DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

Social Media Manager

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

NOEL HOLSTON

GERALD JORDAN

JONATHAN STORM

DONNA J. PLESH

DAVID SICILIA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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David Bianculli (Founder and Editor) David has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air, occasional substitute host for that show's Terry Gross, and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His most recent book is 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,' and he's at work on another.
Christy Slewinski 1969-2013 (Former Managing Editor) Our TVWW managing editor, Christy Slewinski, passed away August 23rd, 2013, suddenly and unexpectedly. Earlier in her career, Christy covered the TV beat at the Tribune-Review and the New York Daily News, and also served as the lifestyles/specialty sections editor at the Orlando Sentinel. She was a great friend as she was an editor, and she was a terrific editor. We still grieve the news, and the loss. To her family, whose losses are infinitely greater, our TVWW love and sympathy.
Eric Gould (Associate Editor) is a writer in Boston. With prior stints in art, music, photography and design under his belt, he casts a wide net across the media pool fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling. He's also the art director and DVD Review Editor at TVWW. Email him at gould@tvworthwatching.com

Linda Donovan (Assistant Editor) Linda's childhood love affair with television propelled her into working in that very medium for over 20 years. Ironically, despite her early devotion to programming, her specialty was station administration and FCC compliance. So she can tell you all about The Flintstones as well as why it does not qualify as E/I under the Children's Television Act.
Kim Akass has written extensively on US TV. She is one of the co-founding editors of the television journal Critical Studies in Television as well as (with Janet McCabe) series editor of ‘Reading Contemporary Television’ for IB Tauris.  She is webmistress of the TV studies website CSTonline and is currently researching the representation of motherhood in the media.
Ed Bark Since 2006, Ed Bark's local and national TV stories and observations have been showcased on his pioneering website, www.unclebarky.com. For 26 years before that, he was TV critic for the Dallas Morning News. He's a past president of the Television Critics Association, and for seven years served on the national Peabody Awards board.
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 and blogs at tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com. 
Barry Garron  A freelance writer, is a former TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter and The Kansas City Star. His work has also appeared in Broadcasting & Cable, Variety, TV Guide, Westways (AAA), Emmy and on CNN.com. He is a past president of the Television Critics Asscoiation.
Noel Holston - Noel 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 also written for USA Today, Advertising Age, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide. The first five shows on Ed's all-time top-ten list are, in order, I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and two from the BBC, Skins and Coupling. The remaining five shows are in constant flux, but they usually include Green Acres, The Twilight Zone and The Sopranos.
Janet McCabe is Honorary Research Fellow in TV Drama at Birkbeck, University of London, as well as Research Assistant (Critical Studies in Television) based at the University of Glamorgan. She has (along with Kim Akass) co-edited several collections, including Reading Sex and the City (2004) and Quality TV: American Television and Beyond (2007), with their latest collaboration, TV Betty Goes Global, published this November. She has written widely on feminism and television, and her book, The West Wing, for the TV Milestone Series, is forthcoming.
Monique Nazareth is a former senior producer on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and spent almost 13 years as a producer on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She's started her journalism career at Monitor Radio and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Donna J. Plesh has been writing about television since the early 1980s, initially for the Orange County Register and its TV magazine. She currently writes about television for variety of magazines and websites. She has a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and is a member of the national Television Critics Association.
David Sicilia is a business historian and commentator at the University of Maryland, where he tries to convince business students that history matters and history students that business matters (newest course: MoneyLand: Business in American Culture). He's written books about Alan Greenspan's image, American entrepreneurs, and the evolution of the U.S. corporation, among other things. He has been a talking head, with body attached, on NPR, CNBC, CNN Financial News, Bloomberg Financial Television, DR-1 Danish Public Television, and NHK Television Japan.
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. His new website, TVThatMatters.net, will debut in time for the 2015-16 fall TV season.
Gabriela Tamariz is a graduate student at the University of Florida College of Journalism & Communications. She’s a writer, web designer and TV/film enthusiast. Her top five TV shows of all time include The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Deadwood and Mad Men. Email her at gabrielatamariz@gmail.com.
New From TVWW

 
 
 
The High Cost of Low Cost TV
By TVWW Guest Contributor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dispatches from TVWW

In Praise of American Idol
By Alex Strachan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Books by
TVWW


 
DANGEROUSLY FUNNY:
The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

by David Bianculli

CBS' controversial '60s comedy team wasn't canceled, they were fired. The untold story is revealed in this acclaimed account based on 15 years of research and interviews.

DICTIONARY of TELELITERACY:Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events
by David Bianculli

The best, the worst, the weirdest. They're all here, 500 landmarks, in a lively alphabetical trip through TV history in all its importance and inanity.

TELELITERACY:
Taking Television Seriously

by David Bianculli

Television is much more than the boob tube. Bianculli's classic argument explains why TV is a crucial medium whose wide-ranging impact deserves serious attention and respect from everyone.

TRUTH AND RUMORS:The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths
by Bill Brioux

TV's most persistent rumors get thumbs up or thumbs down in this breezy and authoritative roundup, covering everything from Walter Cronkite to Joanie Loves Chachi.

 
CHRISTMAS on TELEVISION
by Diane Werts

From A Charlie Brown Christmas to The X-Files, revisit hundreds of seasonal favorites - sitcom and drama episodes, music specials, TV movies, cartoons, even commercials and - brace yourselves - The Star Wars Holiday Special.