New York Times readers will soon have a new TV critic to pick over the highs and lows of the medium. The newspaper has hired James Poniewozik, who has held a similar function at Time magazine, to fill a slot recently vacated by Alessandra Stanley.
“In seriousness, excited to be joining the NY Times in September as their TV critic,” Poniewozik said on Twitter. “And will miss everyone at Time, which has been my home.”
Poniewozik is doing more than adding a consonant as he moves to the Times from Time. He is leaving a job he’s held since 1999. Poniewozik joined the Time Inc. publication after a brief stint at Salon.
Whether he will maintain the breakneck pace of commentary that has been one of his hallmarks remains to be seen. Just last week, Poniezowik penned three separate pieces on the end of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” on Comedy Central, as well as a look at the recently completed second season of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.” Much of his work is for Time’s digital outlets. The large portion of Stanley’s oeuvre seemed tied to the Times’ print newspaper.
The Times announced in June that Stanley, whose tenure as TV critic was marked by bouts of inaccuracy and, more recently, a polarizing column on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” producer Shonda Rhimes, would move to a new beat covering the wealthy. The Times has two other critics who monitor video entertainment: Mike Hale and Neil Genzlinger.