As the show’s first season concludes, its romantic conventions are being twisted into a startling reversal on matters of sex, sadism, love and redemption
May 27, 2015
With the Conservative Party bowing out of the double-debate organized by the big broadcasters, politicians will have to refine their messages through televised ads
May 26, 2015
Impressive and emotional documentary goes behind the scenes to record the Rise of once-broken national side, now hosting Women’s World Cup
May 25, 2015
While watching the mini-series directed by Roland Joffe, time passes incredibly slowly
May 24, 2015
Veep is on one of those comedic rolls that the show has gotten better at forging into subtle but scathing satire
May 22, 2015
David Letterman ended 33 years of talk-show TV on Wednesday night with aplomb. He stuck to his roots in offbeat comedy, a style he made mainstream
May 21, 2015
No program as weirdly cranky, subversive and strange is there to fill the talk-show void left by his retirement
May 19, 2015
City reporter Shauna Hunt bravely confronted men who shouted obscenities at her while she was covering a Toronto FC game. But usually, women reporters subjected to abuse do nothing.
May 18, 2015
Series finale, while imperfect, does justice to the core motivations of Don Draper and his contemporaries
May 18, 2015
Creator Matthew Weiner poured post-war themes of masculinity, material success and male alienation into Don Draper and other characters
May 15, 2015
John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's television critic. His column appears in the Review section Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. He has been the paper's critic since 2000. From 1995 to 2000 he was the critic for Broadcast Week, the Globe's television magazine.
Born in Ireland, John holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from University College, Dublin. He came to Canada in 1980 to pursue a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Having done some student and freelance journalism in Ireland, John continued to write in Canada and eventually abandoned writing for academic reward to concentrate on writing for money. After working briefly in radio and in television, he began writing a column for Broadcast Week in 1991.
Always argumentative, John has the distinction of winning a gold medal, at the age of 10, for his debating skills in the Gaelic language. His freelance articles were widely published in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Ireland and lectured on television and other aspects of popular culture. In a profile of John published in Toronto Life magazine in July, 2000, Robert Fulford wrote, "A critic as intelligent, industrious and ambitious as John Doyle should be cherished."
In 2004, John was called less charitable names. His columns mocking the Fox News Channel on its arrival in Canada attracted the attention of Fox News star Bill O'Reilly, and the channel's viewers wrote in their thousands to John, often abusively. The battle between John and Fox News viewers was the subject of international coverage, including a feature story in The New York Times.
John has won two internal Globe and Mail awards for his writing. His Globe columns have been reprinted in the U.S., the U.K. and in Australia.
His book, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday Canada) was published to acclaim in Canada in October, 2005. The book has now been reprinted many times and published in five countries, including the U.K. and Ireland.
Doyle also writes about soccer for The Globe and Mail and other publications. For the Globe he covered World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan, Euro 2004 in Portugal, World Cup 2006 in Germany and Euro 2008 in Austria /Switzerland. He has also written extensively about soccer for The Guardian and The New York Times.
His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was a national bestseller in Canada on publication in the summer of 2010 and longlisted for The William Hill Irish Sports Book Of The Year. It has also been published in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K. and Croatia.
He has written essays for TV Quarterly (The Journal of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and wrote the introduction to the book Rockburn: The CPAC Interviews (Penumbra Press, 2007). He was profiled in the book A Story To Be Told: Personal Reflections on the Irish Emigrant Experience in Canada (Liffey Press, Dublin, 2008).