| Aug 20, 2014
| 9:27 AM
If you're a fan of awards shows, drinking isn't required to get through the three-hour self-celebration that is the Emmy Awards. But it sure makes it more fun.
And if you're either not a big awards show person (or perhaps forced to watch for some...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 2:05 PM
All it takes is a little swine emergency for Mary to claim herself a third suitor.
It's about a year after Matthew's death, and, yeah, it's a bit jarring to see Mary pursued by three men so soon. But it's also a bit fun. Well, Lord Gillingham is fun....
| 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...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:04 PM
The biggest winner Sunday at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards had to be Showtime’s “Homeland,” which took the top three drama awards in an upset over such favorites as “Mad Men” and Downton Abbey.” But Baltimore-based...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Those who have grown up with Harry Potter will appreciate the level of maturity displayed by the young adult wizard and his pals in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." This emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series ensures that the...
| Sep 18, 2011
| 5:34 PM
"TV is a vast wonderland. There's no place like TV. Except for HBO, it's not TV."
That was the opening lyric sung by Jane Lynch, and it left me ice cold. It didn't work as a show tune, and it failed worse in its attempt to cut it as both salute and...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Begging your pardons, sirs and madams, the cast members of "Downton Abbey" isn't letting that anachronistic water bottle in their Season 5 publicity photo get them down. Instead, they're using it to promote a good cause.
"The cast of #Downton embraced...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 2:30 PM
PBS has released the first cast photos for "Downton Abbey" season 5, including stills of the new actors chosen to play Sybbie Branson (Fifi Hart) and George Crawley (Oliver and Zac Barker), who have been aged up a couple of years for the new episodes....
| Jul 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Robert Altman would be proud. His signature ensemble filmmaking style has become the norm rather than the exception in dramatic series. However magnetic the leads, they're invariably surrounded by distinctive character players who get multiple chances...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"Downton Abbey" merits its best drama nom this year. Despite two previous nominations, the PBS period piece that broke the "Upstairs, Downstairs" mold has never won the Emmy in that competitive category. Season after season it compels: a combination of...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Time is ticking. Summer will be gone before you know it, and with it many of those moments you thought you would remember all of your life, vanished by Columbus Day, replaced with a reel of different memories that will probably seem trivial. That's how...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The Toronto Film Festival has announced more than 40 titles -- a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international arthouse fare -- screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington's "The...