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ID's Joe Kenda sees the world in black and white

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:00 AM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. --  Investigation Discovery's "Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda" (10 tonight) has struck a chord with viewers, drawing 3.8 million viewers (live + 3 day) to its Aug. 18 fifth season premiere.

I revisited the Kenda phenomenon last month both because he's a Western Pennsylvania native and because I hear from viewers all the time who want to get in touch with him in hopes that he will help them solve a criminal cold case (I think maybe I was one of the few TV writers to acknowledge the show in its early years and that's why so many people try to get to Kenda through me). It seemed like a public service to disabuse them of the possibility that this would happen.

Kenda is an almost hypnotizing figure. At the TV critics press tour last month, a panel of ID stars was on stage for a press conference and I asked the first question to Kenda. After hearing his blunt -- he's always blunt -- response, a rarity for any press conference stage, many more questions were directed at him.

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Tuned In podcast: 'Mr. Robot,' 'Suits' and 'Killjoys'

Monday, 31 August 2015 12:27 PM Written by

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson joins me to discuss USA's "Mr. Robot" and "Suits" and Syfy's "Killjoys."

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead," Hulu's "Difficult People" and HBO's "Show Me a Hero."

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- UPDATE: Tonight's "Mr. Robot" season finale has been postponed due to plot similarities to today's fatal shooting of a TV news crew in Virginia, per The Hollywood Reporter.

"The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time," the network said in a statement.

The finale will now air at 10 p.m. Sept. 2.

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USA's "Mr. Robot" (10 tonight) wraps its first season tonight with an episode that star Rami Malek, who plays drug-addicted hallucinator Elliot, said ends on a cliffhanger. Maybe.

"It depends on how you view things," he said at an NBC party earlier this month at Spago.

Doesn't it always with "Mr. Robot."

In recent weeks the series has offered several revelations, including that the Christian Slater character, AKA Mr. Robot, is actually Elliot's deceased father. And fellow hacker Darlene (Carly Chaiken "Suburgatory") is his sister. Unless they're not.

"I think there will be more conclusive evidence for everyone's theory," Malek said a week before the Mr. Robot reveal episode aired.

Some "Mr. Robot" fans have long-speculated that the Christian Slater character does not exist, a la Tyler Durden in "Fight Club." I bought into that theory for a while but in other episodes viewers saw Mr. Robot meet and have a conversation with Darlene, which, if he was in Elliot's imagination, wouldn't Elliot have to have been present for that scene, too?

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Latest Rick Sebak food specials debut on PBS nationally

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 07:39 PM Written by

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The latest national specials from WQED poducer Rick Sebak debut back-to-back tonight with "A Few Good Pie Places" at 8 p.m. and "A Few Great Bakeries" at 9 p.m. on PBS.

PG food editor Arthi Subramaniam previewed the shows in Sunday Magazine and you can watch trailers -- and find links to all the places Sebak visits in the programs -- after the jump. ...

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Season two of 'From Dusk 'Till Dawn' begins

Monday, 24 August 2015 12:00 AM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Season two of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" kicks off Tuesday at 9 p.m. on cable's El Rey.

Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show") joins a cast that include D.J. Cotrona (pictured above) for more bloody mayhem as the supernatural crime drama moves beyond the plot of the 1996 feature film that inspired it.

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