| Nov 23, 2013
The performing arts scene is revved up for another holiday season.
In addition to the usual flurry of such perennial favorites as Handel's "Messiah" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," this year's lineup gains fresh spice from several new-to-Baltimore...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:35 PM
“PBS NewsHour,” once one of the nation’s most influential broadcasts, is on the brink of marginalization — if not extinction.
And for those of us who believe TV needs at least one noncommercial, nightly, national newscast in...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:52 PM
One of the shortest and most meaningless suspensions in TV history ended Friday with A&E announcing that it was back in business with "Duck Dynasty" and its 67-year-old, bearded patriarch Phil Robertson.
The announcement was a total cave-in by a cable...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 10:56 AM
The most important TV moment of 2013 didn’t even happen on television.
It came on Feb. 1 when Netflix made all 13 episodes of season one of “House of Cards” available online for its subscribers.
Social media and the Internet lit up the...
| 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...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:27 PM
Two watermen were fined nearly $1,500 for oyster poaching on the Eastern Shore, the first conviction stemming from a network of radar and cameras the state launched in 2010 to detect illegal seafood harvesting.
Brothers William and Irving Catlin, both of...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:14 PM
I have heard the requests for more fields and more space for athletics many times during my time here in Howard County. To that end, the county has obliged time and time again. Sometimes they've provided even more space than I thought necessary.
| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:35 PM
By now you probably know that comedian Sid Caesar died today at the age of 91.
But judging by the paper-thin pieces I have been seeing on the web this afternoon, I am guessing many readers might not understand how seminal he was to the history of...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 5:26 AM
There’s a scene near the end of one of the first episodes of the new season of “House of Cards” that features Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood late at night sharing a smoke at an open window of their Washington...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:25 AM
Since screening the Season 2 premiere of “House of Cards” almost two weeks ago, I have been dying to talk about a showstopper of a moment in it.
But even though Netflix made all 13 episodes of the second season available to the public Friday,...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 12:52 PM
"Exile. I've managed to isolate the president from everyone, including myself." -- Frank Underwood
Special Prosecutor Dunbar visits with Dr. Larkin, the reverend who served as the Walker's marriage counselor, and threatens him with a subpoena, but the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 6:45 AM
I read commentator Anis Shivani's critique of the American version of "House of Cards" before I started watching the second season. A after watching the first episode of Season 2, it reinforced my opinion that this TV series captures the American...