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2016
Sep
27
 
 
Steve Allen's first NBC show, broadcast on September 27, 1954, launched Tonight! into orbit, and it hasn't returned since...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
26
 
 
On this day in 1960, an estimated 70 million Americans tuned in to watch Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon take part in the first-ever televised presidential debate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
25
 
 
On this day in 1997, ER opened its fourth season with a special episode, with the cast of the NBC medical drama performing two live broadcasts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
24
 
 
Today in 1968, CBS debuted the news magazine 60 Minutes, one of the most honored and successful programs in television history...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
23
 
 
Fifty years ago today, viewers met George Jetson (and his family) when ABC launched the animated space-age series, The Jetsons...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
22
 
 
On this day in 1999, NBC introduced one of television's most honored dramatic series, The West Wing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
21
 
 
On this day in 1970, ABC introduced Monday Night Football...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
20
 
 
On this day in 1977, ABC aired the third episode in a three-part story arc that took the Happy Days gang to Hollywood, and subjected The Fonz to a nail-biting water-skiing contest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
19
 
 
On this day in 1970, CBS introduced one of television's most memorable sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
18
 
 
This day in 1965 marked the debut of I Dream of Jeannie, NBC's answer to ABC's hit show, Bewitched...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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