Z on TV

Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
Maher, Baldwin, Oliver, Colbert: Political satire thrives in Trump era

Four years ago, when Jon Stewart was signing off the nightly airwaves and Stephen Colbert was leaving the relative freedom of Comedy Central for the more tightly regulated network world of CBS, I worried in these pages about the future of political satire on television.

After all, I argued, just as the press plays an important role in the conversation of democracy, so does political satire.

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Jussie Smollett and the price we pay for chasing clicks and ditching verification

What a sorry mess our news and information ecosystem has become.

That’s the rueful thought I had Jan. 29 as I surfed the first reports in social media about the alleged attack in Chicago on Jussie Smollett, the 36-year-old cast member of the Fox TV series “Empire.”

I was dismayed to see two Democratic candidates for president, Sens.

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HBO releases new trailer for 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

HBO today released a new trailer for its four-part documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed.”

The film, which is scheduled to debut March 10, promises new information on the 1999 Baltimore County murder case made famous in the “Serial” podcast.

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Zurawik: Hogan looks good on TV, but does he have the media moves it would take to challenge Trump?

Amid growing calls for him to run for president in 2020, Gov. Larry Hogan is saying that his focus is running Maryland for the next four years rather than running against Donald Trump.

But he’s appearing on major media outlets like CNN in prime time to say it.

Actions speak louder, no? If you’re wearing the TV makeup, you’re in the game.

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Sinclair's Boris Epshteyn mocked for wrongheaded Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet

Boris Epshteyn, Sinclair’s chief political analyst and dedicated Trump propagandist, tried to get go after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter Monday.

Poor Boris.

He set out to mock her for what he thought was her confusing the INF missile treaty with the IMDb movie and TV database.

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HBO sets premiere date for 'The Case Against Adnan Syed'

“The Case Against Adnan Syed,” a four-part HBO documentary series about the 1999 murder of a Baltimore County high school student, will premiere March 10, the premium cable service announced.

The murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, were the focus of the "Serial" podcast in 2014. It is one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time.

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