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H.R. Pufnstuf returns to TV

Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:00 AM Written by

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H.R. Pufnstuf, that dragon character from Living Island on the 1970s Saturday morning Sid & Marty Krofft show of the same name, makes a return to TV next week on Nickelodeon.

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'Outsiders' episode three review/recap

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:14 AM Written by

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Episode three of WGN America's "Outsiders," which aired Tuesday, contains the two scenes I watched them film last June, including the groom trudging through a gauntlet to reach his bride. It's an interesting little scene that doesn't advance character but does offer more color on the Farrell society.

I like when the show offers these elements but part of me also wishes for something more concrete, some sort of Farrell 101 exposition, but "Outsiders" seems like the kind of show that will only dole out such details in drips and drabs, relying on viewers to remember and piece it all together (fat chance of me being able to do that with so many other shows to keep track of). 

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss “Super Bowl 50" commercials, the end of "The Good Wife," "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and "The Artful Detective."

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CBS's 'The Good Wife' plots its farewell

Monday, 08 February 2016 11:59 PM Written by

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"The Good Wife" creators/writers Michelle King and Robert King said they didn't know until recently that this would be the final year of their series even though they planned to leave the show at the end of this seventh season regardless. Only in the past week did CBS decide to announce the show's conclusion during Sunday's "Super Bowl 50" telecast.

"The story won't change from what we were intending," Michelle King said of CBS's decision to conclude the series, "but it allows us to be a little more definitive. We'll be writing in pen instead of pencil."

Note: Episode titles for the series began as one-word titles in season one, then went to two words in season two and so on until after season four when the number of words in each episode title began declining by one word per season until the current seventh season when episode titles are back to one word again. So the Kings had planned to end the show -- or at least their involvement -- since at least season four. In January CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller suggested CBS was considering continuing the show without the Kings but in the current era where cable networks give showrunners a lot of creative license, that would have been seen as poor form.

Robert King said the writers have completed the 18th episode of the final season and have plotted through episode 20 in the 22-episode season.

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Rating the Super Bowl 50 commercials

Monday, 08 February 2016 10:22 AM Written by

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In Friday's column, Duquesne University marketing professor Audrey Guskey mentioned how so many Super Bowl ads are released before the game and how this sort of ruins the magic of the ads and has led viewers to say the commercials have not been as good in recent years.

So this year, I made a point of avoiding the ads before the game to see if I still felt -- as I have in recent years -- that the Super Bowl spots are less impressive than in the past.

And guess what? Not watching the ads in advance did nothing to make me fall in love with the spots as they aired during the game Sunday night. Some were funny, some were cute but often my reaction was just "meh."

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss “Outsiders," "Grease: Live!" and "Downton Abbey."

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'Outsiders' episode two review/recap

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:30 AM Written by

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If there was as unexepected element in episode one of WGN America's "Outsiders," it was the impact of the Farrells on townies, particularly the impact of Farrell wine that presumably had a role in making a townie boy murder his father (or step-father, the relationship wasn't entirely clear).

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