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January 12, 2014
Though it came into Sunday's Golden Globes awards as the leading TV series with four nominations, the Baltimore-shot series "House of Cards" quickly buckled under the weight of "Breaking Bad. " But star Robin Wright snapped up the best drama actress for her work as the scheming Claire Underwood. It was a banner weekend for Wright, who also just got engaged to actor Ben Foster. The Netflix production and cast members Kevin Spacey and Corey Stoll lost in their contests for best drama series (to "Breaking Bad")
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The hit television show "House of Cards" will stay in Maryland, even though state incentives offered to keep the Netflix series here came up millions of dollars short of what the producers wanted. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Media Rights Capital announced Friday that they had reached an agreement that would allow the third season of the political drama to be filmed in the state. The producers said they expect to begin filming over the next several months. But the accord negotiated by O'Malley included no new money to make up for lawmakers' failure this month to give "House of Cards" the full $15 million the series producers were seeking.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2003
I have a new addiction and it manifests itself like this - I race home from work, scarf down dinner and pop in a DVD. As soon as The X-Files' spooky opening music begins, I can feel my muscles begin to relax. In a matter of seconds, some unsuspecting person will be attacked/eaten/abducted. And my next hour will be spent engulfed in a sci-fi high as FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder traipse across the country, deciphering the paranormal mess du jour. Many evenings have passed in this fashion since I began my quest to watch the Emmy-winning Fox series in chronological order on DVD. Lately, however, the high has been dampened by a stark realization - the series ended last year.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Responding to a threat that the "House of Cards" television series may leave Maryland if it doesn't get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company's property if it stops filming in the state. Media Rights Capital, the Beverly Hills, Calif., company producing the popular Netflix show, wrote Gov. Martin O'Malley that it was putting off work on its third season until it could be assured that sufficient tax credits would be approved.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Sun reporter | February 25, 2012
Twenty-year-old Shailene Woodley, practically at a loss for words, won the Best Supporting Female Spirit, and thanked everyone associated with "The Descendants" for helping her grow up. The four months she spent making the movie, Woodley said in accepting the award, were "four months that shaped my young-adult life. " "As an 18-year-old," she added backstage, "it was kind of a catalyst for me coming into my own. " Woodley, who played the headstrong teenage daughter of George Clooney in "The Descendants," lavished special praise on Clooney and director Alexander Payne.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
For almost two decades, Baltimore was mainly seen by the TV industry as a place to make shows about cops and crime. But now, the city is looking more like the nation's capital to some of Hollywood's top producers. On Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that "House of Cards" - a Washington-set 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. "This current run of going three for three with Washington political stuff is really something," said Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
Baltimore native Julie Bowen, of ABC's  "Modern Family," grabbed the first headline of the night at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday  - winning the trophy for best supporting actress in a comedy, It was the first Emmy announced on the Fox telecast. "Oh my god. Oh my god. Are you kidding me? I don't know what I'm going to talk about in therapy next week. I actually won something," Bowen said as she accepted the award onstage. She offered special thanks to her "two husbands -- Ty Burrell, my TV husband, and my real husband, Scott Phillips.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 18, 2005
Television series are pouring out of studios' vaults for the DVD market -- and the cash flow -- but the majority offer few extras. This week's entrants are no different: A couple have some decent added treats, but most are of the bare-bones variety, such as Universal's set of the first two seasons of the NBC detective series McCloud ($40). Dennis Weaver played a wily marshal from Taos, N.M., who goes to New York to recapture an escaped prisoner. Afterward, he found himself on temporary assignment at Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
FEATURES
By Jean Marbella | June 13, 1992
Barry Levinson plans to proceed with a television series based on the Baltimore Police Department's homicide squad after resolving a plagiarism complaint he had against the producers of another TV series, said an assistant to the Baltimore-born director.Mr. Levinson had charged Warner Bros., the producer of an upcoming CBS drama, "Polish Hill," with plagiarizing elements of the 1991 book, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," on which he was basing his own series. "Homicide" was written by Sun reporter David Simon, who spent a year with the police detectives who investigate murders.
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By Ron Miller and Ron Miller,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | August 15, 1991
This fall NBC will gamble that America is ready for a weekly series built around a relationship between a man and a woman who talk to each other in sign language.Of course, they aren't exactly ordinary people. Mark Harmon is one of TV's busiest leading men. And Marlee Matlin is the Oscar-winning star of "Children of a Lesser God," the acclaimed 1986 feature film.But their new series, "Reasonable Doubts," is the first to star a hearing-impaired performer such as Matlin, which means it comes with built-in problems.
