| May 1, 2015
| 3:00 AM
As AMC's "Mad Men" approaches its final three episodes, it's already clear that the series auteur Matthew Weiner is honing in on the anguish of, and the anguish caused by, absent parents.
He is in good company. Lousy fathers have been chasing me...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 12:55 PM
David Simon, creator of HBO's Baltimore-set drama series "The Wire," has urged an end to the violence that has rocked the city following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last week from a spinal cord injury received while in police...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 6:02 AM
Perhaps predictably, social media were replete with references to “The Wire” today, as amateur pundits couldn’t wait to compare the violence on the streets of Baltimore the past few days with the HBO series that portrayed a city on the...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 11:45 AM
The footage involving Freddie Gray and the Baltimore City cops brought it all back.
Growing up in 1990s Baltimore, some of the cops would use Black Baltimore as a playground to do whatever they wanted to do. Pre-teen years, I would hear from the teen-...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 2:48 PM
How unquestionably cool would it be to have Chicago filmmaker Colleen Griffen as a mom?
Case in point: After she playfully noted her teenage son and his friends resembling a young, male musical group, Griffen then imagined, wrote and directed a 30-...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 1:10 PM
Binge-watching is on the rise, as evidenced by the results of Deloitte's Digital Democracy Survey of 2,000 content consumers ages 14 and older. But with all those options at our fingertips, where do you begin? The latest prestige cable drama? Full seasons...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 6:10 AM
The Ogre is on the loose, and Jim is on the clock to find him before he finds Leigh.
But Leigh isn't the loved one the Ogre has chosen to use as retaliation against Jim. That would be Barbara.
Social media doesn't exist in "Gotham," so he can't go...
| Apr 11, 2015
| 12:04 PM
The Baltimore Police Department surprised many when it revealed recently that it has used a cellphone surveillance device known as a "stingray" 4,300 times since 2007.
But years earlier, in 2004, fictional Baltimore police officer Lester Freamon was...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 5:19 AM
We've spent the bulk of "Daredevil" watching Wilson Fisk puppeteer the police, media and every other organization tied to Hell's Kitchen, so it's easy to forger that our eventual Kingpin wasn't always master of all he surveys.
One episode after we...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 9:35 AM
One of my favorite shows that was canceled was 2007's "Pushing Daisies." It was a sweet and quirky love story about two people who couldn't touch because of a mysterious power that brings dead people back to life.
Lee Pace, who currently stars in the...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:08 PM
When he's not looking beyond the basketball court — and contemplating who is getting rich from college athletics and, more pointedly, who is not —Taylor Branch still enjoys the games.
"I watch the March Madness tournaments sporadically," the...