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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 “Haven,” TV cameras in the courtroom and an MIA local TV news reporter. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Halloween Songs X 4 (Jazz, Big Band, R&B, Country)

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:36 AM Written by

These four songs pretty much speak for themselves.

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'Mom' is back for season two

Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:22 PM Written by

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Last season CBS debuted the sitcom "Mom" (8:30 tonight, KDKA-TV) and it seemed a little smarter and funnier than the average CBS show. And it also had a setting that distinguished itself from much of what's on TV: It's not about people who are well off. Instead, it's about a lower income family. And they have problems, sometimes big problems (addiction, teen pregnancy, giving the child up for adoption, etc.).

This has been done before, of course, but not that often recently.

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The Evil Within boxartThe final release of “The Evil Within” completes the roller coaster ride I’ve had with the title. In a twist more shocking than anything the story could’ve provided, the ride ended on a high peak rather than the expected ghastly drop. My expectation couldn’t have been lower for this game following a PAX East demo that was, without exaggeration, the worst live demo that I have ever witnessed. Everything about “The Evil Within” seemed like it took everything good about modern game world building, threw it out the window and instead replicated a game from the early 2000’s.

Thankfully, “The Evil Within” stands as a chief example that previews and demos are not indicative of the final product. It didn’t have to do much to exceed my expectations, but I wasn’t prepared for “The Evil Within” to be what “Resident Evil” should have been for the past six years. “The Evil Within” is the second coming of “Resident Evil 4.”

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Vintage Bluegrass Compilation Has A Pittsburgh Connection

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 01:45 PM Written by

This week's Believe Your Ears PG music podcast reviews The WDON Recordings 1963 by Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians, 22 live recordings of the much-admired Washington D.C. Based bluegrass band from WDON radio in the D.C. suburb of Wheaton Maryland.

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CBS introduces 'The McCarthys'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:28 AM Written by

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Near the end of the pilot for CBS sitcom “The McCarthys” – after Ronny (Tyler Ritter) has been feted with a gay bar-themed party by his smothering mother (Laurie Metcalf) – Ronny observes that his family is “sweet, awkward and at times offensive.” The same can be said of this sitcom, debuting Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on KDKA-TV.

Fans of traditional, multi-camera comedies may enjoy the warm familiarity of the show’s family living room setting, its recognizable characters (re: caricatures) and their oh-when-will-they-learn embrace of stereotypes.

Viewers accustomed to the sophisticated comedy of, say, “30 Rock” or “Parks and Recreation,” are more likely to turn up their noses at the musty funk that emanates from the show.

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Vexing Vocabulary: What are Calories?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:59 AM Written by
  What is a calorie? We know it as a measurement commonly used when discussing food, but what does it represent? Too simplify things; the calorie is a measure of expended energy. When we talk about our diet, calories are assigned from 3 main sources: carbohydrates, fats and protein (our…

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Another comedy for USA: 'Benched'

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:42 PM Written by


USA Network has yet to cancel or renew its most recent comedy, "Playing House," so it's not clear why the network thinks distrustful, frustrated viewers will bother to turn up for its newest comedy, "Benched" (10:30 tonight).

Former "Happy Endings" star Eliza Coupe headlines "Benched," a funny enough comedy set in legal circles that gets off to a weak start but quickly recovers. 

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