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LOCH NESS
June 19, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Acorn TV, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
SERIES PREMIERE: Acorn TV will roll this series out weekly, as the latest British import (in the U.K., it was shown as The Loch) offering streaming viewers a chance to catch another across-the-pond mystery with local scenery, characters, flavor, and intrigue. This time it’s Scotland’s Loch Ness, home of the famed, elusive Loch Ness Monster purported to live deep in its depths. The opening scene of Loch Ness shows us a different mystery at the loch floor: a dead body, floating vertically at the bottom of the lake, anchored there with its feet tied to a curling stone. And then we cut right to a curling club, where the show’s protagonist, local detective Annie Redford, is rolling a curling stone and yelling some of those incomprehensible syllables that curlers seem to shout at the Winter Olympics. Then there’s a fake Loch Ness monster “corpse,” followed by a real corpse found below the cliffs at the loch. And, as the capper, Annie is played by Laura Fraser, who played the evil Lydia on Breaking Bad – and who just showed up last week, as the same character, in its prequel, Better Call Saul. A Bad and Saul connection? The Loch Ness monster? Curling? Is it any wonder that Acorn’s new Loch Ness, from the start, has a loch on my imagination? For full reviews, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes and David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower
 
 
 
 
 
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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