David Zurawik's television coverage

If not for TMZ, Ray Rice would be a Raven today

News media loath to accept disruptive competitor as a peer

'Thursday Night Football' launch a huge endeavor for CBS

Program will debut in Baltimore, expected to bring in 20 million viewers overall

Taliban documentary shows value of Al Jazeera America

A look at one slice of original and unique content on Al Jazeera America

Twitter swamps TV in covering early returns

Baltimore stations stick with network fare

City's cable-access relaunches with HGTV-style fare, increased budget

CharmTV will feature Baltimore restaurants, neighborhoods

The end begins for 'Mad Men'

In final season of "Mad Men," expect to witness the anguish of Don, the power of Peggy.

WBAL-TV adding new anchor

WBAL new anchor Jason Newton

Amazon makes its own TV and does OK with 'Alpha House'

Solid political satire from Garry Trudeau makes for impressive Amazon launch.

Taking the lead

Interview with actress Peyton List one of the stars in CW's fall show "The Tomorrow People"

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. takes on a new role in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'

Gilliard joins the cast of "The Walking Dead" and just moved back home to Baltimore

Al Jazeera America promises something revolutionary: solid TV journalism

Enter Al Jazeera with deep pockets and an old-school, hard-news strategy

Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and David Mamet pool their collective talents in HBO's 'Phil Spector'

The two-person piece about the first murder trial of the legendary rock producer raises big questions about media and culture.

Baltimore native Jason Winer talks about '1600 Penn' on eve of White House visit

Baltimore native talks about his new network sitcom

Super Bowl broadcast marred with excess commercialism, scripted approach

CBS broadcaster Phil Simms can't deviate from the script

CNN's Tapper says he aims coverage beyond politics

A Jeff Zucker hire, the former ABC correspondent will premiere his weekday afternoon show Monday

Ray Lewis will have plenty of entertainers in TV land

Analysts, TV executives assess Lewis potential for career in TV sports

Established storytelling, new-media outlets for Olympics on NBC

Olympics executive producer Jim Bell describes approach to 5,535 hours of coverage

'1600 Penn' inherits 'Modern Family' comedic DNA

New sit-com from Baltimore native Winer a broad family comedy, despite political setting

O'Malley becomes regular figure in Sunday talk

We talk to show hosts and executive producers about O'Malley's TV image and what he brings to the network and cable news talk show table

Duff Goldman goes beyond TV in latest foodie media venture

Baltimore's rock 'n' roll chef launching YouTube food channel next week with definite Baltimore 'flavor'

What Al Jazeera thinks of Baltimore

A new documentary from the global channel probes race, class, crime, drugs and incarceration

How Josh Gad was almost Cameron, and Sarah Palin led Jason Winer to '1600 Penn'

How Sarah Palin and Josh Gad, from "The Book of Mormon," led the way for a new NBC sitcom about life in the White House

Awash in news, much of Baltimore media rises to the challenge

A look at how Baltimore TV news performed in a week of big news

Known to millions as 'Oprah's Boyfriend,' Stedman Graham talks about issues of identity

Interview with Stedman Graham, who is promoting a new self-help book, "Identity."

Budget impasse in Annapolis threatens thriving local TV industry

All the jobs, money and excitement that Hollywood has brought to Maryland during the last year could soon disappear amid all the finger-pointing and blame-gaming over the budget impasse in Annapolis.

Sunday night TV is DVR overload

With the arrival of HBO's "VEEP" last week, it's officials: Sunday night TV is on overload

Can Baltimore's 'Ball Boys' be the next 'Pawn Stars?'

The new ABC reality TV series "Ball Boys" opens with the motto: "Every great moment in sports leaves something behind." This network series set in a Baltimore sports memorabilia shop tells the stories of what happens to some of the stuff left behind.

UM students help launch Dan Savage's new TV show

"Savage U," which brings columnist Dan Savage and his producer, Lauren Hutchinson, to a different college campus each week for frank discussions with students about sex, will likely stir some culture-war controversy when it debuts at 11 p.m. Tuesday on MTV.

With new shows in the works, TV is awash in Washington

Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" notwithstanding, prime-time television has never gone as far into the deep end of the political pool as it is about to do this year. At least four Washington-centric shows are in the works or set to premiere, including Maryland-based "VEEP" and "House of Cards."

PBS treats Baltimore's Cab Calloway as an American Master

Director Gail Levin makes some daring and original choices in telling the story of Cab Calloway. The hip-shaking, zoot-suit-wearing bandleader from the Harlem Renaissance era comes to the screen with help of artists and choreography. makes a name for itself with violent viral videos

A video of fight at a Columbia high school marked the third time a video of a violent crime in Baltimore that has gone viral on in the past year. In each, the website was the first teller of the news. And judged by the web traffic, it is news for which there is a huge appetite.

Palin TV-movie 'Game Change' pushes the limits of docudrama

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.

