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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
More and more these days, it seems as if the most interesting TV projects are coming from new and different places. "House of Cards,"  which Netflix is making in Baltimore, leads the parade. But DirecTV is getting in the game, too, and this week debuts a six-part mini-series about a transgendered contract killer played by Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love," "Boys Don't Cry"). "Hit & Miss," which premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on DirecTV's Audience Channel is a British import created by Paul Abbott, who is usually praised for "Shameless"and "State of Play.
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Susan Reimer | March 12, 2014
The New Jersey high school senior who moved in with a friend after disputes with her parents and then sued them for financial support returned home Wednesday. I described this family drama in my Monday column. Rachel Canning, who left home in October, had asked a judge to require her parents to pay her Catholic high school tuition, her lawyer's fees, her college tuition and more than $650 a week in support. A judge had refused her request for immediate financial relief but had scheduled a full hearing on the matter for April.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 20, 2002
American Family is being touted by PBS as the first weekly drama on American broadcast television about a Latino family. That's a historic claim, and the series deserves to be celebrated for its commitment to diversity and ethnic understanding. But creator Gregory Nava (El Norte and Selena) doesn't want viewers to think the 13-week series that begins Wednesday night on public television is only by, for and about the Latino experience. "American Family is about everybody's family," Nava said at a PBS press conference in Los Angeles.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 12, 2014
Marlise Munoz was 33 when she died. She was at home when she collapsed from an apparent blood clot in her lungs. It was an hour or more before her husband, Erick Munoz, found her. He says doctors pronounced her brain dead, though John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, citing privacy concerns, has declined to confirm that diagnosis. It is, at any rate, nearly a month and a half since this happened, yet Ms. Munoz remains hooked up to life support. Her mother wants her removed.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 8, 1999
Dr. Sydney Hansen has it all at age 30: a successful Beverly Hills practice in plastic surgery, a breathtaking Malibu beach house and a great-looking guy with whom to share it.And then one day, she realizes how much she absolutely hates her life.Welcome to "Providence," as in Rhode Island, the hometown to which Sydney returns on the day when her life in L.A. suddenly feels like it's turning to dust.Welcome, indeed. This new family drama from NBC is one of the most pleasant surprises of television's midseason.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
Biting comedy, award-winning reality TV and the start of a new season for a great family drama are available this weekend. CHRIS ROCK IS BACK TV comedy does not get much better than Chris Rock's HBO shows. Premium cable has the freedom not to bleep Rock, and that makes a difference. The language that some consider harsh is crucial to the biting edge that Rock brings to his keen social insights. (9 p.m. tomorrow, HBO) *** "THE AMAZING RACE" BEGINS AGAIN The reality show that keeps winning Emmys returns for a new season on CBS. (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | July 12, 1993
Washington -- You have to admire a playwright who can blend homosexuality, abortion and Wagner's Ring Cycle into a family drama -- one that also includes more than a few laughs.Twenty-six-year-old Jonathan Tolins does all of that in his chillingly prescient play, "Twilight of the Golds," which is receiving its East Coast premiere at the Kennedy Center before moving on to San Francisco and eventually New York.Set in the very near future, the play focuses on an expectant couple who discovers, through genetic testing, that their unborn child is going to be a normal, intelligent male who has a high probability of being gay.The playwright anticipates almost every question and argument -- ethical and scientific -- that the audience might raise about this discovery.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 3, 1994
Sitting down? Better be, because here it comes: The best new offering on TV tonight is a made-for-television movie on the USA Network. There. I said it, and I meant it.* "Byrds of Paradise" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Timothy Busfield of "thirtysomething" stars as a recent widower who packs off his kids and dog and moves to Hawaii, to take a job as a headmaster of a small prep school. There are enough quirky characters to make this tropical series a sort of "Southern Exposure," but the real focus is the family drama itself.
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By Stephen Wigler | October 17, 1993
Flute and guitar make the music at Walters Art GalleryThe timbres of the flute and guitar combine beautifully. They can be heard together this afternoon at 2 when the fine guitar-flute duo of Benjamin Verdery and flutist Rie Schmidt performs at the Walters Art Gallery. Their program, which features some of Verdery's own compositions, includes music by the wonderful Brazilian composer of tangos, Astor Piazzola, and Toru Takemitsu's atmospheric "Toward the Sea." Tickets for the concert are $15; $12 for museum members and seniors.
