DAVID BIANCULLI

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ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

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Contributors

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MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
TVWW Guest Contributors

2018
Oct
12
 
 
TVWW fan Matt Glaser is a well-known fiddler (and featured on the soundtrack of Ken Burns The Civil War)... He’s also an ardent student of Shakespeare and runs down the upcoming third season of PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Apr
10
 
 
Guest contributor, James Heinzen, offers his uniquely informed take on the first few episodes of the final season of The Americans...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Feb
13
 
 
All eyes have been on the sky lately with the recent launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, but Elon Musk isn’t the only one bringing us closer to the stars...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2018
Jan
17
 
 
TVWW Guest Contributor Theresa Corigliano talks with host Phil Rosenthal about his eponymous travel series that’s devoted to finding the perfect bite…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Oct
13
 
 
[Editor's note: On occasion, when I stumble across an atypically smart and creative student in one of my Rowan University media courses, I invite him or her to submit a guest blog on a TV subject of their choosing. Shannon Farrell chose a tricky and unusual topic, and wrote a lengthy but well-crafted treatise. So here it is. -DB]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
25
 
 
What if they threw a fundraiser and everybody came? “Take Off, Eh,” held on July 18 at Second City Toronto, featured the reunion of Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as SCTV’s Bob & Doug McKenzie, to raise money for Jake Thomas, Dave’s nephew...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
28
 
 
[Editor's note: On occasion, we invite a former college student to write a guest column about a TV show, new or old, that resonates with him or her, and provides us insight from their younger perspective. Here's the latest occasion, from one of my best recent students, Ray Saker. - DB] 
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
15
 
 
Guest Contributor Nic Dobija-Nootens finds Season 5 of House of Cards an oddly welcome alternative to the dizzying and seemingly unstoppable stream of news coming from the White House...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Recently, Netflix signed a $60 million deal with Dave Chappelle. The deal should have been the biggest comedy comeback of the century. Read why Guest Contributor Nic Dobija-Nootens thinks Chappelle isn’t the same comedian he was at his height of popularly with his old sketch comedy show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
[Editor's note: In our Student Blogs and elsewhere, we occasionally seek out the opinions of young writers and viewers, to get their perspectives on TV shows old and new. In this instance, we asked young entertainment blogger Chelsea Duff to give us her take on the CW's youth-targeted Riverdale to date -- including this week's impending episode. - David Bianculli]
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JustPlainSimple
The Sinner and that exceedingly inane The Outpost and no Snowfall? This glaring omission is how you get labelled out of touch. That show was and has become one of the most original, well written and well acted shows on TV, with plot lines to match. Take another look and see what is compelling TV today.
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GreyWolf
I am a bit surprised that Homeland has not returned to the best lists. The last episode was really good. Perhaps not as action charging as the early seasons, but excellent television. Excellent writing and direction/editing that gave a novelistic feel and brought out top performances once again form the main actors who had faded a bit.
Mar 27, 2017   |  Reply
 
 
Mary Bolduc McKeown
Notes on "Scandal": The character Cyrus has the same name, partly, as Cyrus Gold of comic book fame, who is also the villain character Solomon Grundy. He fights the Green Lantern, at one juncture is hurled into a swamp, and absorbs chlorophyll, and at another point has temporary command of wooden objects.
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Lynda
What's wrong with tv?? American Horror Story is awful, and I've watched every season, but all the sex had left me looking for a story there. No more. Loved Gotham, now they have added all the sex, missing the story of young Bruce Wayne. Turned it off. Watching one of my faves, Blacklist, and now they have the agents pawing each other, after its all been professional, and it adds nothing to the story.
Nov 16, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Jim
I struggle with the title of this website, "tv worth watching." Frankly, since Breaking Bad ended, I cannot say that I have found anything on tv worth watching. Regrettably, most of the shows which are getting attention recently are almost unwatchable, but the competition is so poor, they are the best we have. If people are tuning into "American Horror Story," the paint must be dry. Please...someone...give us something worth watching.
Oct 6, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Downton is OK, but I think the original Upstairs, Downstairs remains the crowning glory of British period soaps. I don't know whether it's b/cU/D was shot on video whil Downton is filmed, but the former seemed more intimate and powerful and was willing to take on more risky subjects.

And if the original Upstairs had included Maggie Smith, well . . .
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DANGEROUSLY FUNNY:
The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

by David Bianculli

CBS' controversial '60s comedy team wasn't canceled, they were fired. The untold story is revealed in this acclaimed account based on 15 years of research and interviews.

DICTIONARY of TELELITERACY:Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events
by David Bianculli

The best, the worst, the weirdest. They're all here, 500 landmarks, in a lively alphabetical trip through TV history in all its importance and inanity.

TELELITERACY:
Taking Television Seriously

by David Bianculli

Television is much more than the boob tube. Bianculli's classic argument explains why TV is a crucial medium whose wide-ranging impact deserves serious attention and respect from everyone.

TRUTH AND RUMORS:The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths
by Bill Brioux

TV's most persistent rumors get thumbs up or thumbs down in this breezy and authoritative roundup, covering everything from Walter Cronkite to Joanie Loves Chachi.

 
CHRISTMAS on TELEVISION
by Diane Werts

From A Charlie Brown Christmas to The X-Files, revisit hundreds of seasonal favorites - sitcom and drama episodes, music specials, TV movies, cartoons, even commercials and - brace yourselves - The Star Wars Holiday Special.