Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Watch the first trailer for HBO's 'Baltimore Rising,' Sonja Sohn's documentary about Freddie Gray aftermath

Here’s a look at the first trailer for HBO’s documentary “Baltimore Rising,” directed by Sonja Sohn of “The Wire.”

The documentary was filmed in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death from injuries suffered in police custody in 2015. It will air on HBO on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

You can watch the trailer above.

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Sinclair bid to be biggest could also make it most hated TV company in America

In May, when the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the purchase of Tribune Media, the $3.9 billion deal looked like a slam dunk to gain government approval and make the Hunt-Valley-based company the largest TV company in the nation.

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TLC's 'Trading Spaces' filming in Baltimore this month

TLC’s “Trading Spaces” reboot will be in the Baltimore area the next two weekends filming upcoming episodes.

The home design show hosted by Paige Davis will be here Sunday and Monday, as well as Oct. 27 and 28.

A spokeswoman for the show declined to provide specifics as to where the filming would be.

“Trading Spaces” originally aired from 2000 to 2008, and will return in 2018.

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Zurawik: Fox delivers good pictures, bad analysis in Ravens' loss

Analyst Ronde Barber drove me crazy during the Fox telecast of the Ravens’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Both what he did and didn’t do were maddening — particularly in the first half.

For openers, he failed to develop a natural story line that would have had real resonance for Baltimore fans: the fact that two of the Bears defensive backs were from Baltimore high schools.

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WEAA goes back to its educational roots amid major change, controversy

Change is almost never easy at a public radio station.

Remember the protests in front of WYPR on Charles Street when Marc Steiner was fired in 2008? Or, how about the controversy and board member resignations following the ouster of Stephen Yasko as general manager at WTMD in 2015?

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Gumbel, Green and CBS almost got it right with Ravens

At the end of the first half, I was ready to write my first mostly favorable review of a CBS telecast featuring Greg Gumbel and Trent Green.

Gumbel was far more energized and focused than I can remember him being. And while Green had to be prompted a couple of times by Gumbel to take viewers inside the action, the former quarterback offered solid analysis when given the prompts.

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