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TV review: 'Salem' on WGN America

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:00 AM Written by

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Another cable network rushes into the original scripted programming fray this weekend with WGN America’s debut of “Salem” (10 p.m. Sunday), a loopy but-not-loopy-enough witch show.

Set in 17th-century Massachusetts, the “Salem” pilot is long on set-up and doesn’t get crazy until about 30 minutes in when a witch appears to give the Heimlich to a wheelchair bound elderly man, who vomits up a frog, which then appears to suck on the witch’s thigh before she shoves the frog back down her husband’s throat.

Perhaps if “Salem” had gone for the crazy earlier – a literal backwoods, witchcraft-induced abortion isn’t as sensational – it might be more appealing to viewers with an appreciation for cheesy TV. But the “Salem” pilot is rather plodding except when occasionally punctuated by these more gonzo scenes.

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Today's "Believe Your Ears" PG music podcast features my review of Ronnie Milsap's new album Summer Number Seventeen, an album of newly recorded versions of R&B, country and pop oldies, not unlike Martina McBride's new R&B cover album Everlasting.  The singer appears at the Palace Theater in Greensburg on May 18.

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BorderlandsPrecoverWith two “Borderlands” games in the bag for 2K Games, the gameplay of the third game should be easily predicted. There will be guns, there will be looting and there will be comedy. But 2K Australia, along with some help from Gearbox, look to be shaking up the formula in the series’ third installment.

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'Pioneers of Television' returns to PBS

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:20 AM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- PBS's "Pioneers of Television" (8 tonight, WQED-TV) returns for a new season of four episodes, beginning with tonight's "Standup to Sitcom," which includes new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart and other comedians who made the transition to TV.

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Keep or cancel? Vote for your TV favorites

Monday, 14 April 2014 03:00 PM Written by


Keep revised KC logo 2013In the Post-Gazette's Keep or Cancel? poll, you, the viewer, get to play programmer and vote for the shows you would renew and those your would send to the ever-expanding TV show graveyard.

Voting continues through April 20th and one vote per computer will be accepted.

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