Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
'First Edition' host Sean Yoes resigns at WEAA-FM

“First Edition” host Sean Yoes resigned from Morgan State University radio station WEAA-FM at the end of his show Friday night.

Both Yoes and DeWayne Wickham, dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State, confirmed Saturday that the talk show host was no longer with the campus radio station. But they disagreed on the reasons for Yoes’ departure.

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Zurawik: Bill O'Reilly plays to thousands of empty seats in Baltimore

Bill O’Reilly’s “The Spin Stops Here” tour stopped in Baltimore on Friday, and the former Fox News host played to thousands of empty seats at Royal Farms Arena.

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Less slugging, more hugging: Megyn Kelly shifts focus with NBC morning show

Talk about rebranding. Megyn Kelly, who spent most of the last two years at Ground Zero of the culture wars, says she’s ready to move on to new topics on television.

“I don’t want to do politics,” the former Fox News star said a telephone interview.

“I’m done talking about Trump and [Mitch] McConnell and Paul Ryan and Chuck Schumer every night,” she said of the president and three congressional leaders.

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HBO renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Season 2

HBO announced Tuesday that it is picking up David Simon’s drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

The eight-episode first season premiered Sept. 10 on the premium channel. The series looks at the rise of the porn industry in Times Square in the 1970s, and stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was created by Simon, the Baltimore writer behind shows such as “The Wire,” and George Pelecanos.

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Lofton's stellar analysis highlights CBS coverage of Ravens victory

CBS Sports analyst James Lofton won me over with 8:29 left in the 4th quarter.

The Ravens were ahead 24-10, and they had just completed a running play trying to eat up some clock. It was a nothing play that lost 2 yards.

This is the kind of situation where a lot of former players go to sleep in the booth or start to get punchy and say really stupid stuff.

Not Lofton, who was sharp all day.

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Hillary Clinton's book shows she's a better media critic than media candidate

Normally, I hate it when politicians play media critics.

Whether it is Barack Obama talking about the press as a pack of fools distracted by the “bright, shiny object” or Donald Trump calling anyone who disagrees with him a purveyor of “fake news,” such critiques are often misinformed and almost always self-serving.

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