DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

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MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

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2007
Dec
11
 
 
Last night around 11 p.m. ET, members of the Television Critics Association were sent an email delivering some bad news. TCA President Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times Picayune, who has been working exhaustively to preserve the January 2008 TV press tour, pulled the plug. It will be the first TCA semiannual press tour scrubbed since the organization of TV critics and reporters was formed in the late 1970s...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
10
 
 
So long as both sides were at least attempting to negotiate an end to the month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America, it made sense to support the shutdown of most scripted shows, wait patiently, and hope for the best. But the best isn't happening, so it's time for viewers to make some demands of their own: Bring back Dave. And Jon, and Conan, and all the rest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
9
 
 
Tom Brokaw, who celebrated WWII veterans as "The Greatest Generation," focuses on the 1960s in his latest book - and tonight at 9 ET on The History Channel, in a two-hour documentary, he hones in on one year in particular: 1968...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
8
 
 
Press releases from the networks started coming in about 10 p.m. ET last night, late enough to minimize coverage on a Friday night in December. But there was news, and the news was bad: The studios and networks had walked away from the negotiating table, leaving them and the striking Writers Guild of America members both moaning about intractable positions and irreconcilable differences...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
7
 
 
I'm channeling the Supremes here, but that's only because I'm happy enough to sing. After weeks of work, it's finally ready: TV WORTH WATCHING's one-stop holiday shopping guide...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
6
 
 
The three-night, six-hour telecast of "Tin Man" just earned Sci Fi Channel the biggest audience for a miniseries in the network's history, outdoing even "Taken" and "Dune." Average audience for the imaginative reworking of L. Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 5.3 million viewers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
5
 
 
One month ago today, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, and this website was launched. A month later, I'm still writing... and the writers still aren't. Meanwhile, the networks have begun announcing their strike-affected revised lineups for January and beyond. Among the most interesting moves comes from CBS, which is talking about importing edited versions of such Showtime series as "Dexter"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
4
 
 
If you watched TV last night, you were witness to, among other things, two abrupt endings and one uneasy beginning. ESPN's "Monday Night Football" went down to the last second...NBC's "Heroes" ended its second volume with a gunshot and, just to tease us, showed the first seconds of volume three...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
3
 
 
That quote - "You guys know who Philo Farnsworth was?" - was the way William H. Macy, playing a ratings expert on the ABC comedy "Sports Night," began lecturing a trio of meddling network executives on the true inventor of electronic television. That speech, and that episode, was written by "Sports Night" creator Aaron Sorkin in 1999...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
2
 
 
For months now, Sci-Fi Channel has been publicizing "Tin Man," its six-hour miniseries, arriving tonight, that offers a rebooted take on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It's worth watching because (after a slow start) it builds nicely and imaginatively. It's also worth applauding because - well, because it's a risk, the type the networks mostly are avoiding these days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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