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Is 'South of Hell' the 'Showgirls' of TV exorcist dramas?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:29 AM Written by


It's been more than a year since WEtv started production on the Eli Roth ("Hemlock Grove") executive produced exorcism drama series "South of Hell" and the show is finally seeing the light of day with its entire first season being burned off made available for binge viewing with in an all-day marathon beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. That means the final episode will wrap up just before 2 a.m. Saturday. I don't care how hip binge viewing is these days -- TBS will roll out its comedy "Angie Tribeca" with a marathon of its first season Jan. 17 followed by weekly episodes of season two starting Jan. 25 -- I just can't believe the "South of Hell" scheduling is anything but a burn off.

(I kept tabs on "South of Hell" awaiting an interview with Pittsburgh native Lamman Rucker, one of the show's stars. A publicist pitched the interview more than a year ago when Rucker was cast in the project but when it came time to do an interview this month, Rucker was unavailable for about two weeks before my deadline. Or maybe he just doesn't want attention for this turkey and prefers to wait until his next series, OWN's "Greenleaf," launches in 2016)

When the project was announced in 2014, "South of Hell" was supposed to have an eight-episode first season. But when WEtv announced the show's premiere, only seven episodes are part of the marathon. My guess, WEtv decided to cut its losses before episode eight could be produced.

Also, the show is awful.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo joins me to discuss “The Man in the High Castle,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and Thanksgiving TV traditions.

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'Railroad Alaska' chugs back for its third season

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:41 PM Written by

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The timing didn't work out to revisit Destination America's "Railroad Alaska" (10 p.m. Saturdays) when it returned for its third season earlier this month but since I was going to have to watch it anyway -- it's the live-action favorite of my 5 year old who calls it "Real Trains in the Snow" -- I wanted to check back in on the series that changed its cast from season one to season two, much to my son's chagrin.

And guess what? The cast of engineers has gotten a slight makeover for the show's third season, too.

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Cary Tedder, Mary Michael Patterson and David Elder in Music Theatre of Wichitas "Singin' in the Rain," which arrived at Pittsburgh CLO in 2014.

A new production of "Singin' in the Rain" that debuted at Theatre du Chatelet of Paris, the same theater that partnered with Pittsburgh CLO on multi-Tony Award winner "An American in Paris," is coming to Broadway. Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Live Entertainment is expected to produce the limited run, according to Variety.

A stage production of "Singin' in the Rain," based on the classic 1952 musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, played Broadway from July 1985 to May 1986 and starred Don Correia and Mary D'Arcy. The Comden-Green screenplay was adapted for the stage with additional music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed.

The new production is directed by Robert Carsen with music director Stephen Betteridge and choreography by Stephen Mear ("Mary Poppins").

No dates or casting announcements have been made. The Parisian production stars Dan Burton, Daniel Crossley, Clare Halse and Emma Kate Nelson.

Pittsburgh CLO's 2014 season included a production of "Singin' in the Rain," starring David Elder, Mary Michael Patterson and as Cosmo, Cary Tedder, who is now on Broadway in "Dames at Sea."

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NO SPOILERS: Episode 6 of Fargo Season 2 had no real music last wek. Episode 7 titled “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!” makes up for it. Without revealing anything, it may be the best and most riveting episode of either season, with unbelievable twists and turns.  In two cases, the songs heard on the episode aren't available, so I've added well known versions of each.  That happens sometimes.  The versions on the episode will no doubt be on the Season 2 soundtrack album,.

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re-Mark-able benefit tonight at AWC

Monday, 23 November 2015 02:50 PM Written by


If not for a miserable cold, I know where I'd be tonight: the re-MARK-able benefit for Mark Clayton Southers, to further support the leader of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company in his recovery from seemingly insurmountable injuries suffered in a May car accident. The benefit tonight at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) with a reception featuring entertainment and some surprises and a cash bar from 8 to 9 p.m., with food provided by The Swing Truck. 

For details about this re-MARK-able night, visit Go Fund Me.

Achoo. Sneeeeze.

Bless you.


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Nashville Pop vs. Nashville Country

Monday, 23 November 2015 10:22 AM Written by

I've said it in my podcasts, on this blog and elsewhere. A fair amount of today's contemporary country music is really not country in any defined way. That does not mean, whether I like it or not, that it's not valid. A lot of what I hear falls into the category of something I call Nashville Pop. I'm thinking of acts like Sugarland and Little Big Town in particular, as well as newer groups like Old Dominion who have little connection with country under even the most liberal definition. My opinion, nothing more.

The notion of Nashville Pop, however, goes back nearly 70 years, and encompasses some of the most beloved recordings in American pop or rock music.  Some are on this select list. Bob Dylan's Nashville recordings (Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait) also fit this profile. I've finished with the best known of thost Nashville recordings.

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TheOldHuntersCoverThe PlayStation 4 was in dire need of a coveted, must-play title early in 2015. “Bloodborne” marked the first exclusive on the platform to be worthy of this status. Its awe-inspiring world building and unrivaled sense of discovery and satisfaction can only be found in works by Hidetaka Miyazaki. Now, more than 10 months later, “Bloodborne” is taking its victory lap with “The Old Hunters” DLC.

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