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BILL NYE SAVES THE WORLD
April 21, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new Netflix original series stars Bill Nye, formerly the host of the Disney Channel science series Bill Nye the Science Guy. In TV history terms, there’s a straight line from Don Herbert’s Mr. Wizard to Nye’s more modern counterpart – and last week in one of my TV history classes at Rowan University, after showing a series of old Watch Mr. Wizard clips, I mentioned that Bill Nye was returning with a new series on Netflix, and my college students went nuts, and demanded to get a sneak peek, as though they were getting access to a new Beatles bootleg or something. So Netflix may be on to something here, especially since Bill Nye Saves the World is aimed at adults – and, based on the reactions from my students, hits the bullseye. For a full review, visit the Fresh Air website to hear my review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The entire first season “drops” today.
 
 
 
 
 
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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.

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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