Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99
Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Neve Campbell joining cast of 'House of Cards'

"House of Cards" is adding some starpower for Season 4 with Neve Campbell ("Party of Five") joining the cast as a regular.

The series, which has resumed filming here this month for a February drop on Netflix, ended Season 3 with Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) leaving Frank (Kevin Spacey) with an election looming. Both Spacey and Wright will return for Season 4.

Neither Netflix nor the producers are...

Read more
How clean is the cut NBC made in its ties with Trump?

NBC is getting some good high-road headlines today for finally cutting ties with presidential candidate Donald Trump over his ignorant comments about immigrants.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship...

Read more
Nina Simone documentary shows how Netflix outshines HBO this summer

Last month in a piece that looked at how streaming was the way to go for the best in summertime TV, I highlighted a Netflix documentary on singer, pianist and civil rights pioneer Nina Simone.

With so much media to cover, I rarely go back and write about a piece a second time. But Netflix made "What Happened, Miss Simone?" available June 26, and I went back and watched it again this weekend. And I...

Read more
'Growing Up Trans,' going beyond Caitlyn Jenner

Transgender children and their parents face unprecedented medical choices these days. "Puberty-blocking" drugs can stave off biological changes. Hormones — either estrogen or testosterone — can help patients acquire the characteristics of the gender they identify with.

But how is a child entering puberty — or the parents for that matter — supposed to make an informed decision about taking such drugs,...

Read more
What I really think about MSNBC and Brian Williams
Brian Williams and the tortured moral reasoning of NBC

It seems like I have been talking about the sins of Brian Williams for months and months.

Oh, yeah, I have.

Here's a conversation I had this morning with Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" in which I talked about the "tortured moral reasoning" that NBC used in saying Williams wasn't worthy to be on NBC News, but he was OK for MSNBC as its new anchor on breaking news.

The screwy reasoning continued with...

Read more