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Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Hillary Clinton survives her SNL visit mostly unscathed

If you start from the premise that Hillary Clinton had no choice but to be on “Saturday Night Live” and try to look like she is on the inside of Kate McKinnon’s brilliant impersonation of her, then the candidate’s appearance was a success.

But believe me, anything that worked in the sketch was all McKinnon’s doing.

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TV wrestles with a taboo term

From an elementary school student on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," to Whoopi Goldberg on "The View," the n-word has been getting a workout on TV this fall. And there's more prime-time use of it to come in the weeks ahead on sitcoms like the new NBC entry "Truth Be Told," debuting Oct. 16.

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Strong CBS telecast of Ravens win marred by Simms call in overtime

I have seen analysts reverse themselves plenty of times. But never in quite as confusing a fashion as Phil Simms seemed to do in overtime Thursday night in the Ravens' 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was 9:55 left in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in position to try a 50-yard field goal to win the game.

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'Serial' optioned for TV by Fox production company

Fox 21 Television Studios, a Fox-owned production company, has optioned "Serial" for a possible TV series, according to Deadline.

The TV production would offer a backstage look at the making of a podcast.

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Trevor Noah has energy and charm, but what about political chops, interviewing skills?

Let’s be honest, what can you really tell from 30 minutes of a first show, especially when it seems like a quarter of it is filled with ads for movies?

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Play-by-play saves the day for CBS in lackluster telecast of Ravens loss

Play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon saved the day for CBS Sports on Sunday in its telecast of the Ravens’ 28-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The production team started the telecast in sleep mode, failing to deliver replays on three of the first four penalties of the game.

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