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ERIC GOULD

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LINDA DONOVAN

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ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
13
 
 
The singing-competition shows are all about moments — and memories —  and American Idol and The Voice have had their share in the last couple of weeks, in what is turning out to be memorable seasons for both shows...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
7
 
 
Super Tuesday wasn’t so super for old-school traditionalists. Super Saturday was no better. This is now a Donald Trump world. You’re just living in it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
29
 
 
Ghostly shadows flicker across the screen. Colors flow and merge while, in another, later time, a small girl wakes in hospital from a coma. Malala Yousafzai, now a teenager, remembers having terrible dreams, she tells us in a slow, halting voiceover...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
22
 
 
I have seen the future, and it looks a lot like the TV-network equivalent of a murder-suicide pact. It was Sunday night, the most heavily viewed night of the TV week, and there was too much for the DVR to keep up with...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
14
 
 
Who said you can’t get smarter by watching TV? Or if not smarter exactly, certainly more knowledgeable...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
8
 
 
Sports betting has become big business. But where does online betting — disavowed by virtually all the professional sports leagues — end and fantasy-sports betting begin?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
4
 
 
After the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and numerous other citations, it’s no secret that Mr. Robot is the new buzzword in TV’s cultural echo chamber...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
28
 
 
It was a documentary I had every reason to look forward to... Himalayan Megaquake had some of the most compelling subject matter you will see in any documentary film this year. It was also unwatchable...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol, and time to cull the herd on the once dominant TV competition’s final season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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