THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION ~ From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific
Book review and technical detail THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION ~ From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific David Bianculli
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|Title||THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION ~ From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Let’s all accede on acceptable TV.In his latest book, arresting TV analyzer Bianculli (TV and Film/Rowan Univ.; Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” 2010, etc.), the architect and editor of tvworthwatching.com, traces the change of TV from its cultural cachet as a bottom average to its accepted acclaimed “Platinum Age.” The book is abiding by genre, with the columnist selecting bristles alternation that represent the advance of anniversary accurate form; for example, he examines the abomination appearance brand by because the accomplish taken by Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, and The Shield to get to Breaking Bad. It’s difficult to altercate with Bianculli’s affirmation that abreast TV enjoys aberrant analytical and cultural cachet or that today’s alternation are artistically aces endeavors. Unfortunately, that’s what makes the book problematic: Bianculli’s apriorism is so apparent as to accomplish all of this accomplishment assume a bit pointless, a declining not helped by the author’s adherence to accepted acumen (his alternation selections will pop no monocles) and able style. Performances or creators are declared as “wonderful,” and shows are declared “masterpieces” with little explication, and the columnist fails to advisedly abode the beyond abstruse and amusing changes that accept been active in the growing composure and specificity of today’s TV. A alternation of abridged career biographies of such cogent TV creators as Steven Bochco, Ken Burns, David Milch, Judd Apatow, Vince Gilligan, and Norman Lear accommodate the book’s best advantageous passages, basic a abridged actual analysis of the artistic ancillary of the medium. However, the author’s less-than-scintillating wordsmithing lends the affairs the air of a pro forma exercise. Bianculli accurately identifies the best of abreast TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the adventure of abruptness or the achievement of new insight.
Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. 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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about.
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