| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:25 AM
They might be a little snooty, but it would be hard to find a family more welcome in these parts than the Crawleys of “Downton Abbey” — at least in Owings Mills, home of Maryland Public Television.
Just as “American Idol” in...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Southern High School student Zoe Kasprzyk describes herself as shy and quiet.
Though the 17-year-old senior has held several leadership positions in school organizations such as in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Arts Honor Society, she...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation.
Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs...
| Aug 22, 2013
PBS, a recipient of federal funds through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is required to sustain "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature." In addition, according to the PBS...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 6:49 AM
This is a column I have put off for weeks, because it makes me sad to write it. And ultimately, it begs an answer, which I am not sure I have.
But with the year ending, I can no longer avoid it. After decades of writing about television and media, this...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 10:15 PM
The heart of Al Jazeera America’s prime-time lineup is an attractive one if you are looking for news, context and a fresh visual perspective on U.S. and world events.
At least that’s the way it looked premiere night Tuesday as the Qatar-...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:43 AM
When the Maryland workers building the sets for "House of Cards" started sawing and hammering the offices and homes of characters like Francis and Claire Underwood 20 months ago in Harford County, most of them were thinking only of earning a steady...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Catonsville native Dennis Towns left his home state last week to spend three months in New York City working as a sound mixer on the new Cinemax cable television network series, "The Knick."
The show, directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh,...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:52 PM
If the falling leaves, shorter days and the return of traffic jams on the JFX have you pining for those lost, carefree days of summer, we commiserate — especially after we tried to drown our end-of-summer blues in a sunny strawberries-and-creme...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:43 PM
For years, R. Todd Stevens drove by the old Crownsville Hospital Center and wondered about the closed psychiatric facility.
The hospital shut down in 2004, two years before Stevens moved just a couple miles down the road. He was surprised to learn the...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:08 AM
These are hard times for PBS. Vast changes in technology and lifestyle, coupled with withering economic forces and timid leadership, threaten the existence of public television as we’ve known it for the past 43 years.
So on the rare occasions these...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Eight years ago this month, I did an interview with then anchor Jim Lehrer in connection with the 30th anniversary of the "PBS NewsHour."
It was a laudatory piece, as I had long shared Lehrer's values about journalism and democracy.
With "NewsHour" in...