DAVID BIANCULLI

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LINDA DONOVAN

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KARLE DUNBAR

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Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Mar
14
 
 
Scan YouTube for highlights of Planet Earth II and one can’t help but be struck by how many compilation fan videos are of the blood-’n’-claws variety...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
3
 
 
“Here’s what you need to know about Russia’s ambassador to the US,” the Washington Post told readers, in its Friday edition. Joe Weisberg, the former CIA case officer who co-created The Americans with Joel Fields, could be forgiven for allowing himself a small laugh...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
1
 
 
The great Al Pacino can mumble with the best of them, as he proved in Warren Beatty’s wacky 1990 caper movie Dick Tracy. Arguably —  and not for the first time in his storied career — Pacino stole the movie...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
20
 
 
There are secrets, and then there are lies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
16
 
 
Mike Gunton is not the household name David Attenborough is, but if there’s to be a third go-round of Planet Earth, Gunton is likely the person who will sign off on it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
8
 
 
Doctor Who doesn’t return until April 15, but once again it’s facing a recurring existential question: Who will play the next Doctor when the rebooted series returns the following season?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
The standing ovation for Lily Tomlin was to be expected. After all, she was at Los Angeles’ 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
23
 
 
Not so long ago, the best TV encouraged us to face up to the real world. Now, however, a new reality looms. Nihilism is out, escapism is in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
17
 
 
By most accounts, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II is a resounding success. Viewers watched in droves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 available on Amazon for under $20.

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

 
 

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