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

 
 
 
 
 
2017
Jul
26
 
 
After just a few hours, the press conferences at the semi-annual meeting of the Television Critics Association take on the familiarity of a well-worn talk show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
21
 
 
Old news: the new Doctor Who will be played by a female actor for the first time in the franchise’s history... More interesting thing, though, judging from fans’ response on Twitter and other social media sites, was not so much the announcement as the reaction...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
17
 
 
Not much more can be said about Martin Landau that hasn’t been said by others, more eloquent and profound than anything I could say...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
13
 
 
To paraphrase Mark Twain, updated for modern times and the era of Modern Family, reports of Saturday Night Live’s death have been greatly exaggerated...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
10
 
 
There are just two things you need to know about the Emmys this year...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
3
 
 
Several years ago, in a memorable exchange on HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher and guest Seth MacFarlane were discussing the nature of actual war, as opposed to the sanitized version so often seen on the nightly news...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
27
 
 
Much like the period it depicts, Turn: Washington’s Spies defied the odds to last as long as it did — four seasons, 40 episodes in all...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
Predicting TV awards is a fool’s game at the best of times, but this year’s just-announced shortlist for the 33rd Annual Television Critics Association Awards is not just a window into the TV industry as it stands today but also a window into where we are as a society...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
12
 
 
Sometimes, while watching a truly inspired hour of television, one is moved on an intensely personal, hard-to-explain level that defies easy categorization...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
8
 
 
Watching the One Love Manchester benefit concert this past weekend for the victims of the May 22 bombing outside Manchester Arena in the UK, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the healing balm of music in troubled times...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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