The purpose of TV WORTH WATCHING is to ferret out and celebrate what's good about TV. The bad stuff, certainly, is easy enough to find. But in an ever-expanding TV universe, and with newspapers devoting less space and resources to quality analysis of television, where can a person turn to find trustworthy, informed recommendations about the best of what's out there?
That place, it is hoped, is right here.
Visit the TV WORTH WATCHING home page every day, and you'll get a brief listing of the day's very best television offerings - whether they're weekly series, documentary specials, movies, children's offerings, or bizarre but worthwhile cult items.
Also, you'll get to read regular columns - okay (sigh), blogs - by contributors who are both excellent writers and perceptive critics. With our 2010 redesign, each has his or her individual home page, making it easy to find their current and archived commentary. And truly, the writers gathering here continue to be among the best in the business.
TV WORTH WATCHING also provides recommendations about the best new releases of TV shows on DVD, and suggests some classics you might want to check out that you haven't yet seen. There are also the same types of recommendations about books related to TV, and about TV-related CD collections. No matter what the format - DVDs, CDs, books - nothing is listed on TV WORTH WATCHING unless it's really good. Really.
Other elements of this website, for those who take the time to poke around, include spaces devoted to interesting video, TV theme songs, TV "Extras" (my term for hidden TV in-jokes), and occasional special sections devoted to holiday specials, DVD holiday releases, and fall TV lineups.
The basic goal is: If something good is coming on TV, we'll let you know. And if something worth discussing has been televised, from breaking news to memorable finales, we'll weigh in on that, too. Come along for the ride - and let us know what YOU think.
David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, when he first got paid to write columns about television for Florida's The Gainesville Sun, while still a student at the University of Florida. The starting pay was $5 per column, and the ending pay wasn't much more - but those clips, and a Masters degree in Journalism and Communications, were enough to land a full-time job in 1977, writing about television for The Ft. Lauderdale News, which eventually became The Sun-Sentinel.
From there, other TV critic jobs followed: Ohio's The Akron Beacon Journal (1980-83), Pennsylvania's The Philadelphia Inquirer (1983-87), The New York Post (1987-93), and, most recently, The New York Daily News (1993-2007). On radio, he provided a TV review for the inaugural nightly broadcast of National Public Radio's Fresh Air in 1987, and has been that show's TV critic ever since. He also serves as guest host, substituting for Terry Gross.
Bianculli has written two books on television and its impact: Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992) and its even more clunkily titled sequel, Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events (1996). In 2009, he finally completed a third: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.' He's also contributed chapters to other books, including The Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut (1994), Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers (1996), and Reading Quality TV: American Television and Beyond (2007).
His articles, columns and reviews have appeared in TV Guide, Broadcasting & Cable, The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, The Week, Variety, Film Comment, The London Independent, Washington Journalism Review, Electronic Media, Television Quarterly, Television Business International, Taxi, Fame, Parents' Choice, Family Life, Channels of Communication, and syndicated in hundreds of daily newspapers.
He also teaches TV and film history and appreciation as a full-time associate professor at Rowan University in New Jersey, introducing almost all of his students to the likes of Rod Serling's Patterns and the zany work of Ernie Kovacs.
ABOUT OUR WRITERS
Ed Bark started his pioneering website unclebarky.com in 2006, after 26 years as TV critic for The Dallas Morning News. He's a past president of the Television Critics Association, and served on the national Peabody Awards board.
P.J. Bednarski is a veteran TV critic and former executive editor of Broadcasting & Cable magazine.
Mark Bianculli writes scripts and works in production on prime-time TV dramas, when he isn't watching and writing about the medium.
Tom Brinkmoeller wrote about television for The Cincinnati Enquirer in the '80s. He feels TV quality has dropped since then, and wants to spotlight programming that still honors high standards.
Bill Brioux is the David Bianculli of Canada, except he keeps his white beard to himself. He currently contributes to the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press (CP) and blogs at tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com.
Theresa Corigliano has been a network and a studio executive, and worked in production and as a writer. She is completely aware that she has quirky tastes.
Eric Gould is an architect in Boston. With prior stints in art, music, photography and writing, he casts a wide net fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling.
Diane Holloway spent three decades as TV critic for the Austin American-Statesman, then returned to her first love, politics. But her love for TV has not faded, and she still watches more than she reads.
Noel Holston wrote about TV, radio and popular culture for the Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Newsday, before semi-retiring to grow wine bottles near Athens, Ga.
Gerald B. Jordan is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas. Earlier in his career, he was a respected, unusually well-dressed TV critic for the Kansas City Star.
Ed Martin is a media critic whose columns appear at JackMyers.com, MediaBizBloggers.com and The Huffington Post. He is the former senior editor of Inside Media and has written for USA Today and TV Guide.
Eric Mink most recently was op-ed editor/columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He previously wrote about TV and media for the New York Daily News. He now teaches film at Webster University in St. Louis.
Alan Pergament was TV critic for the Buffalo News for 28 years and TV sports critic before that. He also teaches at Buffalo State College and Medaille College, and maintains his own website, stilltalkintv.blogspot.com.
Diane Werts has been a writer and editor for New York's Newsday and The Dallas Morning News. She's also a past president of the Television Critics Association. Her coverage specializes in the tube's stranger, cooler and more obscure permutations, exemplified by her book Christmas on Television.
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