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Emmy nominees stand tall, but NBC sells telecast short

Emmy nominees stand tall, but NBC sells telecast short

It’s time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry.

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This video with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will make your day

This video with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will make your day

It's sponsored by Audi and its intended to promote the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on Monday.

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When the Ferguson protests look like Intifada in Middle East

When the Ferguson protests look like Intifada in Middle East 

The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo.,...

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Were media out of control in Robin Williams coverage?

Were media out of control in Robin Williams coverage? 

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Baltimore's Lorenzo Millan wins Emmy for work on 'House of Cards'

Baltimore's Lorenzo Millan wins Emmy for work on 'House of Cards'

Lorenzo Millan was among the winners Saturday night as the Emmy Awards for Creative Arts were handed out in Los Angeles.

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Want 'Poirot,' 'Happy Valley'? Don't look to PBS

Want 'Poirot,' 'Happy Valley'? Don't look to PBS 

One of the biggest events of the TV year and one of the finest new series of the summer arrive on the small screen the next two weeks.

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Robin Williams on NBC's 'Homicide' -- Here's my 1994 Sun review

Robin Williams on NBC's 'Homicide' -- Here's my 1994 Sun review 

In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here.)

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Appreciation: Robin Williams elevated TV with his manic, soaring energy and fearless improv

Appreciation: Robin Williams elevated TV with his manic, soaring energy and fearless improv 

Robin Williams was one of the most original, daring and troubled comedians to ever work in television. When he first burst on the screen, you held your breath as you watched him dance out there on a manic tightrope of improvisation. But after a while, you stopped wondering how he did it and learned to just enjoy the high of seeing him soar.

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Meet four from Maryland making 'House of Cards,' 'Veep' come to life

Meet four from Maryland making 'House of Cards,' 'Veep' come to life 

When Emmy Award nominations were announced last month, two Maryland-made series were front and center in the news.

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Sean Hannity on Israel: A barometer on how silly, lost and shameless cable 'news' has become

Sean Hannity on Israel: A barometer on how silly, lost and shameless cable 'news' has become

I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey and the art of taking risks

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey and the art of taking risks 

I love the Entertainment Weekly covers this week that show Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the shoes, shirt, blouse and suits of each other's presidential character.

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Ben Carson getting the 'good' Fox News push for president

Ben Carson getting the 'good' Fox News push for president 

 

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Wendell Pierce on 'Ray Donovan,' Jon Voight and his 'personal trifecta'

Wendell Pierce on 'Ray Donovan,' Jon Voight and his 'personal trifecta' 

There was Wendell Pierce last Sunday night, sitting at a bar, pounding down drink after drink and getting kind of emotional as he talked about how messed up things had gotten in his life.

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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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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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