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

 
 
 
 
 
2016
Oct
10
 
 
It’s hard to imagine, just a few short months ago, that ISIS would become yesterday’s news, but as the two-hour PBS Frontline documentary “Confronting ISIS” shows, it’s still very much a going concern, with no end in sight...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Oct
4
 
 
The argument against violence on TV is as old as The Three Stooges — and, at times, about as silly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
25
 
 
The boat race is over. The horse race is about to begin. Winds of change might be buffeting the TV industry, but some things never change, based on the evidence of the past week...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
19
 
 
In case you missed last night's Emmy awards, Alex Strachan's blog will take you through the broadcast and give you his reactions to expected and surprise wins...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
19
 
 
There was a telling moment during last week’s joyous, stirring finale of America’s Got Talent. If you blinked, you might have missed it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
18
 
 
A cursory glance at this year’s Emmy nominees shows just how far TV has come... the real marvel here is how unlike any two nominated series are...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
12
 
 
For me, it was the salt vampire. As with an entire generation of Star Trek followers, I came to the original series late. I was in my early teens...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Sep
5
 
 
Let me tell you about the English. They are different from you and me. They watch Strictly Come Dancing and Are You Being Served? and The Great British Bake Off has them lining up around the corner...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
28
 
 
Just last week — days ago, in fact — Oxford Dictionaries launched a worldwide online vote to determine the least popular word in the English language...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Aug
21
 
 
There’s a rule of thumb in network executive suites that any TV program can survive low ratings, if there’s a potential upside. What no TV program can survive, though, is a consistent pattern of deteriorating ratings...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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