Mini-series starring Anthony LaPaglia as Montreal mobster Vito Rizzuto moves along with a propulsive force
Sep 19, 2017
The sheer weirdness of how surreally close art, entertainment and politics have become was made clear in the awards show
Sep 18, 2017
Netflix show is a seemingly juvenile but sharp mockery of the long-form investigations that have cropped up on cable and streaming services in recent years
Sep 17, 2017
From a gripping Vietnam War documentary to Star Trek, the season’s small-screen lineup is ready to give viewers an ideal dose of escapism
Sep 15, 2017
Fifteen Oscar winners are nominated for Emmys this year - an indication that prestige television is where the action is
Sep 12, 2017
The writers and producer behind The Deuce explain how even though it is set in 1971, it’s connected to the events of today
Sep 11, 2017
Amid Harvey and Irma's destruction, it's up to viewers to remember how easy it is to be numbed by the saturation coverage of giant waves and collapsing buildings
Sep 08, 2017
There is nothing romantic or ethereal about the opening scenes of the third season ofOutlander(Sunday, W Network, 9 p.m.).
Sep 08, 2017
The festival’s offerings this year are all good TV, but don’t necessarily represent the pinnacle of quality or height of cultural relevance
Sep 08, 2017
The Deuce is outstanding television drama and for all the surface raunch it contains, it is a work of tremulous intimacy
Sep 05, 2017
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).