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(The visual joke above - courtesy of Eric Gould, TVWW contributor, and who, designed TVWW 1.0 working from my cave-painting visuals - is aimed purely at baby boomers. Otherwise, the explanation is barely worth the time. But in a '60s cop show called The Mod Squad, there was this actor named Clarence Williams III (later Prince's dad in Purple Rain), whose character sported a huge Afro, and was named Linc. Hence, multiple images of him for the "Lincs" page. Makes me laugh every time. –DB)

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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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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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Grant Tinker: 1925-2016
By David Bianculli