since the first days of his TBS relaunch?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
21
 
 
The latest contributions from our ever-expanding, ever-surprising TV WORTH WATCHING roster of writers are worth trumpeting, so here I go, reaching for the brass horn. TVWW correspondent Tom Brinkmoeller lands an exclusive interview with TV writer-producer Steven Bochco as they revisit "Doogie Howser, M.D." ...And our newest correspondent, David Sicilia, takes time off from his professorial duties as an expert on business history to analyze the CBS reality series "Undercover Boss"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
20
 
 
The newly revamped American Idol on Fox returned this week, with a heavily edited recap of mass auditions in New Jersey (Wednesday) and New Orleans (Thursday). We won't know the true strengths and weaknesses of the new judges' lineup until the live shows begin. In the meantime, if the show's producers didn't pull out all the stops on day one, they sure did pull out all the old tricks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
18
 
 
The Civil War, the landmark 1990 documentary miniseries that put Ken Burns and company on the map (on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line), is being repeated in April, PBS announced today. It's timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the actual Civil War... give or take a few days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
17
 
 
[UPDATE: Based on your valuable feedback, we've decided to pursue the live chat idea, but NOT with American Idol. So you're on your own Wednesday night -- but we'll let you know when we've got the right show, and technology, in place to have us gather together to react to a show right after it airs. Thanks for all the smart suggestions, which you can read below...] The TV WORTH WATCHING brain trust (and trust me, that's described with all due irony) met over the weekend to plan the next alte
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
14
 
 
Not a complaint -- just the reverse -- but there really IS a lot of good TV to watch these days. Especially Sundays. This week, after compiling the five choices that made the cut for this Sunday's BIANCULLI'S BEST BETS, I realized I had just as many worthwhile options left over...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
12
 
 
Midseason brings not only new TV shows, but new time slots for a few old shows. Sometimes, a move is a reward for performing better than expected, as with CBS moving Blue Bloods from Fridays to higher-profile Wednesdays starting next week. Other times, no matter how superb a show is, the move is a slap in the face, a future pink slip, a slow-acting death sentence. That's what NBC is doing this week to 30 Rock...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
11
 
 
Today on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I'm previewing the engrossing new FX series "Lights Out"... It's a show about a heavyweight boxer, but it's really a show about a family man pulled in several directions at once, a guy faced with several unattractive options for his future, and a man who isn't sure where his money went, or how to get more of it. In other words, it's a fairly universal story...