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AuthorTalks Welcomes David Bianculli, Author of The Platinum Age of Television

December 21, 2016
David Bianculli

Television critic David Bianculli will speak about his book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific (Doubleday, November 2016) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on January 4, 2017 at Alexander Library. Reservations are encouraged.

If series such as I Love Lucy and Perry Mason marked the golden age of television in the 1950s, says David Bianculli in his latest book, then late-90s shows like The Sopranos and The West Wing ushered in its platinum age. Now, we live in an era marked by such an abundance of quality programming that services like Netflix and Hulu have emerged to accommodate it all.

In his exhaustive look at the last 60 years of television, Bianculli showcases five exemplary series for each of 18 different genres—from crime dramas to animated series and many in between—with a Darwinian eye toward what pushed the medium forward. Along the way, he profiles some of television’s most innovative creators, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, David Chase, Vince Gilligan, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Larry David, Aaron Sorkin, and Matt Weiner.

In his presentation, Bianculli will reflect upon his more than 40 years of experience as a critic and discuss the process of writing what the American Library Association’s Booklist Online describes as “impressively comprehensive” and “simply a must-read for TV lovers.”

Following the presentation, Bianculli will take questions and sign copies of the book. Rutgers’ Office of Summer & Winter Sessions will sponsor a drawing for 10 free copies and additional books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble at Rutgers.

About the Author
David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975. From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News. Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2009); Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992); and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996). An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine TVWorthWatching.com.