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By David Zurawik and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
If Baltimore is indeed becoming Hollywood east - and who are we to argue the point? - then here's your handy map to the movie stars' homes. Only in this case, it's a map to where movie stars have roamed - sites captured forever on film and TV, going back to the 1970s. We begin our journey with a pair of television series, both set in Washington, but filmed right here in Charm City and its environs. And we've also pinpointed a couple of spots from films that are classic Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014
Though it came into Sunday's Golden Globes awards as the leading TV series with four nominations, the Baltimore-shot series "House of Cards" quickly buckled under the weight of "Breaking Bad. " But star Robin Wright snapped up the best drama actress for her work as the scheming Claire Underwood. It was a banner weekend for Wright, who also just got engaged to actor Ben Foster. The Netflix production and cast members Kevin Spacey and Corey Stoll lost in their contests for best drama series (to "Breaking Bad")
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
For an agricultural operation that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Maple Lawn Turkey Farm is adept at blending the old and the new. Tried-and-true methods still prevail at Maple Lawn. But the Fulton farm also embraces modern concepts, such as raising free-range birds and using large arrays of solar panels to generate enough electricity to offset what it consumes each year. And just in time for Thanksgiving, the turkey farm's success story will unfold on the airwaves Tuesday in the debut of a new half-hour TV series featuring farms across the state.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jaclyn Peiser | July 3, 2012
Ah yes, we return this week to the "Real Housewives of New York City" with another fight about London, a single storyline with LuAnn's pregnancy problems, and a few jabs by Ramona. Honestly, there was nothing new with the NYC ladies this week. It felt like this episode was just a repeat of the last but this time with slightly different dialogue and different scenery. Here are some of the highlights. Heather and Aviva meet in the park to chat about the London issue with Ramona.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
WBAL-TV won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a series on judges by investigative reporter Jayne Miller, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced Tuesday. Here's part of what the press release: The award for Best Video Investigative Reporting is for a series by WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller called "Judging The Judges. " The award-winning investigation opens the book on judges who misbehave, violate ethics and break the law. The story focuses ion judicial accountability and reveals a system where reprimands are often kept private and judges remain on the bench...
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By Brad Kuhn and Brad Kuhn,ORLANDO SENTINEL | January 7, 1997
More evidence that the theme-restaurant business is a hard life: Hard Rock Cafe, which has had flat sales in its restaurants, is branching into television.It also plans to announce a new music-recording venture later this month."Hard Rock Live," a weekly one-hour television music series produced by the co-creator of MTV's popular "Unplugged," is scheduled to debut in March on the VH-1 cable-music channel.The $35 million production, to be taped at Sony Studios in New York, is sponsored by VH-1, Pontiac automobiles and Warner Bros.
FEATURES
By Martin Miller and Martin Miller,Los Angeles Times | July 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- Isaiah Washington, who was written out as a major character on ABC's Grey's Anatomy after publicly using a homophobic slur, has been written into NBC's promising new fall show Bionic Woman, network executives said yesterday at the annual summer television press tour. The controversial actor, who has been attacking his former network as racist for firing him, will appear in five of the new show's first six episodes. In spite of Washington's obvious baggage, Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, said he was elated to land the actor, who became the butt of national jokes this year when he entered a Malibu, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and Sun reporter | February 25, 2012
Twenty-year-old Shailene Woodley, practically at a loss for words, won the Best Supporting Female Spirit, and thanked everyone associated with "The Descendants" for helping her grow up. The four months she spent making the movie, Woodley said in accepting the award, were "four months that shaped my young-adult life. " "As an 18-year-old," she added backstage, "it was kind of a catalyst for me coming into my own. " Woodley, who played the headstrong teenage daughter of George Clooney in "The Descendants," lavished special praise on Clooney and director Alexander Payne.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Everyone who has ever tuned into a cable channel has heard the names Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson. Show hosts like Nancy Grace have used their TV pulpits to chronicle the disappearance of such white, female victims night after night. But what about black victims like Yasmin Acree or missing sisters Diamond and Tiondra Bradley? That's one of the questions raised by a new docu-series, "Find Our Missing," hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and produced by TV One, the African-American-themed cable channel based in Silver Spring.
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