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April 21, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

This is not a recommendation. SERIES PREMIERE: This new series, starring Britt Robertson, is very loosely based on the memoir of the same name by Sophia Amoruso, and is created by Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon. So the snark is sharp here – and set a decade ago, this comedy series presents its central character as an abrasive person you’re supposed to like despite all the faults and frostinesss. We’ve seen it already, and better, in You’re the Worst, and already, and no better, in Selfie. But here, having Robertson’s Sophia doing or saying something awful, then asking herself why she’s so awful, doesn’t make anything more acceptable – much less more entertaining. But she does have good fashion sense, especially when it comes to vintage jackets.

 
 
 
 
 
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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 available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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