With the Baltimore Ravens playing in today’s Super Bowl, it’s a good time to list five TV shows that took place in that Maryland city famous for crabs, Camden Yards and “Hairspray.” Just to make things fun, we decided the shows could not be named “The Wire” or “Homicide: Life on the Street”:
v “Hot l Baltimore” (ABC, 1975): Norman Lear adapted the racy Off-Broadway play about a run-down Baltimore hotel for TV, battling censors every step of the way.
v “Diner” (CBS, 1983): CBS ordered a pilot for a TV series based on Barry Levinson’s acclaimed movie about a group of pals in late-1950s Baltimore. Levinson wrote and directed the pilot, which starred Paul Reiser and James Spader. Alas, it never became a series, but the pilot aired once, in August 1983.
v “Flesh ’n’ Blood” (NBC, 1991): In this short-lived sitcom, Lisa Darr played a career- obsessed Baltimore district attorney whose life gets turned upside down when her mountaineer brother (David Keith) and his family, whom she had never met, move in with her.
v “Roc” (Fox, 1991-94): Charles S. Dutton starred in this well-regarded sitcom as Roc Emerson, a Baltimore sanitation man with a big heart.
v “One on One” (UPN, 2001-06): Flex Alexander starred as Flex Washington, a Baltimore sportscaster who becomes custodial parent to his teenage daughter (Kyla Pratt) when his ex-wife moves to Nova Scotia.
SUPER BOWL XLVII (6:25 P.M., CBS): The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens wage battle in New Orleans. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Superdome, while Beyonce provides the halftime entertainment.
“Puppy Bowl IX” (3 p.m., Animal Planet): The action in “Puppy Bowl IX” should be off the leash as cute critters clash once again. Even better: There’s a blimp piloted by hamsters. Yes, we’re easily entertained.
“Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS): After a long day of football and antacids, “Elementary” will try its best to keep you on the couch to watch Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) track down another bad guy.
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AfterSchool theater offers ‘Love Letters’
AfterSchool Arts will present “Love Letters,” starring John and Leigh Cox, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Garage Theater, 7206 Market St.
Proceeds will benefit Help Hotline’s crisis and suicide prevention and intervention efforts. Tickets for the PG-13 play are $15 ($10 for seniors and students). Call 330-518-4064 for reservations.
Polka group to host its paczki dance
Penn-Ohio Polka Pals will host the 11th annual Fat Tuesday paczki dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 12 at Kuzman’s, 1025 S. State St.
The dance will feature music by the Polka Tones and Polka Magic. Val Pawlowski will serve as master of ceremonies. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the Paczki Queen. The event will feature free snacks, beads, paczkis and a cash bar. Admission is $8.