Joanna Wilson

  • Joanna Wilson

    Joanna Wilson draws upon her academic background in film history and philosophy to create insightful commentary on pop culture of all kinds. She is the author of three books, Merry Musical Christmas, Volume One: The Best Christmas Music in TV Sitcoms & Dramas (2013), Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies (2010), and The Christmas TV Companion, a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials, and Outrageous Oddities (2009). Wilson is also the co-author of A is for Akron (2014). She was interviewed for a recent article in the New York Times on the reboot of Silent Night, Deadly Night. A lively and engaging speaker, she has appeared in two television specials as a commentator on Christmas entertainments. In 2010, she appeared in The Real Story of Christmas on the History Channel, and the TV Guide Network’s 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments. As an expert on Christmas TV movies, Wilson was invited to moderate the cast reunion for a screening of the 1971 TV movie The Homecoming in December 2011. The cast reunion for the 40th Anniversary of The Homecoming included members of the much-beloved TV series The Waltons. Wilson writes a regularly updated blog about Christmas on TV, from the popular to the rare, at She publishes a daily Twitter post of Christmas programming airing on TV @tistheseasontv. She is currently at work on a book about Archie the Snowman, and Akron, Ohio's long history of Christmas-themed attractions.