DAVID BIANCULLI

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ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Sep
20
 
 
So far, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War has shied away from tired tropes as it slowly and often exquisitely lays down the historical underpinnings of America’s most divisive war...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
19
 
 
There are 16,000 American advisors in Vietnam when The Vietnam War returns tonight with Episode Three...Those advisors’ fate — and the fate of the embattled country of Vietnam — will rest with a new U.S. president...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
18
 
 
It seems self-explanatory, let alone unnecessary, but there it is: The second night of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War opens with a viewer advisory. Discretion is advised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
17
 
 
Beginning tonight, (Sunday, September 17) TVWW's Alex Strachan will file daily previews of the new nightly Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War. This first of the 10-episode series opens with a look back at the pre-war conditions in the former "French Indochina"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
12
 
 
Ken Burns was nine-years-old when he first heard the word Vietnam, and it meant nothing to him. That is to say, it meant about as much to him as North Korea might to an average nine-year-old today...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
11
 
 
The 2017 Emmy Awards will be here before you know it, on a wind and a prayer...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
6
 
 
Ken Burns knew all along that he would use as many appropriate songs of the era as he could snag the rights for on a PBS budget, but the issue of the background music was a thorny issue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
28
 
 
And now for something completely different: a good-news story for a change. That’s good news, at least, for those wondering if their favorite TV show is coming back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
22
 
 
In 1977, Jimmy Carter had just been elected president, the US population passed 220 million for the first time...and a little film called Star Wars opened and immediately had crowds lining around the block...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
No one is suggesting the world will end, of course, though the late, great Isaac Asimov and fellow science-fiction writer Robert Silverberg foretold exactly that in their classic 1941 novella Nightfall...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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