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SLEEPY HOLLOW
September 16, 2013  | By David Bianculli

Fox, 9:00 p.m. ET

 
SERIES PREMIERE: We plan to have our TVWW Fall Preview page available tomorrow, but Fox already is rolling out the season’s first new prime-time broadcast series. It’s a reworking of the Washington Irving story, bringing Ichabod Crane and his Headless Horseman adversary into the present day, to the confusion of all who encounter either of them. There are some playful moments that make this endurable, and Tom Mason and Nicole Beharie work well together, in a Moonlighting Lite sort of way. But still – Ichabod and company, in this new Fox series, are up against not only the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but, by being the first new show to premiere this season, the Kickoff Curse, as explained in today’s Bianculli’s Blog.
 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

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