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HBO picks up six-hour miniseries on race from David Simon

HBO picks up six-hour miniseries on race from David Simon

The long relationship between HBO and David Simon will continue with the Baltimore filmmaker co-writing and producing "Show Me a Hero," a six-hour miniseries, for the premium cable channel.

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Events in Gaza bring new urgency to 'The Honorable Woman'

Events in Gaza bring new urgency to 'The Honorable Woman' 

I can't remember the last time real-life events recontextualized a work of fiction for me the way Israel's incursion into Gaza has done with "The Honorable Woman" this month.

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Frontline's 'Losing Iraq' a winning look at a U.S. disaster that lives on

Frontline's 'Losing Iraq' a winning look at a U.S. disaster that lives on 

If you want to understand the chaos that is now Iraq with ISIS on the rise and almost everything America thought it had built crashing down, don't miss Frontline's "Losing Iraq" at  10 tomorrow night on PBS.

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Comedy Central renews 'Drunk History' for third season

Comedy Central renews 'Drunk History' for third season

Comedy Central today renewed "Drunk History" for a third season.

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Gripping, heartrending Gaza images lead to shift in PR war

Gripping, heartrending Gaza images lead to shift in PR war 

The metaphoric phrase, “Don’t shoot the messenger,” took on a real and chilling meaning last week when high-caliber bullets were fired into the Al Jazeera offices in Gaza City.

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Gaza coverage: Al Jazeera America reports 30 percent surge in viewing

Gaza coverage: Al Jazeera America reports 30 percent surge in viewing

The audience for Al Jazeera America is up 30 percent overall the last two weeks during the Gaza conflict, the channel says.

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'House of Cards' back in house of 'Sun' on Calvert Street

'House of Cards' back in house of 'Sun' on Calvert Street 

"House of Cards," the Netflix drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, has been back in Maryland for several weeks, but today the production returned to The Baltimore Sun where it has filmed the last two years.

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Martin O'Malley and David Simon together on a train. Really.

Martin O'Malley and David Simon together on a train. Really.

As one of the journalists who chronicled Martin O'Malley's enmity for "The Wire" and reported David Simon's threats to move production of the series out of Baltimore, it was with some interest that I read Simon's account of a beer the two recently shared on an Acela train to Baltimore.

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Baltimore featured in this week's 'Drunk History' on Comedy Central

Baltimore featured in this week's 'Drunk History' on Comedy Central 

Baltimore is featured on the July 22 episode of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, with Lutherville native Derek Waters and company re-enacting stories from the lives of  Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln.

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NBC News praises Ayman Mohyeldin as it sends him back to Gaza

NBC News praises Ayman Mohyeldin as it sends him back to Gaza 

NBC News is sending correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza this weekend, it said in a statement Friday night.

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A summer of lead in this so-called golden age of television

A summer of lead in this so-called golden age of television 

We are supposed to be living in a new golden age of television. But you would never know that from the new series this summer.

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Waiting, waiting, waiting for NBC News to explain pulling Mohyeldin from Gaza

Waiting, waiting, waiting for NBC News to explain pulling Mohyeldin from Gaza 

I can't wait to hear the full explanation from NBC as to why it pulled correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza on the eve of the Israeli invasion today.

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TV talk missing 1980 Cuban context for Texas border crisis

TV talk missing 1980 Cuban context for Texas border crisis

I can't believe how much talk about the Texas border crisis I've heard on cable news the last two weeks without any mention of the Mariel boatlift of 1980.

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Yankees-O's game draws 1.5 percent national audience, 8.3 percent in Baltimore

Yankees-O's game draws 1.5 percent national audience, 8.3 percent in Baltimore

The Yankees-O's game on ESPN Sunday night was watched in 1.5 percent of American homes, and 8.3 percent of households in the Baltimore market, according to overnight ratings provided by the sports cable channel.

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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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Video: Talking about Diane Sawyer and the shrinking network anchors

Video: Talking about Diane Sawyer and the shrinking network anchors

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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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CNN 'documentary' on George H.W. Bush paid for by Bush Library Foundation

CNN 'documentary' on George H.W. Bush paid for by Bush Library Foundation

I am not looking to make a big deal out of this, but I thought at least one mainstream media critic ought to point out that CNN plans to air what it's calling a "documentary" about George H.W. Bush Sunday night in prime time, starting at 9.

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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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MPT debate shows why Brown avoids television

MPT debate shows why Brown avoids television

Last week, I thought Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was the loser among Democratic candidates for not showing up at WBFF’s TV debate.

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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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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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