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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss HBO's "Game of Thrones," "Silicon Valley" and "Veep."

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Top Comcast VOD titles nationally and in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:23 AM Written by

I'm always curious to see how Pittsburgh viewing habits compare to national viewing. Last month Comcast Xfinity sent out a list of the top TV shows on VOD for a 12-month period ending March 31.

See the national list below and the Pittsburgh list after the jump. ...

Top XOD Shows (All Markets) 

1 Game of Thrones (HBO)
2 The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
3 Empire (Fox)
4 Entourage (HBO)
5 Power (Starz)
6 Blue Bloods (CBS)
7 The Walking Dead (AMC)
8 Modern Family (ABC)
9 Homeland (Showtime)
10 Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)

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In June, Mosaic Records, the Connecticut-based jazz reissue label known for lavish, multi-disc packages of the music of certain artists or specific labels, will release Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions, an 8-CD collection tracing his recordings from his first work with Basie, just into New York from Kansas City, in a small spinoff group who recorded for Columbia as "Jones-Smith Limited" since the Basie Orchestra had a contract with the Decca label.

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How did period drama 'Houdini & Doyle' land on Fox?

Monday, 02 May 2016 02:00 PM Written by

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I wasn't wild about Fox's "Houdini & Doyle" (9 tonight, WPGH) in my review Sunday, but I am curious how a period drama would end up on Fox.

At a Fox press conference in January, executive producer David Shore said the show was a bargain. Or maybe he was kidding.

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Willie Nelson

Friday, 29 April 2016 07:33 AM Written by

In a depressing time for everyone with any musical passions, losing Prince, Merle Haggard, Lonnie Mack, Glenn Frey, Bowie and far too many others (and we aren't halfway through 2016), it's heartening to note the birthday of someone who's perservering on his 83rd birthday: Willie Hugh Nelson of Abbott, Texas.

This is a 1965 rarity: Willie appearing as a guest on The Porter Wagoner Show, Wagoner being the star and Grand Ole Opry vet who would introduce Dolly Parton to the world two years later when she joined his stage show.

The songs he sings are: "She's Not For You," "Darkness On The Face Of The Earth" (just released by RCA Victor) and "Hello Walls," the hit song he wrote for Faron Young in 1961.  The lead guitarist is Buck Trent of Wagoner's band the Wagonmasters,  later a regular (with his five-string banjo) on Hee-Haw.


April 18, 2016: Willie, his band, Jamey Johnson, Melonie Cannon and Chris Stapleton sing "I'll Fly Away" in tribute to his buddy and occasional recording and performing partner Merle Haggard at a show in Enid, Oklahoma.  They did their final album together, Django and Jimmie, last year.

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A colleague of mine once observed that efficiency is reduced when there are “too many chiefs and not enough Indians”. That remark correlates with my current view of the health industry. The health industry is a mess. Thanks to extremely transparent access in all media, everyone is a health expert.…

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  Jim McMahon, like many retired pro football players, suffers from the effects of multiple hits to the head. For McMahon, it led to intense pain coupled with pressure in his head, as well as memory loss. There was no escape from the throbbing each heartbeat pounded his head with.…

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