DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2017
May
14
 
 
The Amazing Race will live to run another race, after all. CBS’s pre-upfronts announcement late last week that the 13-time Emmy Award-winning series will return for a milestone 30th season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
Hindsight is 20/20 — pun intended in this case since we’re talking about ABC. The Alphabet network’s decision to revive American Idol is both timely and, in this correspondent’s opinion, shrewd...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
8
 
 
Twin Peaks was the original 13-episode drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
The original idea was a one-off, or at least that was the intention at the time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
21
 
 
This one is different. There are similarities, to be sure. A writer picketing outside a studio during the 2007 writers’ strike sported a placard...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
11
 
 
The MTV MTVA’s recent decision — effective this year — to scrap their best actor and best actress categories in favor of a single gender-neutral category is a conversation starter, if nothing else.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
5
 
 
A friend who’s just discovered The Good Fight told me the other day that she can’t believe how much she’s enjoying it. In the next breath, she  admitted she’d never seen The Good Wife. This is the kind of admission that demands instant cross-examination...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
27
 
 
If you could choose a different ending to Breaking Bad would you? Netflix executives are already talking about so-called “branch narratives” and different ways to connect plot points in some of its adult dramas...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
14
 
 
Scan YouTube for highlights of Planet Earth II and one can’t help but be struck by how many compilation fan videos are of the blood-’n’-claws variety...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
3
 
 
“Here’s what you need to know about Russia’s ambassador to the US,” the Washington Post told readers, in its Friday edition. Joe Weisberg, the former CIA case officer who co-created The Americans with Joel Fields, could be forgiven for allowing himself a small laugh...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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