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Recent articles by John:

Soccer: Goals, grit, glamour, money and desperation

A guide to TV drama, comedy and documentaries about the beautiful game → Read More

The English, the western and the most troublesome storytelling

The English, on Amazon Prime Video, is a masterpiece, twisting the traditional western in provocative directions → Read More

What streaming has done: Celebrate the morally dubious

There are fewer cautionary tales, so many series celebrate a toxic hustle-culture → Read More

Bored by the discourse: The poverty of political coverage on Canadian TV

Being mildly bored is the factory setting for political discussion here, and that’s dangerous → Read More

Why vampires are back: Fear of sex, death, disease, the unknowable ‘other’ Vamp

Vampire entertainment has multiple meanings, from comedy to COVID-induced terror → Read More

What’s the point of critics? Mostly, to serve you

Being a critic in Canada involves lots of love and hate → Read More

The Golden Age of TV is ending. Blame the streaming wars

There’s something almost homogenous about the streaming universe right now. Streamers want subscribers hooked on true crime, serial-killer dramas, risqué reality shows, and fantasy series with an existing fanbase → Read More

The Old Man: Most underrated series of the year

The thriller, for all its action sequences and cat-and-mouse games, has passion and authenticity → Read More

Four TV comedies to stream now, from droll to daft

There’s nothing to laugh about? Oh yes there is, in this assortment of TV comedies streaming now → Read More

Fall TV Preview: 12 must-see shows to cozy up with this season

The debut of The Weeknd’s Idol, the return of The White Lotus, and more → Read More

Meanwhile in Trumpland: Fox News, fake news and the search for neutrality

As CNN aims to be more ‘neutral’ there is one less critic of the strange American cable news universe → Read More

Freedom in Canada: Where The Handmaid’s Tale is now

The matter of Canada has truly seeped into the texture and storylines → Read More

The Queen’s funeral, as seen on TV, was visually sumptuous and quietly revealing

On TV it amounted to an almost enjoyable spectacle, an exaltation of ceremony and tradition → Read More

No flashy fantasy: Four fun shows to savour on streaming

Away from the hyped fantasy shows there exist new seres with wit, warmth and mischief → Read More

TV news in Canada has a long history of treating anchors like bouncy balls

The Lisa LaFlamme controversy is the most recent in a long list of mistakes and malfunction → Read More

Emmy Awards: Fun, chaotic show, some too-familiar winners

Before the boring bits at the end, what NBC presented was a snappy, lightweight show → Read More

That ‘72 hockey series and the sum of us, in a new context

The new CBC documentary series Summit 72 is healthily realistic about events smothered in nostalgia → Read More

Is House of the Dragon fascist fantasy escapism?

The HBO prequel to Game of Thrones gives a dangerous allure to the fascist impulse → Read More

Queen Elizabeth on TV: She understood the medium well

Her public persona was shaped by image and the intimacy of television was a huge benefit to her → Read More

Canadian TV news is inept at the top

CTV News bosses couldn’t understand a controversy they created → Read More