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2016
Nov
30
 
 
With Grant Tinker’s passing, there are many milestone moments in the MTM archive that helped transform television into what it is today... One of our favorite MTM moments was from the 1975 Mary Tyler Moore Show episode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust." Mary, stricken by grief at the news of Chuckles the Clown's death, had been scolding the WJM staff for making repeated clown jokes about the tragedy. Except that all, memorably, changes at Chuckles’ funeral...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
25
 
 
We’re big fans of the the band OK Go who have really taken the idea of music videos into what we might all agree is the realm of fine art. For the past few years, they have been the high priests of the single take, fusing mind-boggling choreographed performance and colorful op-art into 4 minute masterwork achievement...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
22
 
 
Ellen DeGeneres envisions a new service which will be the perfect antacid for all that ills at the Thanksgiving table after an unprecedented and divided presidential season. It’s an app called Mobile Moderator...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
16
 
 
David’s new book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now out on Amazon. To help kick off The Platinum Age release, we’ll be featuring clips related to his study of TV genres and their evolution...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
9
 
 
It was a long, strange election year and one which set many milestones for television political coverage. Hosting his election night special, Stephen Colbert riffed his way through a few impromptu reasons why some of us might feel a little too wired, too plugged in, and too righteous about our political side of the spectrum…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
3
 
 
For your last weekend in election purgatory, as a distraction, courtesy of Huffpost Hill, here are some young pandas who just won’t cooperate...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
30
 
 
If you’re still glued to this Walking Dead-style election plastered across all network and cable news channels, our sympathy. Our concern. In the interest of distraction, courtesy of Huffpost Hill, TVWW presents this raccoon eating grapes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
22
 
 
We’re fans of Eliot Nelson’s daily rundown of the political news, “Huffpost Hill.” His column finishes with a “Because You’ve Read This Far” feature, usually a link to adorable animal videos...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
14
 
 
Since you've made it through this unprecedented election season so far...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
6
 
 
The upcoming American Masters: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You will be airing on PBS Tuesday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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