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2017
Mar
30
 
 
On this day in 1964, Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime game show on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
29
 
 
On this day in 1971, Mayberry R.F.D., a continuation of The Andy Griffith Show, ended its run on CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
28
 
 
On this day in 1999, Fox launched the animated sci-fi sitcom, Futurama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
27
 
 
On this day in 1983, ABC aired the first part of the four-part miniseries, The Thorn Birds...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
26
 
 
This day in 1995 marked Tom Snyder's final appearance on CBS's post-Late Show talk show, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
25
 
 
On this day in 1972, Bewitched ended its eight-season run on ABC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
24
 
 
On this day in 2005, NBC introduced the sitcom, The Office, an adaptation of the same-name BBC series starring Ricky Gervais.The British series lasted just 12 episodes, but the American version, which was created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, was a hit for NBC. The American version revolved around the employees of Dunder Mifflin, a fictional Scranton, PA-based paper company, and was presented in a mockumentary format.The sitcom lasted for nine seasons and originally starred Steve Carell, Ra
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
23
 
 
On this day in 1974, The Partridge Family's four-season run came to an end...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
22
 
 
This day in 1995 marked the debut of the Fox sci-fi series, Sliders...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
21
 
 
On this day in 1966, Ben Casey ended its six-season run on ABC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 available on Amazon for $20.

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. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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