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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 “The Crazy Ones,” “The Millers” and “Doc Martin.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'Game of Thrones' as a 1970s sitcom

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:10 AM Written by

Another disastrous wedding followed by sibling incest rape, it's been a busy season already on HBO's "Game of Thrones" and we're just three episodes in.

But you can imagine how it would have all been different if "GOT" were a 1970s sitcom.

Watch how a crafty editor has re-imagined the show after the jump. ...

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TV review: 'Black Box' on ABC

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:34 PM Written by

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As “Grey’s Anatomy” winds to a close – it will be back for the 2014-15 TV season, but surely its days are numbered – it’s not surprising that ABC is trying to find another medical show with a strong female lead.

But “Black Box” (10 p.m. Thursday, WTAE) probably won’t turn out to be the “Grey’s” successor. It will likely prove too gonzo for some viewers and not smart or subtle enough for others.

The series focuses on Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly), a New York neurologist who attempts to unwrap the brain’s mysteries while keeping her own counsel on her bi-polar diagnosis.

“The brain is the ultimate mystery: That’s why doctors call it the ‘black box,’” she says, explaining the show’s title, which is both too on-the-nose (Get it, the doctor’s name is Black!) and easily misconstrued as dirtier than intended slang.

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TV review: 'Faking It' on MTV

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:58 PM Written by

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It's not often that a TV writer rises to the level of a household name, though it does happen more often nowadays. Certainly Aaron Sorkin ("The Newsroom"), Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal") and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men") have come more into the public consciousness. But there's another writer who deserves the accolades, too, because he's now made three quality series in a row.

Carter Covington wrote "Greek" (2007-11) for ABC Family, adapted "10 Things I Hated About You" (2009-10) for TV and now he's responsible for MTV's "Faking It" (10:30 tonight). Because these are all teen shows, Covington will never get the credit he deserves, but when it comes to building realistic, entertaining teen characters, there's no one better working in television today.

"Faking It" follows best friends Karma (Katie Stevens, "American Idol") and Amy (Rita Volk, "The Hungover Games"), who are mistaken by classmates at a liberal Austin, Texas, school as a lesbian couple, a label they embrace to further their popularity.

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'Those Who Kill': Episode 6

Monday, 21 April 2014 08:54 PM Written by

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In Sunday's "Those Who Kill," the rhymes with shmag-off word got used within the first minute! Still no Yinzer accents though.

The episode began with Jensen cutting -- open a box, not her skin as she usually does -- as she moved into her new loft-like apartment, complaining about her step-father's Mt. Washington condo, which he charged her $25 a month to rent.

Then she burned a photo of her mother because, you know, Jensen is damaged, freaking out her medical examiner bestie who was helping with the move.

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