David Bianculli is founder and editor of TVWorthWatching.com. His latest book is “The Platinum Age of Television: From ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘The Walking Dead,’ How TV Became Terrific.” He teaches TV and film history at Rowan University in New Jersey. He also is TV critic and guest host for NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
(CNN)The recent death of Diana Rigg was announced, in some quarters, by a headline noting that a Game of Thrones actress had died at age 82. Such headlines, I have to presume, were written by people too young, or too unobservant, to have taken note of some of that pioneer-feminist-leading lady’s iconic, amazing roles.