DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

KIM AKASS

MONIQUE NAZARETH

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2011
Oct
27
 
 
You've always wanted to tell your TV set what to do and where to go. Yes, you know you have. And maybe soon, you will. If Apple has anything to say about it. Turns out maybe Siri isn't just some fancy new talk-to-me iPhone assistant. Maybe she was actually developed to be -- gasp! -- your future video remote control...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
23
 
 
Run, do not walk, to order one of TV's all-time most enduring comedies on DVD, released this week in a bonus-loaded complete series set. Barney Miller finally gets the treatment it deserves, from our friends at Shout! Factory, who know how to make pop culture milestones come alive...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
Whoa, and boy howdy -- these are some impressive ratings numbers! Sunday's second-season premiere of The Walking Dead was one live wire for AMC, smashing cable viewership records in key demos -- Clearly, Bianculli's rave had sway!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
The time has not yet come when TV Worth Watching rules television itself (or at least one channel stocked 24/7 with smart and cool programs). But we CAN stream this Friday's premiere of Starz' Kelsey Grammer political drama Boss. The premium cable channel is sneaking the entire hour to entice viewers to a series it likes so much, Starz has already ordered a second season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
13
 
 
But which holiday? Halloween? Christmas? St. Patrick's Day? How about all three? Syfy has announced a trio of holiday-themed entries in its trashtastic Saturday Original Movies lineup. First up: "Zombie Apocalypse" (Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. ET), with Ving Rhames [photo at top] leading a group of survivors that also includes Taryn Manning. You'll be thrilled to know it's from the same production company that brought us "MegaPython vs. Gatoroid"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
12
 
 
Would The CW cancel a Buffy-tastic star like Sarah Michelle Gellar? They would not! Her new series "Ringer" has gotten a full-season pickup, despite lagging ratings -- because, hey, it's The CW, how high could the bar be?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
10
 
 
Our friends at Warner Archive just notified us they aren't only doing the 20 percent sale you see on today's home page NEW THIS WEEK space. Deals include: "Smile Jenny, You're Dead" (David Janssen pilot for Harry O), "Then Came Bronson" (Michael Parks on motorcycle) and "Probe" (Hugh O'Brian's futuristic series pilot)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
4
 
 
So much news today about this starting-to-shake-out fall TV season. First up: NBC's The "Playboy Club" becomes 2011-12's first network TV cancellation, getting the ax Tuesday after three dismally rated Monday night outings. At the same time, NBC gave full-season pickups to two new comedies -- "Up All Night" and "Whitney" (Thursday's live-audience lead-out from The Office). NBC has been promoting the heck out of these two during Sunday night football and other popular offerings...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
1
 
 
Maybe you've heard the story about a rambunctious baby boy who fell down an entire flight of stairs and popped right back up unharmed. "That's a buster!" exclaimed a nearby observer. And little Joe was thereafter called Buster -- as in Keaton. Those nimble acrobatics are on wondrous display on Turner Classic Movies all throughout October, along with grown-up Buster's great stone face and gravelly voice...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Sep
26
 
 
Are you ready for some new networks? Well, actually, old networks, reinventing themselves in search of new viewers. History International is now H2. And on Tuesday (Oct. 4), Discovery's HD Theater becomes Velocity. HI hasn't actually been "international" for awhile now, unless you think Secret Missions of the Civil War has a global focus. But it's probably now more "history" than ever...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Diane Werts

Associate Editor
Diane Werts has been glued to the tube since she can remember, growing up in a household where the TV came on first thing in the morning and stayed on till bedtime and beyond. She worked for the USA Film Festival, then for The Dallas Morning News writing about everything from Shakespeare to macrame art to rock music (and has the hearing loss to prove it). She moved to New York's Newsday to edit their glossy TV magazine, then returned to writing about television, specializing in its stranger permutations. She's a past president of the Television Critics Association.
 
 
 

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