DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

CANDACE KELLEY

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Jan
10
 
 
'Tis nobler by half to withhold errant judgment o'er the arts
For this Sherlock doggerel is enough to try men's hearts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
1
 
 

In the beginning there were the heavens and the earth. Planet Earth II has come and gone on BBC TV in the UK, and word is, it was good. Not just good, in fact, but special...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
26
 
 
It was just the latest in a seemingly endless parade of sad news stories. A trickily timed evacuation near the Syrian city of Aleppo was tossed into doubt this past weekend after six buses assigned to help civilians flee to safety from six years of war were set ablaze...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
12
 
 
In 1996, back in the day when November sweeps was a thing, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was resurrected as a two-night miniseries on CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
8
 
 
News flash! Reality TV is not actually real. We know this, of course. Prying beneath the surface, though — taking a hard look at how the sausage is actually made — can be both fun and edifying...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
28
 
 
We all know about binge-viewing. It’s the business model that drives streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, in the same way — not so long ago — it was the driving force behind DVD box sets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
22
 
 
No one could spin a yarn quite like Michael Crichton, so it was probably inevitable that the 1973 movie thriller Westworld would be spun off for the small screen one day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
16
 
 
The millennials and Gen-Xers merged last week on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. To the casual viewer, it might have looked like any other Survivor outing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
4
 
 
Live from New York, on tape in West Coast time zones, it’s Saturday Night Live this weekend. It’s the last live show before the Nov. 8 election...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
2
 
 
One story about cats is that they cut a silent deal with humankind, back in the days of Ancient Egypt. The story goes like this: 'We’ll keep your granaries free of birds, rats, and mice,...and in return, you’ll provide us with the occasional treat...'
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Alex Strachan

Alex Strachan has written extensively about television since 1995. He was the staff television critic for The Vancouver Sun from June 1995 to 2003. Prior to that, he was a general-assignment reporter and sportswriter at the Sun, which he originally joined in 1979. He became the national TV critic for Canada’s Postmedia News chain, or Canwest Global Communications as it was then called, in September 2003. He wrote for the chain from 2003-15, during which time his stories appeared regularly on Canada.com and in such daily papers as the National Post, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Calgary Herald. In recent years, his writing has focused more on media analysis and industry trends than celebrity profiles and background features, but he still finds time to watch The Voice and The Amazing Race, not to mention guilty pleasures like Banshee and Amazon Hotel. Alex's personal website focuses on his concern for the world around us through his stunning photographs from his world travels. In addition, check out Alex's blog on his site which he tries to update every two days or so. You can also follow Alex @astrachanphoto
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “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."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

Dispatches From TVWW

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Letters of 'Victoria'
By David Hinckley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
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