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TV Q&A: 'Bones,' 'Babylon' and 'Twin Peaks'

Friday, 30 January 2015 04:34 PM Written by


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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 “Bones,” “Babylon” “Twin Peaks.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Rod McKuen's Earlier, Weirder Sides

Friday, 30 January 2015 06:29 AM Written by

 In days to come there'll be ample tributes to Rod McKuen, who died yesterday at 81. The bulk will cover his best known work.  It's not so likely those tributes will look at his earliest days in movies and records, long before he established his reputation Here are a few samples.

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Earlier this week Sam Smith, whose hit "Stay With Me" was nominated for a Grammy, reached an agreement with Tom Petty to share songwriter royalties since "Stay With Me" bore more than a passing resemblance to Petty's venerable anthem "I Won't Back Down." For the second time, this week's "Believe Your Ears" Podcast looks at the concept of "Borrowed Songs," tunes bearing more than a passing resemblance to earlier numbers.

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We're here to help you get Marathon Ready!

Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:00 PM Written by
Welcome to our training section, Marathon Ready. Starting this coming Tuesday, Feb. 3, and leading up to the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon/UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half-Marathon on May 3 our Wellness N'at fitness team in collaboration with the Post-Gazette food writer Gretchen McKay and other PG colleagues will provide articles,…

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Fans and detractors of local TV news alike may get a kick out of TruTV's reality comedy series "Breaking Greenville" (10:30 tonight).

Set among two rival stations in market No. 190 (out of 215) in Greenville, Miss., "Breaking Greenville" follows the staffs of perennial ratings-winner WABG and up-and-coming WXVT as they cover local news in a market where "breaking news" happens only every six months, according to one reporter.

The show's focus is on rival morning show anchors, Lucy Biggers (above, left) at WABG and Callie Carroll at WXVT (above, right).

Biggers wants to grow up to be Kelly Ripa, which at least seems more likely than growing up to be a network news anchor after she high-fives one of her interview subjects.

Carroll steps on a scale for sweeps and goes on a weight loss program with her co-anchor for reports sponsored by a fast food chain (tsk, tsk to commercialism in the sancrosanct bounds of a newscast). 

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tuned in podcast logoPost-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss "Empire," "Galavant" and PBS's "Great British Baking Show."

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lombardiSuper Bowl week is upon America. While #DeflateGate (cringe) has cast a massive shadow over the game itself, it’s important to remember that the actual game still has to be played on Sunday. Thanks to "Madden 15," an Xbox One, Twitch and a capture card, I’m going to host my own “Virtual Super Bowl Virtual Party” tonight!

The party will consist of a full length game of “Madden 15” between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks streaming live on  at 9:00 p.m. eastern. The game will be completely handled by the "Madden 15" A.I. I’ll watch for the duration of the game and chat about football, video games or anything else with anyone who chooses to stop by and participate in the Twitch chat.

There’s only one game of NFL football left in the 2014 season, and football withdrawal is all too real. For those of you like me who just can’t let it go, tune into tonight at 9:00 p.m. to watch a virtual preview of the big game!








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Intriguing 'Fortitude' is Pivot's polar 'Broadchurch'

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:47 AM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- BBC America’s “Broadchurch” is set in a seaside town and Pivot’s new “Fortitude” is set in the Arctic, but they’re otherwise similar murder mysteries with strong casts and a bevy of suspects.

Like so many scripted cable series today, the setting is what distinguishes “Fortitude.” (And even the Arctic setting isn’t entirely unique after “Helix” on Syfy.)

“Fortitude” kicks off Thursday at 10 with a two-hour premiere that spends most of its first hour introducing possible suspects for the murder that occurs in the second hour. (It was wise for Pivot to edit these two episodes together; the first hour doesn’t end on a strong enough note to get viewers back without the whodunit guessing game the second hour provides.)

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