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June 25, 2009
FRIDAY 'Hamlet': Talk about family drama - with Hamlet, Shakespeare spun a classic tale of murder and revenge. Starting this weekend, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival tackles the theatrical masterpiece, adapted and directed by Michael Carleton. Hamlet runs through July 26 at the Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-366-8596 or go to baltimoreshakespeare.org. 'Bloodlines': Dan Baum's Bloodlines follows Sarah Friedman, a college student who begins to second-guess her identity when she heads home for Passover and finds ... family drama.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
More and more these days, it seems as if the most interesting TV projects are coming from new and different places. "House of Cards,"  which Netflix is making in Baltimore, leads the parade. But DirecTV is getting in the game, too, and this week debuts a six-part mini-series about a transgendered contract killer played by Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love," "Boys Don't Cry"). "Hit & Miss," which premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on DirecTV's Audience Channel is a British import created by Paul Abbott, who is usually praised for "Shameless"and "State of Play.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
Actor Gavin Lee might be the first actor ever to tap-dance upside-down across the ceiling in real time. Lee is the likable, gravity-defying performer who for the past six years has performed as Bert the chimney sweep in Cameron Mackintosh's blockbuster stage version of " Mary Poppins." The national touring production of "Poppins" has just blown into the Kennedy Center (presumably on the east wind), where it will remain through Aug. 22. Lee originated the role in London in 2004, stayed with the character when the show transferred to Broadway, and now is portraying the Cockney charmer during the tour.
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June 25, 2009
FRIDAY 'Hamlet': Talk about family drama - with Hamlet, Shakespeare spun a classic tale of murder and revenge. Starting this weekend, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival tackles the theatrical masterpiece, adapted and directed by Michael Carleton. Hamlet runs through July 26 at the Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-366-8596 or go to baltimoreshakespeare.org. 'Bloodlines': Dan Baum's Bloodlines follows Sarah Friedman, a college student who begins to second-guess her identity when she heads home for Passover and finds ... family drama.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2008
As the third and final production of its opening season, Standing O is introducing its Chesapeake Academy black box theater audience to British playwright William Nicholson's The Retreat from Moscow. With this play, Standing O founder and artistic director Ron Giddings continues the mission of Anne Arundel County's newest theater company to offer little-known recent theater gems to local audiences. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2004, The Retreat from Moscow tells the story of an English couple, Edward and Alice, who are dealing with a dying marriage of three decades.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
Biting comedy, award-winning reality TV and the start of a new season for a great family drama are available this weekend. CHRIS ROCK IS BACK TV comedy does not get much better than Chris Rock's HBO shows. Premium cable has the freedom not to bleep Rock, and that makes a difference. The language that some consider harsh is crucial to the biting edge that Rock brings to his keen social insights. (9 p.m. tomorrow, HBO) *** "THE AMAZING RACE" BEGINS AGAIN The reality show that keeps winning Emmys returns for a new season on CBS. (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS)
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,[Special to The Sun] | August 12, 2007
Letter from Point Clear By Dennis McFarland Henry Holt and Company / 320 pages / $25 Bonnie Owen has been saved. At least, Pastor Vandorpe, her blue-eyed, charismatic, 25-year-old husband, thinks she's been saved. Teetering on the edge between belief and unbelief, 30-year-old Bonnie isn't sure. "How do you know you're not just doing whatever you damn well please and because you prayed for guidance you just imagine you're being guided?" she asks. That's the question behind Dennis McFarland's sixth novel, Letter from Point Clear.
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Susan Reimer | March 12, 2014
The New Jersey high school senior who moved in with a friend after disputes with her parents and then sued them for financial support returned home Wednesday. I described this family drama in my Monday column. Rachel Canning, who left home in October, had asked a judge to require her parents to pay her Catholic high school tuition, her lawyer's fees, her college tuition and more than $650 a week in support. A judge had refused her request for immediate financial relief but had scheduled a full hearing on the matter for April.
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By Hal Boedeker and Hal Boedeker,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 7, 2005
The drama Beautiful People certainly delivers on its title. It presents marvelous moms, drop-dead daughters, stellar students and comely cads. Most of the beautiful people - or "BPs" - attend a prestigious New York high school. Gideon, an endearing geek, explains the importance of the "BP" title. "It's just much easier to loathe something when it has a name," he says. It would be easy to loathe Beautiful People, a family drama that debuts at 9 p.m. tomorrow on the ABC Family cable channel.
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By TOM JICHA and TOM JICHA,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | July 9, 2006
Brotherhood is not The Sopranos. Nothing is. Nevertheless, comparisons between the new Showtime series and the HBO classic are as inevitable as they are unfair. Brotherhood 10 p.m. Sundays on Showtime (encores include 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays).
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By Hal Boedeker and Hal Boedeker,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 7, 2005
The drama Beautiful People certainly delivers on its title. It presents marvelous moms, drop-dead daughters, stellar students and comely cads. Most of the beautiful people - or "BPs" - attend a prestigious New York high school. Gideon, an endearing geek, explains the importance of the "BP" title. "It's just much easier to loathe something when it has a name," he says. It would be easy to loathe Beautiful People, a family drama that debuts at 9 p.m. tomorrow on the ABC Family cable channel.
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