| May 14, 2013
| 1:35 PM
I saw it with my own eyes -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley standing centerstage Tuesday in the Oval Office.
Only it wasn't the one in Washington. It did, though, make for a light but fascinating kind of political-pop-culture-meta moment.
| May 14, 2013
| 12:24 PM
After releasing most of the trailers teasing its new shows on Monday, Fox rolled out two more trailers for a new drama called "Gang Related" and a comedy called "Surviving Jack."
The former stars Ramon Rodriguez ("Battle Los Angeles," "The Wire") and...
| May 8, 2013
| 7:26 AM
"The Wire" as a reality show?
That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions.
"Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:30 PM
NBC added another comedy and two dramas, including the "Chicago Fire" spinoff, to its new series roster for the 2013-14 season.
Laffer "Undateable" marks the Peacock's fifth new comedy series. "Ironside" (pictured) is a remake of the 1970s series,...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 2:19 PM
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was...
| May 5, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Among the pleasures of seeing an August Wilson play, it's often said, is just listening to the people talk.
As Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has noted, Wilson stocks his scripts with "natural raconteurs" and lets them soar in...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Just when you thought literary awards season was over, there were not one but two occasions to get dressed up and applaud great writers and their publications Thursday. They both took place in New York -- meaning we didn't have to hit the dry cleaner --...
| Dec 27, 2012
Like the television character he helped inspire, Donnie Andrews lived by a code.
In his earlier years, when he was robbing rival dealers as a young hustler in West Baltimore — experiences that would later form the basis for the popular Omar Little...
| Jan 22, 2013
Robert F. Chew
Baltimore-based actor on 'The Wire'
Robert F. Chew, 52, an actor and teacher who portrayed the drug kingpin Proposition Joe on the HBO series "The Wire," died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his Baltimore home,...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Now that the elections are over, what's good on TV?
There are many fine and steamy political dramas set in Chicago. "The Good Wife" and "Boss" are two of my favorites. Yet these shows, like so many others, revolve around white characters. If the...
| Feb 19, 2013
"We need to buy a movie studio."
Amid the conferences, panels, meetings and informal conversations in the wake of the presidential election, this idea has been a near constant among conservatives who feel like the country is slipping through their...