The Golden Age of TV has gone hand-in-hand with the golden age of television criticism, but the New York Times — as this site and others have long noted — has lagged conspicuously behind. So it brings me great joy to report that Time’s James Poniewozik has been named the Times’ chief TV critic, and will report for duty in September. It’s a major step, along with hiring Gilbert Cruz as the paper’s TV editor, towards bringing the paper’s TV criticism in line with its already-great writing on film and popular music, and cause for general rejoicing all around. (Scroll through the archive of his Time criticism if you have any doubts.)
For years, people have been taking phone messages from me as “James from the Times.” Finally, it will be true! https://t.co/NJEPQ0cMWj
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) August 10, 2015
Here’s Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon’s memo on Poniewozik coming aboard, via Kate Aurthur.
Poniewozik has also been a frequent contributor to the Criticwire Survey. Here he is on the usefulness of star ratings, how he feels about social media, whether withholding advance screeners from critics affects their reviews, his most-used Simpsons quote, and the best TV show with the worst theme song.