DAVID BIANCULLI

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Contributors

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TOM BRINKMOELLER

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MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

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NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
Feb
8
 
 
Doctor Who doesn’t return until April 15, but once again it’s facing a recurring existential question: Who will play the next Doctor when the rebooted series returns the following season?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
30
 
 
The standing ovation for Lily Tomlin was to be expected. After all, she was at Los Angeles’ 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
23
 
 
Not so long ago, the best TV encouraged us to face up to the real world. Now, however, a new reality looms. Nihilism is out, escapism is in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
17
 
 
By most accounts, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II is a resounding success. Viewers watched in droves...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
10
 
 
'Tis nobler by half to withhold errant judgment o'er the arts
For this Sherlock doggerel is enough to try men's hearts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
1
 
 

In the beginning there were the heavens and the earth. Planet Earth II has come and gone on BBC TV in the UK, and word is, it was good. Not just good, in fact, but special...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
26
 
 
It was just the latest in a seemingly endless parade of sad news stories. A trickily timed evacuation near the Syrian city of Aleppo was tossed into doubt this past weekend after six buses assigned to help civilians flee to safety from six years of war were set ablaze...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
12
 
 
In 1996, back in the day when November sweeps was a thing, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was resurrected as a two-night miniseries on CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
8
 
 
News flash! Reality TV is not actually real. We know this, of course. Prying beneath the surface, though — taking a hard look at how the sausage is actually made — can be both fun and edifying...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
28
 
 
We all know about binge-viewing. It’s the business model that drives streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, in the same way — not so long ago — it was the driving force behind DVD box sets...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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