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Video: Don Scott's final and emotional farewell on WJZ after 40 years

Video: Don Scott's final and emotional farewell on WJZ after 40 years

After 40 years at WJZ, Don Scott said a final and emotional farewell to viewers this morning.

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Netflix rising to TV top with Emmy nominations for 'Cards,' 'Orange'

Netflix rising to TV top with Emmy nominations for 'Cards,' 'Orange'

All kinds of impressive numbers were flying around last week in the wake of Emmy nominees being announced. HBO ran up an industry-leading 99 nominations overall with 19 for its gory and glorious “Game of Thrones” alone.

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'House of Cards,' 'Veep,' 'Treme,' Josh Charles earn major Emmy nominations

'House of Cards,' 'Veep,' 'Treme,' Josh Charles earn major Emmy nominations

There was a strong Baltimore flavor to the nominations for the 2014 Emmys announced today.

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Don Scott on saying goodbye to TV after 40 years and 4 days at WJZ

Don Scott on saying goodbye to TV after 40 years and 4 days at WJZ

Don Scott will sign off for the last time Friday morning at WJZ-TV after 40 years at the station.

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Al Jazeera America excels in covering killings of Middle East teens

Al Jazeera America excels in covering killings of Middle East teens

The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region.

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Valerie Jarrett interview shows how low 'Meet the Press' has sunk

Valerie Jarrett interview shows how low 'Meet the Press' has sunk

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Video: Talking about Diane Sawyer and the shrinking network anchors

Video: Talking about Diane Sawyer and the shrinking network anchors

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'

A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'

If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters.

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ABC News shuffle: Sawyer moves out, Muir moves into 'World News' job

ABC News shuffle: Sawyer moves out, Muir moves into 'World News' job

It used to be that change at a network anchor desk was huge news.

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Twitter swamps TV in covering early returns

Twitter swamps TV in covering early returns

If you wanted any real sense of what was going on in the first hour after primary election polls closed Tuesday night, you had to go online or, better yet, plug into Twitter, because TV didn't seem to be trying hard at all.

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City's cable-access relaunches with HGTV-style fare, increased budget

City's cable-access relaunches with HGTV-style fare, increased budget

On Wednesday, Baltimore will relaunch its publicly owned TV station, shifting its focus from broadcasts of government meetings to CharmTV, a showcase for city restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods. City leaders see an opportunity to counteract negative perceptions of Baltimore, but with the change come questions about significantly increased spending on an untested business model — without benefit of data to show how many people watch the station.

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Sex abuse lawsuit against Dundalk man who voiced Elmo is dismissed

Sex abuse lawsuit against Dundalk man who voiced Elmo is dismissed

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer known for his work as the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of child sexual abuse.

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Gay marriage documentaries writing instant history

Gay marriage documentaries writing instant history

It took decades before serious documentaries about the civil rights struggle of the 1960s began to appear.

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Why Machado's apologies could be seen only on Orioles-owned MASN

Why Machado's apologies could be seen only on Orioles-owned MASN

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ESPN gives college baseball junkies all we could want

ESPN gives college baseball junkies all we could want

I am a college baseball junkie, and ESPN has given me all the coverage I can handle and then some the last three weeks.

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Seth Meyers on best SNL memories and making it in latenight

Seth Meyers on best SNL memories and making it in latenight

The conventional wisdom says everything on network TV is in decline.

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Hearst names new GM for WBAL-WIYY radio

Hearst names new GM for WBAL-WIYY radio

Cary L. Pahigian has been named to succeed Ed Kiernan as general manager of radio stations WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM.

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10 Baltimore shows and stories to look for on TV this summer

10 Baltimore shows and stories to look for on TV this summer

From Rep. Elijah E. Cummings playing a leading role in televised hearings on American deaths in Benghazi, to the Game Show Network visiting a Baltimore church to play matchmaker for a member of the congregation, there is going to be a distinct local flavor to summertime TV this year.

