DAVID BIANCULLI

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LINDA DONOVAN

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KARLE DUNBAR

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Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
20
 
 
Sometimes, when you watch a program is just as telling as whether you chose to watch in the first place...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
14
 
 
No, The Good Wife will not win the Emmy for its farewell season. Downton Abbey might, though. And with 23 nominations overall, last year’s drama series-winner Game of Thrones is not about to go away anytime soon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
12
 
 
It is the best of times for the Emmys — so much choice. It is the worst of times — too many worthy candidates likely to be overlooked, or snubbed entirely...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
6
 
 
Two lists. First is a list of the most recent Emmy winners for news and documentary. Next is a list of this month’s Television Critics Association (TCA) nominees for news and information...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
27
 
 
Star Trek has been much in the news of late. The biggest disturbance in the force that is Star Trek fandom, though, was Star Trek studio and rights-holders CBS and Paramount Pictures issuing an official set of legal guidelines...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
24
 
 
Ray Donovan isn’t just any detective drama. Los Angeles may be the most filmed city on the planet, and yet Donovan’s deft use of shadows and light makes the familiar look like no place on Earth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
19
 
 
America’s Got Talent shows up in the darnedest places. Not just small-town America, either, but in nooks and crannies around the world...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
14
 
 
Christina Grimmie was a YouTube find on The Voice. She joined YouTube in February 2009, and in just seven years amassed some 3,246,000 subscribers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jun
7
 
 
Where’s the beef? Anthony Bourdain is about to tell you, this weekend, as Parts Unknown puts the finishing touch on its seventh season as one of CNN’s most reliable mainstays...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 under $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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