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Keep or cancel? Vote for your TV favorites

Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:11 PM Written by


Keep revised KC logo 2013In the Post-Gazette's Keep or Cancel? poll, you, the viewer, get to play programmer and vote for the shows you would renew and those your would send to the ever-expanding TV show graveyard.

Voting continues through Sunday and one vote per computer will be accepted.

The link to cast your ballot can be found after the jump. ...

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TV Q&A: 'Hannibal,' 'Rake' and a Mike Clark look-alike

Friday, 18 April 2014 09:35 AM Written by


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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 “Hannibal,” “Rake” and a Mike Clark look-alike. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Sundance TV's 'Writers' Room' visits 'Scandal'

Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:15 PM Written by

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Sundance TV's "The Writers' Room" (9 p.m. Friday), hosted by Jim Rash ("Community"), returns for a six-episode second season this week and begins with a look at the ABC series "Scandal."

"The Writers' Room" has ditched its first-season set -- designed to look like an actual writers room with guests seated around a long conference room table -- in favor of an exposed brick loft feel, which, while more pleasant, does nothing to replicate the look/feel of a real TV show writers' room.

"The Writers' Room" is probably more fun for those who do not follow TV closely. It does not offer a deep dive into the making of TV; it's more of a shallow dive.

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TV review: 'Salem' on WGN America

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:07 AM Written by

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Another cable network rushes into the original scripted programming fray this weekend with WGN America’s debut of “Salem” (10 p.m. Sunday), a loopy but-not-loopy-enough witch show.

Set in 17th-century Massachusetts, the “Salem” pilot is long on set-up and doesn’t get crazy until about 30 minutes in when a witch appears to give the Heimlich to a wheelchair bound elderly man, who vomits up a frog, which then appears to suck on the witch’s thigh before she shoves the frog back down her husband’s throat.

Perhaps if “Salem” had gone for the crazy earlier – a literal backwoods, witchcraft-induced abortion isn’t as sensational – it might be more appealing to viewers with an appreciation for cheesy TV. But the “Salem” pilot is rather plodding except when occasionally punctuated by these more gonzo scenes.

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'Pioneers of Television' returns to PBS

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:20 AM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- PBS's "Pioneers of Television" (8 tonight, WQED-TV) returns for a new season of four episodes, beginning with tonight's "Standup to Sitcom," which includes new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart and other comedians who made the transition to TV.

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