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Snowden interview best work by NBC, Brian Williams in a long time

Snowden interview best work by NBC, Brian Williams in a long time

NBC News and anchorman Brian Williams have not done journalistic work the quality of Wednesday night's exclusive interview with Edward Snowden in a long, long time.

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WBFF and Mizeur win, while Brown loses in TV debate

WBFF and Mizeur win, while Brown loses in TV debate

In TV terms, there were two winners and one clear loser in Tuesday's night gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV.

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CNN's VA scandal coverage reminder of what cable news can be

CNN's VA scandal coverage reminder of what cable news can be

It was almost like old times last week watching CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal story.

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Megan Pringle joins WBAL-TV morning team

Megan Pringle joins WBAL-TV morning team

[Update: Megan Pringle's first day at WBAL was June 16.]

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HBO's 'Normal Heart' is an extraordinary TV movie

HBO's 'Normal Heart' is an extraordinary TV movie

Larry Kramer adaptation among best in TV history on HIV/AIDS.

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UPDATE: PBS tells how NSA shredded our privacy and rights - Part 2 tonight

UPDATE: PBS tells how NSA shredded our privacy and rights - Part 2 tonight

UPDATE, 5/20: Part 2 of this landmark documentary airs tonight at 10 on MPT, and it is not to be missed.

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'House of Cards' looking for NSA director, senators, reporters

'House of Cards' looking for NSA director, senators, reporters

After a politically stormy off-season, the return of "House of Cards" to Maryland becomes a reality with casting call notices like this one going out.

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NBC Preakness ratings up 5 percent from last year

NBC Preakness ratings up 5 percent from last year

The national overnight ratings for NBC's Preakness coverage were up 5 percent over last year -- the best numbers since 2010.

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NBC Sports delivers again on Preakness coverage

NBC Sports delivers again on Preakness coverage

If one of the hallmarks of true greatness is consistency, NBC Sports is a truly great operation, because again, it came, it covered, it turned in another top-notch Preakness telecast.

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WBFF sets Democratic debate for May 27 with or without Brown

WBFF sets Democratic debate for May 27 with or without Brown

WBFF-TV, the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore, will host a Democratic gubernatorial debate May 27, the station said Friday.

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Surveillance images give unfiltered feel to WMAR standoff coverage

Surveillance images give unfiltered feel to WMAR standoff coverage

An emotionally disturbed man drives a landscaping truck into the lobby of Baltimore TV station WMAR around noon and then spends the afternoon inside the building watching other TV outlets covering his five-hour standoff with police.

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WMAR struggles to carry on programming while its building is locked down

WMAR struggles to carry on programming while its building is locked down

With its York Road building shut down tight after a man smashed his truck through the front door and apparently hid inside, officials at WMAR, Channel 2 scrambled Tuesday afternoon to keep their programming on air.

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'Coming Back' - At last, TV does right by veterans

'Coming Back' - At last, TV does right by veterans

If you want to feel good again about what’s possible for public television, don’t miss “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which airs Tuesday night on Maryland Public Television.

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David Gregory sharpens focus of Democratic debate

David Gregory sharpens focus of Democratic debate

Having an experienced TV moderator went a long way Wednesday night in making Maryland’s first debate among the Democratic candidates for governor a lively and occasionally illuminating hour of television.

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Domenica Davis returning to WBAL-TV

Domenica Davis returning to WBAL-TV

Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


David Zurawik has been The Baltimore Sun's TV critic since 1989. His writings on TV and media have appeared in such publications as Esquire magazine and American Journalism Review. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in specialized reporting (on popular culture) from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Jews of Prime Time (Brandeis University Press), a look at 50 years of Jewish characters and identity on network TV. He has also been with WYPR-FM (88.1) radio since 1994 and can be heard Thursday mornings at 7:30 doing a weekly "Take on Television" report.

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