DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

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LINDA DONOVAN

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2007
Dec
24
 
 
In my book "Teleliteracy," I warned that when broadcast TV as we knew it ceased to draw a large enough audience on a regular basis, there would be, for the first time, no new mass medium to take its place. Just lots of fragmented audiences, watching things on tape and computers and other things without ever again enjoying that national shared experience than defined half a century of television. I may have been wrong...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
21
 
 
David Letterman won't be hosting a new annual Christmas installment of his CBS "Late Show" this year - but he'll be doing the next best thing. On Christmas night, his Worldwide Pants company has decided to repeat last year's CBS special. That keeps the tradition going, if with a strike-affected asterisk...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
20
 
 
That's when Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien will return with new shows on NBC, and Jimmy Kimmel will return on ABC - all without their writing staffs. That's also the day, reportedly, that the CBS shows owned by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," are hoping to return, with their writing staffs...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
19
 
 
The Federal Communications Commission's ruling yesterday, allowing media companies in the Top 20 TV markets to own both a newspaper and a television station in the same market, is a big disappointment, but isn't that much of a surprise. Not when the FCC's reversal of financial syndication rules long ago ripped the heart out of most independent production companies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
18
 
 
Under different circumstances, and with different restrictions, broadcast TV's late-night shows are poised to return. NBC's "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," will be back Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, but without their writers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
17
 
 
Clash of the Choirs The American Film Institute yesterday announced its eighth annual roster of the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television. Today, ABC and NBC present the premiere installments of their latest prime-time series offerings: a quiz show named "Duel" on ABC, and a music competition show named "Clash of the Choirs" on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
15
 
 
By mere coincidence, the writers' strike and TV WORTH WATCHING began the exact same day, on November 5. Ever since, I've written every single day - and every single day, they haven't. Something's gotta give... so, beginning today, I'm giving up writing a blog on weekends...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
14
 
 
It's miraculous enough for someone to have the talent to create a brilliant TV comedy series. It's even more rare to know when to end it - and rarer still to provide a satisfying, memorable ending. Ricky Gervais and his writing and directing partner, Stephen Merchant, have pulled off that impressive perfecta not once, but twice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
13
 
 
My wish for the holidays this year is simple but sincere, and involves the no-end-in-sight writers' strike. I wish "Late Show with David Letterman" could get special dispensation to resume production of its CBS talk show, if only for one day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
12
 
 
Don't blame the month-long Writers Guild of America strike, and the growing scarcity of scripted programming, for tonight's premiere of CW's "Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants." That mother-daughter competition was in the works long before the strike. As to what's around the corner, you ain't seen nothing yet...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He's also an author and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His 2009 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', has been purchased for film rights. His latest, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV.

 
 
 
 

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