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Last year Lifetime had a hit with a one-off movie starring Christina Ricci as infamous parent-killer Lizzie Borden.

So, naturally, the network opted for a follow-up miniseries that jumps off the true story and pretty much makes up what happens after the trial where Lizzie was aquitted of the murders in "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles," an eight-episode limited series (10 p.m. Sunday).

The tone of this series is pretty much set by the cheeky tag line in its ads: "She's got an ax to grind." Indeed she does.

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Kal Penn drives data in 'The Big Picture' on Nat Geo

Monday, 30 March 2015 01:50 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Actor Kal Penn ("Battle Creek") hosts National Geographic Channel's new series "The Big Picture" (9 and 9:30 tonight), which uses data to explain everyday aspects of life, from sex to food.

The series debuts with episodes devoted to "Crime Inc." (9 tonight) and "Treasure Hunt" (9:30 tonight).

"The idea behind 'The Big Picture' was to take all the big data we're constantly bombarded with and find a way to present it in a compelling and relevant manner using new ways to visualize the world," explained Nat Geo president Tim Pastore at a January press conference. "Maps are no longer just about geography anymore.  They can tell us all kinds of things about the human experience from a very micro level to a very macro level."

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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 “House of Cards,” “The Good Witch” and a departed WTAE reporter. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Voting opens in PG's annual Keep or Cancel? poll

Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:23 PM Written by

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It's time again for the Keep or Cancel? poll to open, giving viewers a chance to play programmer and vote for shows from the 2014-15 TV season to keep or cancel.

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Tuned In podcast: 'Glee,' 'The Royals' and 'iZombie'

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00 AM Written by

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss "Glee," "The Royals" and "iZombie."

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More TV news bloopers

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:00 AM Written by

God bless the person who puts together these TV news blooper reels. One from January went up a while back and it's included below and the February edition can be found after the jump.

The January clip contains some mild, fleeting profanity, lots of Tom Brady saying "balls" and shows what happens when you send a young, inexperienced reporter -- who presumably did not grow up in a snowy part of the country -- out to cover snow.

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HBO debuts Scientology doc 'Going Clear'

Monday, 23 March 2015 08:39 AM Written by

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However one feels about Scientology as a religion, HBO’s “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” (8 p.m. Sunday) offers devastating testimonials by former high-ranking church members about the alleged operating principles and alleged abuses by church leaders.

The church has denied the film’s allegations in print ads, through a Twitter account, online article in a church publication and somewhat childish-sounding take-downs of the film’s participants. (Rather than responding directly to charges made in the film, a church spokesperson ignored questions from The Hollywood Reporter and instead tried to dish dirt on the movie's participants, which does little to help the church's credibility.)

Based on the book by Lawrence Wright, who appears as an on-screen talking head, “Going Clear” is written and directed by Alex Gibney, who previously made the sex-abuse-in-the-Catholic-Church documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” It's an interesting and damning film but not as engrossing as HBO's recent "The Jinx" series.

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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 “CSI,” “Lt. Joe Kenda: Homicide Hunter” and The Weather Channel. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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