DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Dec
1
 
 
In certain areas of TV criticism and history, I bow to no one. (I should, but I don't.) But when it comes to holiday television, I bow quite humbly to The Queen of Christmas TV. She Who Cannot Be Equalled, during this time of year, is "Newsday" TV columnist Diane Werts. When it comes to December holiday shows on television, she wrote the book...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Nov
30
 
 
The newest round of strike talks completed its fourth day yesterday, and finally there was some news...This seems to be progress, and definitely is movement. Even that postponement of talks, though, all but guarantees that the strike, which began on November 5, will carry into its second month...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Nov
29
 
 
"The strike is over!" That happy announcement was made last night by actor Roger Bart, and was met with lots of cheers and applause from those in attendance. They had just seen Bart and company complete a performance of "Young Frankenstein," one of the few Broadway shows not shuttered by a stagehands strike...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Nov
28
 
 
CNN and You-Tube team up tonight at 8 ET in St. Petersburg, FL, to hold the second debate among potential candidates for President of the United States. The Democrats did it in July, fielding digitally recorded questions from average American citizens, and now the Republicans gets their chance. Most likely, they'll learn the same thing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Nov
27
 
 
Charlie Brown and Linus would look at tonight's ABC presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas (8 p.m. ET), a Peanutsholiday special first broadcast 42 years ago, somewhat differently. In this case, they'd both be correct. Linus, the faithful optimist, would say that it's one of the few places left, other than the Super Bowl and "American Idol," where entire families can and will gather annually to enjoy a television show together...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2007
Nov
26
 
 
The music channel Fuse presents a new 10-part series tonight at 10 p.m. ET, called "Videos That Rocked the World." The opener, on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," makes the point about how influential music videos could be - back in 1991. But could any video rock the world of 2007? And if not, why not?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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