'Ring of Honor' wrestling gets a stranglehold on Baltimore

Sinclair Broadcast Group, of Hunt Valley, is bringing live wrestling to Baltimore in 2012. The Baltimore-based broadcaster took over the struggling Ring of Honor circuit last June and is now using its distribution muscle of to air the pro wrestling matches nationally.

Maryland has a new go-to role on television — Washington

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.

Netflix, other Web networks vie to be new HBOs of TV drama

Just as premium channels like HBO started making their own films in the 1980s to wrest control from the broadcast networks and Hollywood production companies, so are distributors like Hulu and Netflix trying to do to the cable industry today.

CBS-Showtime pays tribute to Navy/Army football with 'A Game of Honor'

New documentary tackles West Point and Annapolis, culminating with this year's Army-Navy football game

WBAL news may be losing its edge

The station known for Jayne Miller, Rod Daniels and its "live, local and late breaking" motto, looks like it could be losing its ratings edge – if not more.

A community reaches out to show its affection for Ron Smith

An interview with WBAL radio show host Ron Smith who has stopped chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Baltimore's Bowen earns 1st Emmy

'Modern Family' star wins for best supporting actress

NFL Network sees Ravens-49ers game as one of channel's biggest ever

Officials see Thanksgiving night game as one of the biggest in the channel's history

PBS puts spotlight on War of 1812 on the eve of its bicentennial

"The War of 1812," which was produced in association with Washington's WETA, will air at 9 p.m. Monday on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and other PBS stations nationwide. Its premiere is one of the first major events celebrating the bicentennial of the conflict.

NPR back in hot seat over opera show host Lisa Simeone's political activities

Right or wrong, Lisa Simeone has landed NPR back in the culture-wars battlefield. Her role in October 2011 — one of the groups camped in the nation's capital as part of the Occupy movement — could also spell an end to her presence on public radio after decades on the air.

With Oprah gone, WJZ takes ratings lead at 4 and 5

After a year of speculation about how the end of Oprah Winfrey's show would affect ratings for local stations, the October "sweeps" ratings period shows the CBS-owned station WJZ surpassing the longtime ratings champ and NBC affiliate WBAL in the early evening hours.

Michael K. Williams builds his own TV empire

Michael Kenneth Williams is feeling lucky these days. The 44-year-old performer known to fans of HBO's "The Wire" as fearless stick-up man Omar Little says there is nothing he's wanted more since the Baltimore-based drama ended than to "just continuously stay working" as an actor.

Mac McGarry steps down after 50 years as host of 'It's Academic'

After 50 years as host of "It's Academic," the longest-running quiz show on television, Mac McGarry, the longest-tenured host, says "it's really time" to step down.

TV audience for Baltimore Grand Prix falls short of projections

Actual TV audience one-sixth of what city and promoters predicted

Z on TV: The incredible shrinking Baltimore anchor desk

Another anchorwoman's departure leads to questions about TV news, but most agree it comes down to money

Baltimore's James Blue helps BET get more socially relevant

The former "Nightline" producer debuts his first documentary for BET, about Michelle Obama's trip to Africa, on Sunday night

Baltimore stations jockey to fill the Oprah vacuum

For stations across the country and in Baltimore, Monday is the first day of the post Oprah Winfrey era. And, like their counterparts, the stations here will be trying new and allegedly improved shows to grab a piece of the huge audience that the queen of daytime television held for 25 years..

Z on TV: Uneven coverage of Baltimore's mayor race thus far

Less than a month out from Sept. 13 primary, we look at how local media are covering the City of Baltimore mayor's race

Anchors struggle to not call it a day for McCain

NBC digs deep to make the U.S. Open a ratings hit

Is there TV life after Tiger Woods? It's not easy, says Tommy Roy, the executive producer of NBC's golf coverage, but with an event as large and storied as the U.S. Open, it can be done — with a little help from the golfing gods on Sunday, of course.

A charmed Emmys

A record number of performers, writers and directors with Baltimore ties have been nominated for Emmys. Barry Levinson's HBO film, "You Don't Know Jack," alone is nominated for 15. In advance of Sunday's telecast, we talk to some of the nominees and Hollywood handicappers about their chances.

'The Wire' has ended, but its talent is still being tapped

With Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's guilty plea last week to conspiracy to sell heroin, one question being asked by fans of "The Wire" is how other cast members of the Baltimore-based series are doing.

SNL vet Tina Fey's Palin skit stole the show

Ehrlich, O'Malley duke it out in ads

The hottest battleground in one of the most hotly contested midterm races is being waged with TV ads in Baltimore

Dixon talk-radio divide may reflect the one in jury room

News outlets hold firm in Egypt despite dangers

At the end of a wild week that saw more than 100 attacks on journalists and press facilities in Egypt, TV news executives were left shaking their heads at the volatility and violence, but vowing to continue to find ways to cover the tumult in days ahead.