DAVID BIANCULLI

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ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

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MONIQUE NAZARETH

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2010
Aug
31
 
 
Anomaly alert: Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS, a network will broadcast a competition during which no devious alliances were formed, no overstuffed mogul fired anyone and -- though music is center-spotlight -- there was no connection whatesover to Simon Cowell. No weigh-ins; no texting of votes; no mile-high performance pastries...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Aug
25
 
 
Anyone else see the growing irony in this? TV Land is a cable network that replays series that once were huge hits on the broadcast networks -- when those networks knew how to regularly schedule the kinds of shows people just never skipped...But since the June premiere of "Hot in Cleveland," TV Land has escalated the contest several notches...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Aug
22
 
 
If you were watching a TV drama about baseball where the batter got a single and ran to third base -- not to first -- and the story made that seem normal, would you wonder if the show's producers knew very much about the sport? Hope not. So don't look for too many factual insights into the country's top court when Outlaw premieres this fall on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Aug
12
 
 
[Bianculli here: Back in May, contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller posted a column that may well have generated more comments than any single TV WORTH WATCHING post. It was about the oft-delayed DVD release of Gary David Goldberg's classic "Brooklyn Bridge" comedy series -- and with this report, he updates the story...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Aug
3
 
 
[Bianculli here: The former Fine Living Network has downsized with the times, and now presents itself as The Cooking Channel. Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller has seen the new incarnation, and posed questions to network representatives, and still finds both the channel's programming, and the slogan, somewhat lacking...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jul
20
 
 
[Bianculli here: Wednesday night at 9 ET, most PBS stations are presenting the latest "American Masters" documentary, a profile of veteran country artist Merle Haggard. He's survived for decades despite the fickle currents of pop culture -- but so has American Masters itself. Tom Brinkmoeller tracked down the show's persistent and perceptive executive producer, Susan Lacy, to learn how...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
28
 
 
[Bianculli here: PBS presents a new documentary on the Berlin Wall tonight, and contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller gives us an advance look at the literally two-sided political story...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Jun
2
 
 
[Bianculli here: First CBS denied "The New Adventures of Old Christine" a spot on its upcoming fall schedule, then yanked it Wednesday night for a special-night rerun of "How I Met Your Mother." Contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller thinks Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and her very funny sitcom (that's my verdict, too), got a raw deal...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
29
 
 
[Bianculli here: Instead of taking the annual PBS summer holiday concerts for granted, contributing writer Tom Brinkmoeller goes to the source to ferret out all sorts of facts, figures and back-stage anecdotes -- just in time for Memorial Day...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
May
26
 
 
[Bianculli here: I'm so proud of our TV WORTH WATCHING contributors. Tom Brinkmoeller, through a lot of dogged reporting, has news for anyone eagerly awaiting the DVD release of Gary David Goldberg's superb "Brooklyn Bridge" CBS series. Alas, the news isn't necessarily good...]
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Tom Brinkmoeller

I wrote about television for a daily newspaper (The Cincinnati Enquirer) in the '80s, but what drew me to covering it was how good this young medium so often was. So much of what was good then came from MTM Enterprises and its alumni. When I left the beat, MTM was still setting high standards with drama series like St. Elsewhere and comedies like Newhart. Because general TV standards have dropped a great distance since then, it's no reason to capitulate. My role here is to find and spotlight programming that still honors high standards.
 
 
 
 

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