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
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
Ideas don’t always translate well on the small screen. That’s why the ambitious, high-minded National Geographic documentary series American Genius is such an exercise in frustration...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
29
 
 

Never mind the veep. Is America ready for a female president? To anyone who lives outside the U.S. it’s a silly question...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
17
 
 
When I first learned of a Stanford University project to draw a literary “map of emotions” of 1890s Victorian London, at first I wanted to learn more. And then I thought of Penny Dreadful, and how it has affected and moved me...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
May
15
 
 

It had to happen. Even Bonanza and Gunsmoke had to call it quits eventually. Even so, breaking news from the network upfronts that next season of American Idol will be its swan song came as something of a shock...

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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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