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Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
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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Inside the rise and fall (and rise) of a Baltimore tourism campaign

Mike Rowe describes his CNN series, "Somebody's Gotta Do It," as "a light-hearted show on a serious network."

But this season, which starts at 10 p.m. Sunday, he's going to take on a very serious topic: Baltimore's media image following the violence in April after the death of Freddie Gray.

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