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WITNESS
November 12, 2012  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

 
How weird is it that film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone has two new nonfiction TV series on, at competing cable networks, the same night each week? But he does. Stone’s Witness presents a new installment this week, called Libya. Last year’s overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi is covered by photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown, who’s covering a conflict so dangerous it claimed the lives of some of Brown’s colleagues.
 
 
 
 
 
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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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