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ESPN stumbles in rollout of Rice probe, but report could be bad news for Ravens

ESPN stumbles in rollout of Rice probe, but report could be bad news for Ravens 

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'Madam Secretary' channels Frank Capra, not Frank Underwood

'Madam Secretary' channels Frank Capra, not Frank Underwood

The new fall network TV season begins this week, and one of the most highly touted dramas of the year is one of the biggest disappointments.

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Orioles nearly double normal TV audience for Tuesday's game

Orioles nearly double normal TV audience for Tuesday's game

The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season, according to figures provided by the channel.

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Sunday morning TV talk on how media failed in Ray Rice story [Video]

Sunday morning TV talk on how media failed in Ray Rice story [Video]

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PBS makes great television out of Baltimore's 'Star-Spangled' concert

PBS makes great television out of Baltimore's 'Star-Spangled' concert 

"Great Performances," the PBS showcase of American performing arts, came to town for the Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six Saturday night and showed how to make great, live television.

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If not for TMZ, Ray Rice would be a Raven today

If not for TMZ, Ray Rice would be a Raven today 

If not for TMZ, Ray Rice would still be a Raven today and back in the National Football League, having served his joke of a two-game suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell.

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[UPDATE] CBS 'Thursday Night Football' draws 20.8 million in premiere

[UPDATE] CBS 'Thursday Night Football' draws 20.8 million in premiere

[UPDATE] The premiere of CBS "Thursday Night Football" drew an average audience 20.8 million viewers making it the second highest rated show on TV behind only NBC's "Sunday Night Football."

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CBS makes a bold, winning call in 'Thursday Night Football' premiere

CBS makes a bold, winning call in 'Thursday Night Football' premiere 

The premiere of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS was a winner in my book before a second of the game between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers was played at M&T Bank Stadium.

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CBS pulls Rihanna opening song from Ravens telecast

CBS pulls Rihanna opening song from Ravens telecast 

In reaction to fallout from the Ray Rice video posted Monday on TMZ, CBS Sports has pulled its scheduled opening song by Rihanna from tonight's premiere of "Thursday Night Football" featuring the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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'Thursday Night Football' launch a huge endeavor for CBS

'Thursday Night Football' launch a huge endeavor for CBS 

The biggest story of the fall TV season begins tonight in Baltimore with the debut of "Thursday Night Football" on CBS.

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TMZ says Ray Rice video 'one of biggest stories' it has ever done

TMZ says Ray Rice video 'one of biggest stories' it has ever done 

Calling the Ray Rice video that broke Monday on TMZ "one of the biggest stories" it has ever done in terms of traffic, a website executive said today there are more revelations to come.

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Ray Rice TMZ video shows the enduring power of the image

Ray Rice TMZ video shows the enduring power of the image 

For all the revolutionary technological change rocking media these days, the TMZ video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator is a stark reminder of the enduring and awesome power of the image.

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God bless TMZ again for exposing NFL, Ravens, sports media hypocrisy on Ray Rice story

God bless TMZ again for exposing NFL, Ravens, sports media hypocrisy on Ray Rice story 

When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ."

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Starting with 'NFL Today,' CBS did a lot better than the Ravens on Sunday

Starting with 'NFL Today,' CBS did a lot better than the Ravens on Sunday 

I have to admit I was not overjoyed at the thought of spending the Ravens’ season opener with the fourth-string CBS broadcasting team of Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots.

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Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation]

Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation] 

I hope those who know Joan Rivers only from her work the last couple of decades on shows like “Fashion Police” will take the time to read some of the appreciations that talk about who she used to be.

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Big changes in store for CBS' NFL coverage this season

Big changes in store for CBS' NFL coverage this season 

Far and away, the biggest story in NFL television coverage this fall is the arrival of "Thursday Night Football" to the CBS prime-time schedule Sept. 11 with a matchup between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Why public hates the media, a Sunday-morning TV conversation [Video]

Why public hates the media, a Sunday-morning TV conversation [Video] 

I love Sunday morning public affairs TV, and I had a chance today to be part of an animated discussion about why the public hates the press.

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 'Drugs, Inc.' look at heroin in Baltimore substitutes reality TV for documentary filmmaking

'Drugs, Inc.' look at heroin in Baltimore substitutes reality TV for documentary filmmaking 

I took a deep dive last week into Baltimore’s drug scene. And when I finally came up for air, I had a newfound clarity on the city’s troubled TV image and the line between responsible documentary filmmaking and exploitative reality television.

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Chelsea Clinton declares victory and moves on from TV embarrassment at NBC

Chelsea Clinton declares victory and moves on from TV embarrassment at NBC 

After playing at being a TV correspondent and doing some of the worst on-air network reporting I have seen in 30 years of writing about media, Chelsea Clinton is declaring victory and moving on, she told People magazine.

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Zurawik and L.A. Times reporters recap the Emmys

Zurawik and L.A. Times reporters recap the Emmys

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Final act of Emmy dominance by 'Breaking Bad' a landmark achievement

Final act of Emmy dominance by 'Breaking Bad' a landmark achievement 

I love "Breaking Bad," and even I didn't think it would win as big as it did Monday night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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National Geographic depicts Baltimore as 'heroin capital of America'

National Geographic depicts Baltimore as 'heroin capital of America' 

If you thought 'The Wire' made Baltimore look bleak ...

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WNST axes 5 including GM, producer, 2 on-air hosts

WNST axes 5 including GM, producer, 2 on-air hosts

Radio station WNST Friday laid off five employees including the general manager, a show producer and two on-airs hosts.

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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., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result.

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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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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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