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MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2016
May
18
 
 
The Americans has always had a keen sense of the past, but perhaps never more so than this season..
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
17
 
 
This is what was trending on Google News the other day: “Blac Chyna is Pregnant: 6 Reasons Why Rob Kardashian Is Going to Be a Great Dad.” There are six reasons — at least — not to care, but that is where the media culture is today...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
2
 
 
Two episodes into Veep’s fifth term, one thing is clear: Life is unlikely to imitate Veep’s art in at least one important respect...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
26
 
 
The Good Wife has experienced both highs and lows in its seven years as one of network television’s shining lights. If there’s one thing Christine Baranski will take with her, it’s the bigger-picture themes the series tackled...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
20
 
 
It was a moment of breathtaking beauty, a reminder of the best television can be when it strives for greatness...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
19
 
 
“Children of Syria” is strong stuff, both as documentary filmmaking and as a testament to the human spirit...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
4
 
 
By now, Survivor’s audience is used to the routine. Twenty or so contestants are thrown together in a remote tropical location and are split into tribes. At some point, whoever’s left in the two tribes merges into a single group of conflicting personalities...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
29
 
 

I hope you get a kick out of The Walking Dead’s season finale this weekend, I really do. I myself won’t enjoy it — at least, not as much as I might have. A casual acquaintance of mine gave away the ending...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
29
 
 
For those viewers, readers and moviegoers who don’t have to be first-on-their-block to know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father (sorry!), or that taking a bite out of the apple in the Garden of Eden was a really bad idea...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
21
 
 
Even legends die eventually. Or, as hapless waiter Manuel of Fawlty Towers would have said, “hee-vent-whally.” This past week, the U.K. newspaper The Guardian reported that the rustic, seaside hotel that inspired John Cleese’s classic comedy Fawlty Towers, has been demolished...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 @astrachanideas
 
 
 
 

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