Arts, Entertainment, Living

Web series that inspired ABC's 'Downward Dog' posted

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 02:49 PM Written by

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We've been reporting since last fall that the ABC pilot "Downward Dog" is based on an unreleased web series created by Pittsburgh-based Animal, Inc.

But now that web series has been released to YouTube in an effort to goose interest in the TV show, which ABC ordered to series in May and is expected to air the eight-episode first season in early 2017.

Watch the "Downward Dog" web series that inspired the ABC comedy starring Allison Tolman after the jump. ...

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Freeform goes to camp with 'Dead of Summer'

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:01 AM Written by

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Freeform's "Dead of Summer" (9 tonight) might as well be called "Pretty Little Camp Counselors."

Ostensibly an ode to summer camp horror flicks of the '80s, "Dead of Summer" seems well suited as companion programming to Freeform's long-running hit, "Pretty Little Liars."

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Nat Geo debuts 'No Man Left Behind'

Monday, 27 June 2016 12:09 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- National Geographic Channel’s six-part series “No Man Left Behind” – from the producers of “Locked Up Abroad” -- kicks off at 9 p.m. Tuesday with “The Real Black Hawk Down,” about the 1993 downing of two Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu that inspired a book and feature film. The series combines interviews, archival footage and re-enactments to tell its stories.

“They're always hard to watch,” said Keni Tomas, who is played by an actor (pictured above). “You've lived it. For it to be entertaining seems just odd. I could tell you, the attention to detail is always good. I think they really do care about getting the equipment and the gear right. But, I mean, how do you recreate that kind of extraordinary ‑‑ I can't even ‑‑ as many times as I've told the story, I can't find another way to describe that different level of reality.”

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Dolly Parton: Pure, Simple And Full Circle

Monday, 27 June 2016 06:22 AM Written by


Dolly Parton's "Pure And Simple" tour hits Pittsburgh tomorrow at Console Energy Center. One of the selling points is her celebrating her simpler and traditional roots, performing with a bare-bones band, free of the overblown visual light shows, smoke bombs and other BS contemporary "country" acts embrace. 

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Given the choice of having a pig or a banjo, in 1928, 11 years old Ralph Edmund Stanley chose the banjo. American Music was better for it. His passing after a battle with skin cancer wasn't unexpected. His grandson Nathan passed the word on social media some weeks ago. Known for his superb five-string banjo work and eerie, haunting vocals, he was the one of the last major first-generation bluegrass bandleaders still standing. His passing last night at age 89 leaves a permanent void.  The survivors are Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman and Bobby Osborne.

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Hide your wallets! The Steam Summer Sale is upon us. It happens every year at this time. Thousands of new and old PC games receive heavy discounts on the Steam marketplace. You’d be a fool not to buy every game on sale, right?!


But beware. The Steam Summer Sale has bankrupted many. It’s impossible to resists its bargains like Stan Marsh walking through a Walmart in the wee hours of the morning. That’s why I’m here to help you find some of the best deals on the store. It’s only day 1, and the sale goes all the way to July 4. Pace yourself. You have to pick and choose the best games at the best discounts.


Here are the best finds on Day 1 of the Steam Summer Sale:

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USA tries to break bad, debuts 'Queen of the South'

Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:00 AM Written by

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Drug kingpin sagas are not new to TV. Netflix has "Narcos." AMC did "Breaking Bad." Once upon a time NBC had "Kingpin."

Now USA introduces "Queen of the South" (10 tonight). Call it queenpin.

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