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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012
I have been watching the backlash against HBO's groundbreaking comedy "Girls" the last couple of weeks, and much of it looks to be coming from writers and wannabe critics who might just be jealous of Lena Dunham's success. Racism is a complicated and powerful word that should be used carefully and responsibly by people who have some sense of the real social history of that word and what it represents in American history.  Unfortunately, many people writing about television and popular culture these days are neither careful and responsible nor educated in the social history of anything.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Amy Schumer can tell a story. Knowing how to craft a short narrative and make it pay off with a laugh has, after all, helped make her one of the hottest comedians on TV and the concert circuit these days. So, let the star of Comedy Central's “Inside Amy Schumer” explain how it came to be that she finished her work for a bachelor's degree in theater at Towson University in 2003 but didn't receive her diploma until 2007 - in the lobby of Baltimore's Lyric Opera House. “I say I graduated in 2003 from Towson, but that's not actually true,” the 31-year-old New-York-born performer says in a recent interview.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
If you didn't see the debut of HBO's"Girls" Sunday night, here's some advice: Do whatever it takes to see it. Smart people are going to be talking and talking and talking some more about it for weeks. In 30 years of writing about television,  I cannot remember five other TV comedies that have blown me away the way this one did. I am sure I am only about the 50th reviewer to compare it to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " But I watched that one as a twentysomething baby boomer feeling for the first time that prime-time TV was speaking to and for my generation in a meaningful way. I am guessing "Girls" will have that same kind of electricity and cultural thunder for people who are in their 20s today.
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By Ta-Nehisi Coates | January 22, 2013
Last Sunday, "Girls," HBO's much-talked-about comedy, debuted its second season. I should qualify that "much-talked-about" description, since "Girls" is really only a major discussion point among young liberal urbanites around the country. It's in matters like "the debate about 'Girls'" that one can speak of latte-sipping liberals and the coastal elite. As a latte-sipping liberal in good standing but a coastal elite in training, I caught up on the show a year late and spent the past week watching the show's first season while most of my peers were enjoying the start of its second.
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By Ta-Nehisi Coates | January 22, 2013
Last Sunday, "Girls," HBO's much-talked-about comedy, debuted its second season. I should qualify that "much-talked-about" description, since "Girls" is really only a major discussion point among young liberal urbanites around the country. It's in matters like "the debate about 'Girls'" that one can speak of latte-sipping liberals and the coastal elite. As a latte-sipping liberal in good standing but a coastal elite in training, I caught up on the show a year late and spent the past week watching the show's first season while most of my peers were enjoying the start of its second.
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By Meghan Daum | November 9, 2012
As if it weren't enough that Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writing/directing/acting phenom who started a revolution this year with her HBO series "Girls," scored a $3.5-million book deal and has been granted the unofficial but unimpeachable title of "voice of her generation," she also appears to have won the presidential election - or at least to have been one of the driving forces behind the guy who did. In a much-talked-about campaign video for...
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By Mary Alice Yeskey | January 21, 2013
Elijah's sugar daddy George is reeling over the news that Elijah cheated on him -- and cheated on him with a woman. He breaks up with Elijah and walks out, leaving Elijah with no steady form of income. Elijah and Hannah watch Aaron's sad, lovelorn and somewhat angry YouTube musical dedication to Hannah, which is rhymeless and awkward. "I know he always said he was murdery in like a sexy way, but what if he's murdery in like a murdery way?"
