If the new Fox drama "Gracepoint" looks too good to be on network TV, that's because it's stacked with the kind of talent you normally see only on cable. And the work here is so good it could help change the way networks do drama in the future.
All kinds of impressive numbers were flying around last week in the wake of Emmy nominees being announced. HBO ran up an industry-leading 99 nominations overall with 19 for its gory and glorious ¿Game of Thrones¿ alone.
The celebrity and John "Jack" Dwyer, chairman of the family of Capital Funding companies, purchased the property for $4.5 million in a 50-50 venture in January after being connected by Dimitris Spiliadis, whose family opened the 12-room hotel in 2011 and lost it to foreclosure last summer.
HBO's Baltimore productions "VEEP" and "Game Change" got solid Emmy notice with the comedy earning a best actress nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential election picking up best actor and actress nominations for Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson.
What sets "Game Change" part is how it has radically shortened the distance between real-life events and their Hollywood depiction. As the producers deftly blend actual news footage and dramatic recreations, "Game Change" vaporizes the lines of fact and fiction as you watch.
Yesterday Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that "House of Cards" — a Washington-based TV series starring Kevin Spacey — will be filmed in Baltimore this spring, making it the third political drama to be produced in Maryland in less than a year.
If you happened to tune in for the Celebrity Beach Bowl during Super Bowl weekend, you might have caught the diehard Ravens fan who did the Ray Lewis dance after catching a touchdown pass from NFL great Warren Moon. That was Kris Jones, who was the winner of DirecTV's 2010 Ultimate Displaced Fan contest.