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

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
 
 
 
2015
Aug
18
 
 
And now for something completely different: a mental acuity test. Who said the following? "It’s a little bit like, you watch somebody sell their used car and not wash it. You can spend $10 washing the car and get another $200 for the car..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
4
 
 
The Television Critics Association's biannual get-togethers have been going on for more than 30 years now. That’s longer than Gunsmoke was on the air, longer even than Law & Order, in all its guises...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
30
 
 
I come neither to praise Jon Stewart nor to bury him. Many have done the former, and Fox News seems only too happy to do the latter...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
13
 
 

What do The Americans, Louie, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield and Justified all have in common, other than that they all aired, and in some cases still do, on FX? They have never won an Emmy. Further, they have not even been nominated...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
6
 
 
Talent comes in different shapes and sizes. And guises. That’s hardly news, of course, but it explains a lot about how, even after 10 seasons, America’s Got Talent is still doing boffo biz in the summer ratings...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
29
 
 
“Only food runs!”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
23
 
 
Expectations carry a heavy burden. Just ask M. Night Shyamalan. His name featured prominently in network previews for Wayward Pines so it was only natural that early reviews focused on the idea of a once mighty feature filmmaker trying his hand on the small screen...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
15
 
 
Tyrant, FX’s morally ambitious drama about Machiavellian intrigue and family politics in the fictional Mideast dictatorship of Abbudin, returns for a 13-episode second season Tuesday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
9
 
 
VANCOUVER, B.C.  — The X-Files is back where it started, but a lot has changed in the months and years since the then series finale aired on May 19, 2002...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
4
 
 
Primetime TV’s ongoing fascination with the ‘60s continues, though, to mixed effect. Aquarius, an Altmanesque look at Charles Manson from the perspective of an ensemble of acolytes, misfits and hangers-on...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 $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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