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By DAVID ZURAWIK | September 14, 1997
Because of an editing error in the Sunday Arts section, the new television series "Good News" on UPN was designated as being recommended by Sun Television Critic David Zurawik. It is not recommended.The Sun regrets the error.* INDICATES A RECOMMENDED SHOWSUNDAY"The Wonderful World of Disney." 7 p.m., ABC. The not-so-wonderful world of corporate synergy, with Disney using its television network to show Disney-owned films, like 'em or not. And to make matters worse, we have to put up with Disney Chairman Michael Eisner as host.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sun media critic David Zurawik emailed “Wire” creator David Simon seeking an assessment from him of Idris Elba for a feature story on Elba. Simon's generous and thoughtful email reply seemed too good not to publish on its own. Here's what Simon has to say about the actor who helped him bring Stringer Bell to life - and then death: “From the very first episodes, Idris demonstrated the abilities and dynamics of being a breakout star. It was all there in the first dailies, actually.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sun media critic David Zurawik emailed “Wire” creator David Simon seeking an assessment from him of Idris Elba for a feature story on Elba. Simon's generous and thoughtful email reply seemed too good not to publish on its own. Here's what Simon has to say about the actor who helped him bring Stringer Bell to life - and then death: “From the very first episodes, Idris demonstrated the abilities and dynamics of being a breakout star. It was all there in the first dailies, actually.
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By The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
Baltimore's Duff Goldman, TV's Ace of Cakes, will be back on the Food network in a new show starting Aug. 8. Goldman hinted at the show in a Sun magazine profile I did in January, and I am glad to see he has pulled it off and made the network schedule. It features him traveling the country searching out the best desserts. Here's the Food network release: Duff Goldman made famous by Ace of Cakes, has a knack for satisfying America’s sugary curiosity. In his new series, Sugar High, premiering Monday, August 8th at 10:30pm ET/PT, Duff takes a cross-country trek to capture the sweet secrets and tasty techniques that keep the cookies from crumbling in the top dessert destinations around the country.
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May 4, 2002
Blue Vinyl is a brilliant take on life, death and plastic siding, says TV Critic David Zurawik (See Page 3D). You can see it at 8 tonight at the Maryland Film Festival or at 10 tomorrow night on HBO. For a full schedule of events and more information on the Maryland Film Festival, go to The Sun's Web site, www.sunspot.net/mdfilmfest
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By David Zurawik | July 29, 2005
The premiere of Over There, cable channel FX's drama about the war in Iraq, was seen by 4.1 million viewers Wednesday night, making it one of the 10 highest-rated debuts in the history of basic cable and the highest rated series of the night on cable TV. The series from Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo, the first prime-time drama to depict an ongoing war, scored with young viewers drawing an audience of 2.4 million viewers 18 to 49 years of age. ...
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By David Zurawik | May 4, 2005
ABC confirmed yesterday that tonight's Primetime Live (airing at 10 on WMAR, Channel 2) will include allegations by a former contestant that Paula Abdul, one of three judges on the hit Fox series American Idol, helped him advance in the talent show competition as a result of a sexual relationship. According to the network, tonight's report will include an answering machine message with what former contestant Corey Clark identifies as Abdul's voice imploring him not to talk about her to the media.
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By David Zurawik | January 6, 2005
Baltimore will be the fictional setting for a new prime-time series scheduled to debut Feb. 14 on UPN, the network announced yesterday. Cuts, a sitcom starring Marques Houston (Fat Albert) and Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), is set in a hair salon in a Baltimore neighborhood. The series is created and produced by Eunetta T. Boone, a former sportswriter at The Evening Sun. Boone is also the creator and executive producer of One on One, another UPN series set in Baltimore starring Flex Alexander as a TV sportscaster and single dad. Cuts is a spinoff of One on One, with Houston playing Alexander's brother, Kevin Barnes, a barber who returns to Baltimore to run his father's barbershop, only to find that it has been sold to a large corporation.
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By David Zurawik | March 4, 2005
February was a good month for WBAL-TV (Channel 11), as the local NBC affiliate turned in one of its strongest sweeps performances in years. The station's local newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weeknights drew larger audiences than those of its chief competitors, WJZ (Channel 13) and WMAR (Channel 2), combined. In late news at 11 p.m., WBAL topped its nearest rival, WJZ, by two ratings points (20,500 area TV households). "By any objective measure, anyone looking at the February ratings would have to conclude that the pre-eminent news organization in Baltimore at this time is WBAL-TV," said Bill Fine, the station's general manager.
