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Story of Muscle Shoals: A passionate mix of music, race and pop culture magic

Story of Muscle Shoals: A passionate mix of music, race and pop culture magic

If you want to see a documentary made with passion and guaranteed to rock your soul at least two or three times before the final credits roll, don’t miss “Muscle Shoals” at 9 tonight on WETA-TV (Channel 22), Washington’s PBS...

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'Fox & Friends' mistreats Elijah Cummings on IRS emails story

'Fox & Friends' mistreats Elijah Cummings on IRS emails story

As I watched Tuesday while the anchors on “Fox & Friends” leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts, I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in...

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See Josh Charles, Amy Schumer in a Comedy Central spoof of Aaron Sorkin

See Josh Charles, Amy Schumer in a Comedy Central spoof of Aaron Sorkin

In my April 1st preview of Amy Schumer's second season, I wrote about a sketch she does with Josh Charles spoofing Aaron Sorkin's TV style.

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Elijah Cummings under increasing fire from conservative media on IRS role

Elijah Cummings under increasing fire from conservative media on IRS role

Fox News has a new punching bag this week: Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings.

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Don Scott leaving WJZ-TV in July

Don Scott leaving WJZ-TV in July

Don Scott announced that he's retiring from WJZ-TV July 12.

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Be careful, or you'll find yourself adrift in 'Fargo'

Be careful, or you'll find yourself adrift in 'Fargo'

 

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The end begins for 'Mad Men'

The end begins for 'Mad Men'

I have a feeling "Mad Men" is not going to end so happily for some of its fans.

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Ed Kiernan stepping down as head of WBAL/WIYY radio

Ed Kiernan stepping down as head of WBAL/WIYY radio

After 45 years in the radio business, Ed Kiernan Friday told the staff at WBAL that he will be retiring this summer as vice president and general manager of radio stations WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM.

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5 things to know about 'House of Cards,' Md. legislators and moving out of state

5 things to know about 'House of Cards,' Md. legislators and moving out of state

In almost four decades of covering TV production, I have never seen such spin as that recently generated over "House of Cards."

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'Veep' hits a higher gear this year

'Veep' hits a higher gear this year

Standing in a pile of construction rubble on a cold and dirty location set at the Lord Baltimore Hotel here in January, I didn’t know what to expect from Season 3 of HBO's "Veep."

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David Letterman says he will retire at end of 2015

David Letterman says he will retire at end of 2015

The changing of the guard in latenight TV continues with David Letterman today telling a studio audience that he plans to retire at the end of 2015 after what will be 22 years on CBS.

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'The Americans' exhibit opens at spy museum in D.C.

'The Americans' exhibit opens at spy museum in D.C.

An exhibit on "The Americans," an FX series starring Keri Russell as a Soviet spy living in 1980s America, opened at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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'House of Cards' wins Peabody Award

'House of Cards' wins Peabody Award

Maryland-made "House of Cards" was one of several entertainment series to win a Peabody Award Wednesday. 

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'Inside Amy Schumer' returns in fine form tonight on Comedy Central

'Inside Amy Schumer' returns in fine form tonight on Comedy Central

"Inside Amy Schumer," one of the few comedy hits on network or cable TV last year, returns tonight for a second season as full of its sexual self and as aggressively funny as ever.

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'Good Wife' does fine job in dealing with aftermath of Will's death

'Good Wife' does fine job in dealing with aftermath of Will's death

I watched "The Good Wife" tonight because Josh Charles told me in an interview last week how moving he found his last moments on-camera as Will Gardner to be.

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Josh Charles on why you should watch tonight's 'Good Wife'

Josh Charles on why you should watch tonight's 'Good Wife'

Fans looking for closure on the shocking death of Will Gardner on last week's "The Good Wife," can find some tonight on the CBS series, according to Josh Charles who played the chracter so winningly the last five years.

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On TV, the spies have it

On TV, the spies have it

Spies, sex, drugs and a beaming Ronald Reagan.

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Josh Charles tells The Sun: 'I didn't know it would be this intense'

Josh Charles tells The Sun: 'I didn't know it would be this intense'

"It's crazy," Josh Charles said in a telephone interview with The Sun late Monday night. "I didn't know it would be this intense -- the kindness and emotion of the emails, the tweets and the texts. It's like you get to watch your life after you're dead. It's bittersweet, but it's really, really special."

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Josh Charles explains 'Good Wife' shocker to Letterman

Josh Charles explains 'Good Wife' shocker to Letterman

Here's a first look at Josh Charles talking to David Letterman about the death of his character, Will Gardner, on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' surprise earns its 'shocker' label

'The Good Wife' surprise earns its 'shocker' label

"The Good Wife" delivered a genuine jolt in Sunday's episode.

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Lawmakers invited to hang with Kevin Spacey

Lawmakers invited to hang with Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey, the star of the hit TV show "House of Cards," will visit Annapolis to schmooze with legislators Friday night as they weigh the fate of a film tax credit that has contributed millions to the show during its two years of production in Maryland.

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Radio personality Maria Dennis diagnosed with leukemia

Radio personality Maria Dennis diagnosed with leukemia

Radio personality Maria Dennis announced on the air Thursday morning that she has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

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Taliban documentary shows value of Al Jazeera America

Taliban documentary shows value of Al Jazeera America

Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days.

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WBAL apologizes for reporting on Columbia Mall shooting

WBAL apologizes for reporting on Columbia Mall shooting

In the wake of Howard County Police saying definitively Wednesday that there was no "domestic" motive for the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead, WBAL apologized for its reporting on the story.

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'Trip to Bountiful' small moment of redemption for Lifetime

'Trip to Bountiful' small moment of redemption for Lifetime

I stopped paying much attention to Lifetime after the cable channel branded itself “Television for Women” in the 1990s and started offering exploitative made-for-TV movies like the 1997 production of “My Stepson, My Lover” with Rachel Ward.

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Ben Carson doubles down on gay marriage, Obamacare at CPAC

Ben Carson doubles down on gay marriage, Obamacare at CPAC

With signs in the hall saying “Carson 2016” and “Run Ben, Run,” Dr. Ben Carson doubled down on some of his most controversial statements in a speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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CNN 'Chicagoland' documentary finishes last in overall audience

CNN 'Chicagoland' documentary finishes last in overall audience

CNN's pivot to less news-talk and more documentary series in prime time got off to a mixed start with the debut of "Chicagoland" Thursday night.

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CNN launches documentary series 'Chicagoland' tonight

CNN launches documentary series 'Chicagoland' tonight

CNN's heavily-promoted prime-time documentary series "Chicagoland" launches tonight at 10.

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Tweet with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Thursday

Tweet with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Thursday

The cast and crew from "House of Cards" are going to be on Twitter talking to fans starting at 1 p.m (ET) Thursday.

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David Simon says he will work on Martin Luther King miniseries for HBO

David Simon says he will work on Martin Luther King miniseries for HBO

HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch.

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WNEW: A new all-news radio station for Baltimore - sort of

WNEW: A new all-news radio station for Baltimore - sort of

Baltimore is going to have a new all-news radio station. Or part of one, anyway.

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Will Team Obama ever stop trying to intimidate the press?

Will Team Obama ever stop trying to intimidate the press?

 

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'Today' show wants to help Baltimore get healthier

'Today' show wants to help Baltimore get healthier

NBC's "Today" show and Baltimore officials launched a year-long campaign Sunday to help improve the health and fitness of city residents.

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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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