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Last chance to vote in the annual Keep or Cancel? poll

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It's time again for the Keep or Cancel? poll, giving viewers a chance to play programmer and vote for shows from the 2014-15 TV season to keep or cancel. To see what's in danger, read this column.

Voting closes at the end of the day Sunday, April 26.

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Downton Abbey,” “Law & Order: UK” and a reporter seen on WPXI. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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There's a Pittsburgher in the new season of 'Masterchef'

Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:38 PM Written by

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Fox announced its cast for the sixth season of "Masterchef" (8 p.m. May 20) and there's a Pittsburgher on board this time.

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Mimi Kennedy's a terrific addition to CBS's 'Mom'

Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:37 PM Written by

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BURBANK, Calif. -- Actress Mimi Kennedy (above with arm raised) wasn't a part of CBS's "Mom" (9:30 tonight, KDKA-TV) when it debuted in fall 2013, but she was added early in the show's first season as Marjorie, a support group member who frequently clashes with Allison Janney's Bonnie.

This season Marjorie's been dealing with cancer, and that storyline plays out further in tonight's episode.

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The passings of Pittsburgh blues legend Chizmo Charles and Wally Lester, an original member of The Skyliners, made it worth looking for some prime video of both. Scott Mervis has handled it in two fine obits. No need for commentary. Enjoy and reflect...

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"Glee's" Tina, Jenna Ushkowitz, and "Guiding Light" stars Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman are among the featured players announced for Pittsburgh CLO’s 2015 summer season. Here's the rest:

MARY POPPINS, June 9 - 21
Lindsey Bliven joins Pittsburgh CLO for the first time in the title role of Mary Poppins. Her credits include the National Tours of Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma! and The Wizard of Oz.  In addition, she appeared as Mary Poppins at The Walnut Street Theatre and Music Theatre Wichita.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theater Performance from The University of Oklahoma, Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre.

David Elder returns to Pittsburgh CLO as Bert after starring as Don Lockwood in Pittsburgh CLO’s 2014 critically-acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain.  Mr. Elder previously appeared in the Broadway productions of Curtains, 42nd Street; Kiss Me, Kate; Titanic; Once Upon a Mattress; Beauty and the Beast; Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls. He recently starred as Bert at The Walnut Street Theatre and Music Theatre Wichita’s productions of Mary Poppins where he showcased “a big, broad smile that draws us into the wonder of this show!” –

Mason Park first burst onto the small screen in Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and has amassed a multitude of impressive credits in his young career spanning television, film and stage.  He was introduced to Pittsburgh CLO through the National High School Musical Theater Awards, during which time he was featured on PBS’s reality series “Broadway or Bust.”  Mr. Alexander is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut in the roles of Miss Andrews, Miss Smythe and Queen Victoria.  He is currently a student at Point Park University and is the founder of P.A.R.K. Productions.

GYPSY, July 10 – 19
Robert Newman returns to Pittsburgh CLO to play Herbie after appearances in The Full Monty and A Little Night Music. He has guest-starred on several television shows including “Homeland,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Santa Barbara,” “General Hospital” and his celebrated role as Josh Lewis on “Guiding Light.”  Mr. Newman has been nominated for four Soap Opera Digest awards for his role as Josh Lewis. In addition, he was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Amanda Rose last appeared on the Pittsburgh CLO stage as Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard and returns to Pittsburgh in the role of Louise.  She previously starred as Nessarose in the Broadway and National Touring production of WICKED in addition to her work on the National Tours of Doctor Dolittle and Oklahoma! Ms. Rose has starred in productions for Walnut Street Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus and Goodspeed Opera House in addition to many others throughout the country.

Kim Zimmer makes her Pittsburgh CLO debut as Mama Rose.  She is best known for her role as Reva Shayne on CBS’s “Guiding Light,” for which she won four Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.  She also appeared on “Seinfeld,” “Babylon 5,” “University Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” “Designing Women” and countless other television shows.  Her work in the theater includes the National Tour of WICKED and countless regional roles.  She joins her former co-star on “Guiding Light,” Robert Newman, in this American musical masterpiece.

THE WEDDING SINGER, July 24 – August 2
Kirsten Scott is a Pittsburgh native and Carnegie Mellon University graduate who counts among her many credits Broadway roles in Jersey Boys, Big Fish, Follies and Hairspray.  She returns to Pittsburgh CLO as Holly after appearing in Curtains in 2010.     

Matthew Scott charmed audiences last summer as Emmett in Pittsburgh CLO’s Legally Blonde The Musical.  He now returns as Robbie to join his wife Kirsten Scott, in the cast of The Wedding Singer. Mr. Scott appeared in the Broadway productions of Sondheim on Sondheim, Jersey Boys, A Catered Affairand The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in addition to regional roles in Beaches, Company, The Light in the Piazza, Sunset Boulevard (Pittsburgh CLO, opposite Liz Callaway), among many others.

Jenna Ushkowitz is making her  CLO debut as Julia, the role first made performed by Drew Barrymore in the film “The Wedding Singer.”  Ms. Ushkowitz began her career on the set of “Sesame Street" and went on to appear in episodes of “Reading Rainbow,” “As the World Turns,” and many other TV series before making her Broadway debut in The King and I in 1996.  Ms. Ushkowitz returned to Broadway in Spring Awakening in 2008 alongside future co-star Lea Michele before they both hit it big on in the Fox television show “Glee.” 

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Gloria Reuben's just-released album on Pittsburgh-based MCG Jazz, with backing by a group of largely Pittsburgh jazz musicians.

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MKX coverThe Mortal Kombat series has carved its own space within the fighting genre. Popularity within the genre is usually achieved through high level play at tournaments like Evo. If a game headlines there, it’s reached the pinnacle of the genre. But “Mortal Kombat” has found a way to appeal casual fighting game fans, while being a part of that tournament scene.


Other games in the space could benefit from taking some of the ideas in “MK 9” and recently “MK X.” The game is packed with offerings that are more substantial than just local versus matches and online multiplayer. While offering this abundance of content, “MK X” suffers from a bloat of downloadable content. Both the fighting genre and the “Mortal Kombat” series would benefit from observing each other.

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