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Amy Schumer can tell a story. Knowing how to craft a short narrative and make it pay off with a laugh has, after all, helped make her one of the hottest comedians on TV and the concert circuit these days. So, let the star of Comedy Central's “Inside Amy Schumer” explain how it came to be that she finished her work for a bachelor's degree in theater at Towson University in 2003 but didn't receive her diploma until 2007 - in the lobby of Baltimore's Lyric Opera House. “I say I graduated in 2003 from Towson, but that's not actually true,” the 31-year-old New-York-born performer says in a recent interview.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
The national publicity for "Tiny Furniture" focused on this brainy, zany and engaging youth comedy as a veiled autobiography. Like her heroine, Aura, 24-year-old writer-director Lena Dunham graduated from Oberlin. Her mother and Aura's are New York artists who specialize in photographing miniatures. Dunham's sister, like Aura's, is a prize-winning student poet. To make the art-life symmetry perfect: Dunham plays Aura; her mother, Laurie Simmons, plays Siri, Aura's mother; and her sister, Grace Dunham, plays Nadine, Aura's sister.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
If you're a fan of awards shows, drinking isn't required to get through the three-hour self-celebration that is the Emmy Awards. But it sure makes it more fun. And if you're either not a big awards show person (or perhaps forced to watch for some reason), we want to help you out a bit. Here's our official drinking game for Monday's ceremony (8 p.m., NBC). And if you need to, feel free to blame us for taking a personal day on Tuesday. TAKE A DRINK IF • Host Seth Meyers makes an ill-advised joke referencing "Orange is the New Black" and race relations.
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By Mary Alice Yeskey | January 21, 2013
Elijah's sugar daddy George is reeling over the news that Elijah cheated on him -- and cheated on him with a woman. He breaks up with Elijah and walks out, leaving Elijah with no steady form of income. Elijah and Hannah watch Aaron's sad, lovelorn and somewhat angry YouTube musical dedication to Hannah, which is rhymeless and awkward. "I know he always said he was murdery in like a sexy way, but what if he's murdery in like a murdery way?"
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By Meghan Daum | November 9, 2012
As if it weren't enough that Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writing/directing/acting phenom who started a revolution this year with her HBO series "Girls," scored a $3.5-million book deal and has been granted the unofficial but unimpeachable title of "voice of her generation," she also appears to have won the presidential election - or at least to have been one of the driving forces behind the guy who did. In a much-talked-about campaign video for...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012
I have been watching the backlash against HBO's groundbreaking comedy "Girls" the last couple of weeks, and much of it looks to be coming from writers and wannabe critics who might just be jealous of Lena Dunham's success. Racism is a complicated and powerful word that should be used carefully and responsibly by people who have some sense of the real social history of that word and what it represents in American history.  Unfortunately, many people writing about television and popular culture these days are neither careful and responsible nor educated in the social history of anything.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
If you didn't see the debut of HBO's"Girls" Sunday night, here's some advice: Do whatever it takes to see it. Smart people are going to be talking and talking and talking some more about it for weeks. In 30 years of writing about television,  I cannot remember five other TV comedies that have blown me away the way this one did. I am sure I am only about the 50th reviewer to compare it to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " But I watched that one as a twentysomething baby boomer feeling for the first time that prime-time TV was speaking to and for my generation in a meaningful way. I am guessing "Girls" will have that same kind of electricity and cultural thunder for people who are in their 20s today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
The national publicity for "Tiny Furniture" focused on this brainy, zany and engaging youth comedy as a veiled autobiography. Like her heroine, Aura, 24-year-old writer-director Lena Dunham graduated from Oberlin. Her mother and Aura's are New York artists who specialize in photographing miniatures. Dunham's sister, like Aura's, is a prize-winning student poet. To make the art-life symmetry perfect: Dunham plays Aura; her mother, Laurie Simmons, plays Siri, Aura's mother; and her sister, Grace Dunham, plays Nadine, Aura's sister.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | January 28, 2013
Hannah sits, uncomfortably, for an interview for a freelance gig with a website called jazzhate.com. The blonde interviewer suggests she write about a threesome, or doing cocaine, and then points to a sign on the wall indicating where your comfort zone is (outside the circle), to which Hannah responds, "Uh huh. Okay. " The girls are having a yard sale (which in Brooklyn is more of a street sale) and Hannah asks Marnie where she could actually procure said cocaine. Answer: Laird, her weird junkie neighbor.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
UPDATES WITH MORE BALTIMORE NOMINEES: HBO's Baltimore productions "VEEP"  and "Game Change" got some 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. Overall, "VEEP" received three nominations including one for best comedy, while "Game Change"  earned additional nominations for Ed Harris as best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries and as best movie or miniseries.
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