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David Zurawik
My Role

I am the TV/media critic at the Baltimore Sun. I write the Z on TV blog at baltimoresun.com. I also do a weekly radio report, "Media Matters: Take on Television," at Baltimore's public radio statioon WYPR-FM (88.1) as part of a content sharing agreement between the station and the Sun.
My Biography

I have been the Baltimore Sun's TV critic since 1989. Before that I was TV critic/columnist at the Dallas Times Herald. I earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (pop culture-media studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000. I have an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in specialized reporting (pop culture). I am the author of "The Jews of Prime Time," a look at 50 years of Jewish idenitity in front of behind the cameras of network TV (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003).
My Interests

TV and media.
My Recent Articles

Hillary Clinton survives her SNL visit mostly unscathed 10/4/2015
If you start from the premise that Hillary Clinton had no choice but to be on “Saturday Night Live” and try to look like she is on the inside of Kate McKinnon’s brilliant impersonation of her, then the candidate’s appearance was a success. But believe me, anything that worked in the sketch was...

TV wrestles with a taboo term 10/3/2015
From an elementary school student on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," to Whoopi Goldberg on "The View," the n-word has been getting a workout on TV this fall. And there's more prime-time use of it to come in the weeks ahead on sitcoms like the new NBC entry "Truth Be Told," debuting Oct. 16. It is one...

Strong CBS telecast of Ravens win marred by Simms call in overtime 10/2/2015
I have seen analysts reverse themselves plenty of times. But never in quite as confusing a fashion as Phil Simms seemed to do in overtime Thursday night in the Ravens' 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was 9:55 left in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in position to try a 50-yard...

'Serial' optioned for TV by Fox production company 10/1/2015
Fox 21 Television Studios, a Fox-owned production company, has optioned "Serial" for a possible TV series, according to Deadline . The TV production would offer a backstage look at the making of a podcast. The series would not cover the Baltimore case done during the first season of "Serial," which...

Trevor Noah has energy and charm, but what about political chops, interviewing skills? 9/28/2015
Let’s be honest, what can you really tell from 30 minutes of a first show, especially when it seems like a quarter of it is filled with ads for movies? You certainly can’t judge whether or not someone has what it takes to adequately fill even part of the space once occupied by an iconic performer...