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About those opening credits in 'The Man in the High Castle'

Monday, 30 November 2015 12:00 AM Written by

Man in the High Castle blog

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Earlier this month I wrote about the visually stunning Amazon series "The Man in the High Castle," available now on the streaming service.

The show doesn't entirely live up to its sumptuous look but the stories do improve as it gets midway through its 10-episode first season.

Perhaps what's most striking about the series on a first viewing is its opening credits sequence. 

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Holiday programming starts earlier and earlier

Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:14 AM Written by

Wild Kratts Christmas

The Post-Gazette's annual holiday programming guide will publish in the Magazine section Friday, as it does every year the day after Thanksgiving, but that's not quite soon enough to capture all the holiday shows.

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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

Alaska Railroad

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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'Nature Cat' premieres on PBS Kids

Monday, 23 November 2015 12:00 AM Written by

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After seeing a trailer for PBS's new kids show "Nature Cat" (7:47 a.m. and 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, WQED-TV) in July, I was worried it might be too frantic. It's certainly less sedate than "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and "Peg + Cat" but probably in the same ballpark as "Odd Squad."

Still, I wondered how my 5-year-old son would react. Would it make him too hyper and wanting to act out what he sees on the screen, which is often the result when he watches Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland" or "The Lion Guard."

Turns out, he enjoyed "Nature Cat" but he didn't try to emulate the characters, many of whom are voice by "Saturday Night Live" stars.

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