Bianculli, David. “The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific”, Doubleday, 2016.
How Television Evolved
“The Platinum Age of Television is one of the most anticipated books of the fall. We now all know that television has taken over as the premier and most important form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by David Bianculli explains historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved.
Bianculli’s theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. As he traces 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 “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 gives 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.
This is the first book to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about. All of us have our ideas and it is great fun comparing them with Bianculli’s. The book comes out this November, 2016.