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All aboard! 'Railroad Alaska' chugs into season two

Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:00 AM Written by

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Season two of Destination America's "Railroad Alaska" (10 p.m. Saturday) is more produced than ever.

The first episode features some painfully staged dialogue in the cab of a train as the crew -- newcomers Bill, George and Wanda -- goes to deliver equipment to help pull a bulldozer out after it fell through ice on a frozen lake.

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TruTV rebrands as comedy channel

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:40 AM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The last vestiges of TruTV’s former identity as Court TV will be wiped away Monday with the network’s re-launch as a destination for comedy fans.

“Our goal is to make truTV a fun ride for grown-ups, an upbeat alternative in the landscape where so many shows are looking and feeling so much the same,” said TruTV president and head of programming Chris Linn at a July press conference.

The evolution of TruTV began earlier this year with the May debut of “The Carbonaro Effect” starring magician/trickster Michael Carbonaro, which improve the network’s time period performance. That show is back with new episodes at 10 p.m. Oct. 30.

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Mister Rogers art featured in charity event

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:59 AM Written by


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Kait Schoeb, a 24-year-old Pittsburgh artist, has contributed a chair with a painting of Fred Rogers and characters from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on the seat to Magee Women's Hospital's "The Cradle will Rock" charity event put together by the Twenty-Five Club that raises funds for neonatal care and research.

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'Dancing with the Stars' pre-empted by Steelers tonight

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:42 AM Written by


Pittsburgh's WTAE is pre-empting "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle" with the Steelers game tonight but they're not airing "Dancing" in its usual pre-emption spot of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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'The Millers' is back on CBS

Monday, 20 October 2014 09:23 AM Written by

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CBS's disappointing sitcom "The Millers" returns for its second season on a new day tonight at 8:30. The show began with potential thanks to a talented cast that includes Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges and Will Arnett but the sitcom just wasn't that funny and their talents were squandered last year.

Now Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") has been added to the cast. We'll see if that helps make it any funnier (CBS did not make a review screener available by deadline).

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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 “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Parenthood” and “Full Throttle Saloon.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Ratings for Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" (9 p.m. Monday, WPGH) may be down in season two, but the show still has a very devoted following of loyal fans, which is pretty much the same trajectory of ABC's late, great "Twin Peaks."

"Peaks" had its own book spin-off, "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer," and now "Sleepy Hollow" gets "The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane" ($14.99, Three Rivers Press).

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The state of TV/film production in Western Pa.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:16 PM Written by

On Wednesday, Post-Gazette movie editor Barbara Vancheri and I had the chancel to ask Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer some questions about the state of TV/film production in Western Pennsylvania.

I was particularly interested to learn if North Carolina's decision to cut its film tax credit program to the bone might help spur more TV production locally.

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