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By David Zurawik | December 17, 2004
Tom Fenton, the 74-year-old dean of TV foreign correspondents, will retire from CBS News after 34 years effective today, the network announced. Fenton, who began his journalism career at The Sun, quickly distinguished himself at CBS after joining the network in 1970 through an exclusive interview with hostages seized by the Palestine Liberation Organization. From getting the first television interview in Iran in 1979 with Ayatollah Khomeini, to covering the recent warfare in the Persian Gulf, Fenton's resume is a road map of many major international news stories of the last three decades.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK , baltimoresun.com/zontv | December 11, 2009
Staying power, consistently strong performances over a long period of time, and popularity are the factors that shaped my list of most notable news personalities, specifically broadcasters. There are some very fine and even beloved folks on this list. Rod Daniels, WBAL anchor. The longevity and sense of stability he has provided for WBAL-TV news are rare. Denise Koch, WJZ anchor. Ditto for Koch, who leads WJZ in the wake of legends - one of the hardest tasks of all. Sally Thorner, WJZ anchor.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | January 8, 2009
No dumbo celebs being celebrated here. Just dumbo regular folk. The black comedy The Darwin Awards is a 2006 film with Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder and Josh Charles that was inspired by the cult Web site of the same name, which chronicles "the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways." Endless sick humor at darwinawards.com. (9:35 p.m, Showtime) Feeding frenzy:: Tonight the folks at The Office get some good news, but they still find a way to make a mess of things.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | October 28, 2008
For better or worse, a holiday isn't a holiday until TV says it is. At least, that's the case with Halloween and the Peanuts classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Its story line and dialogue are probably as widely known and beloved as the feature film It's a Wonderful Life. So, let's just cut to the chase and give it four well-worn and much-deserved stars. (8 p.m., WMAR-Channel 2) **** ABOUT THE WARS, MR. PRESIDENT: Has anyone done better long-form TV journalism during this election cycle than PBS' Frontline?
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | October 20, 2008
For the past couple of weeks, the Sundance Channel has been dedicating Monday nights to two of my favorite things: politics and documentaries. It has a couple of excellent films tonight. Up first is Blog Wars which tracks the explosion of political blogs. Director James Rogan focuses on such blog giants as Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos) and Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post) as 2006's hotly contested midterm elections get under way. (Sundance Channel, 8 p.m.) *** The Third Monday in October follows with a delightful look at 11 middle-schoolers as they campaign to lead their student governments.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | September 30, 2008
Even though it is the second week of a new fall network season, you have to go hunting for something special to watch tonight. But shows are out there - they're just not on network TV. A CRITICAL LOOK: In this era of celebrity worship and reality TV, television with a social conscience is not always easy to find. But in Critical Care, the acclaimed P.O.V. series shows viewers what it is like to be sick in America and not have adequate health insurance. Documentary filmmaker Roger Weisberg chronicles the journey of four Americans who become critically ill. Health care is a major topic in the presidential election, and you can't say PBS didn't try to help you understand and feel the pain connected to this issue with this moving cinema verite exploration.
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March 16, 2008
TELEVISION THE RICHES / / 10 p.m. Tuesday. FX ....................... This decidedly off-beat drama about a family of grifters that tries to steal the American Dream by assuming the identity of a dead family returns for Season 2. The series was troubled last year by an inability to maintain a tone that was both credible and comically dark. But it was always a joy to watch droll Minnie Driver and super-charged Eddie Izzard as the mom and pop hustlers trying to pass as members of the upper-middle class in McMansion Land.
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By Steve Wigler @ 'Mad About You' TELEVISION | February 6, 1993
Baroque flutezTCMUSICVery few people play the flute music of the 17th and 18th century as well as Robert Willoughby. This distinguished flutist will perform with the members of Pro Musica Rara tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It's a program that baroque music fanciers won't want to miss: works by such well-known masters as Telemann and K.P.E. Bach and by less celebrated, although fascinating, composers such as as Johann Ernst Galliard and Johann Jakob Frohberger. Tickets are $12, $10 for BMA members and $6 for students.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | January 8, 2009
No dumbo celebs being celebrated here. Just dumbo regular folk. The black comedy The Darwin Awards is a 2006 film with Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder and Josh Charles that was inspired by the cult Web site of the same name, which chronicles "the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways." Endless sick humor at darwinawards.com. (9:35 p.m, Showtime) Feeding frenzy:: Tonight the folks at The Office get some good news, but they still find a way to make a mess of things.
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