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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
As first Gray trial begins, media must step up

The start of jury selection in the first Freddie Gray trial will bring a big media presence to town Monday — and major challenges for the journalists trying to cover it.

The courthouse logistics are tough enough. There will be no cameras in the courtroom, and all electronic devices must be turned off in both the courtroom and an overflow room where reporters will watch a closed-circuit feed.

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Rabia Chaudry writing book on 'Serial's' Adnan Syed

Rabia Chaudry, the friend and advocate for Adnan Syed who brought his story to the attention of public radio's Sarah Koenig, is writing a book about his case.

Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of Woodlawn High School senior Hae Min Lee, his former girlfriend, has been imprisoned in Maryland ever since.

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Fox telecast not quite as sloppy as play on the field in Ravens' victory

The telecast of the game wasn’t as sloppy as the play on the field in the Ravens' 16-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. But it wasn’t all that much better either.

It was refreshing to get a Fox telecast instead of CBS if no other reason than seeing endless promotional messages for primetime series other than “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

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On TV, Thanksgiving redefined with killing, theft, grave-robbing

In case this part of the story was missing from your child's grade-school Thanksgiving pageant, TV is here to tell us this holiday week that the Pilgrims were a bunch of grave-robbing, food-stealing killers who lured a Native American leader to what he thought was a meal of peace, only to cut off his head and stick it on a pole.

Yeah, just like "Game of Thrones."

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Alicia Keys' Baltimore visit featured in A&E special on race tonight

The A&E networks are devoting three hours of prime time tonight to a concert and conversation about race. It's a conversation in which Baltimore plays a prominent role as a result of the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.

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CBS telecast team does better than Ravens or Jaguars

“All you can say is, 'Wow, are you kidding me?' ’’

That was the analysis from Solomon Wilcots after a 53-yard field goal with no time left lifted the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 22-20 victory over the hapless Baltimore Ravens.

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