| Apr 23, 2011
Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 2:14 PM
"Diner" has resonated with Baltimore-connected writers and moviemakers across the popular and literary spectrum. Here are some of their reactions to the movie's 30th anniversary.
The film "shined a light on a time in Baltimore that I was not that...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 4:00 AM
A moody tavern. An extraordinary cocktail. The easy lapping of bay water against the banks of the Inner Harbor. Duckpin lanes. Old Bay. Art in an otherwise empty storefront. For all of these things, and for so many more, people love Baltimore. People feel...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:15 PM
The pungent, haunting narrative of Laura Lippman's new novel, "The Most Dangerous Thing," kicks in with a group of kids arguing for dibs on a grassy kickball field near a cotton mill on "Wetheredsville Road."
The whole scene sounds like a cozy...
| Aug 12, 2011
With Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's guilty plea last week to conspiracy to sell heroin, one question being asked by fans of "The Wire" is how other cast members of the Baltimore-based series are doing.
The answer: Several are doing just fine professionally....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:30 PM
David Simon, whose credits include "The Wire," "Treme" and "Homicide: Life on the Street" -- has been tapped as the recipient of the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for career achievement from the Writers Guild of America East.
"David Simon's distinguished...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:20 AM
A notorious flop, a praiseworthy TV series and a controversial costumed-hero film are among the latest offerings on DVD and Blu-ray.
The flop is "The Lone Ranger" (Disney, $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray / DVD / digital combo), the latest attempt to remake...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Sneaking Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) into Iran was supposed to be a quiet, bloodless mission. But the CIA operation quickly deteriorates into a loud, bloody fiasco on “Good Night,” Episode 310 of Showtime’s “Homeland.”
| Dec 1, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Sunday brings the brief fourth-season return of "Treme," David Simon and Eric Overmyer's story of life, death, music and food in the city of New Orleans. I had, for some reason, thought the show was canceled, even though a look back into the record...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 6:05 AM
There'll be lots of music and holiday cheer on your screens this week. Also, Univision launches a steamy new drama, Kirstie Alley returns to sitcoms and a classic American musical goes live. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:
| Nov 29, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Old disasters don't die, they just fade from the headlines.
The network camera crews leave town, cable news moves on to the next horror and the people left behind adjust or don't to a new normal.
It requires a very particular vision to see as much drama...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:29 PM
"Downton Abbey" won't be back until Jan. 5, but PBS is teasing us in December with "Return to Downton Abbey," a special about the first three seasons airing Dec. 1.
A few new series and miniseries will premiere this December among all the holiday...