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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss NBC's Olympics coverage, CBS's "Braindead" and the state of the late-night talk shows.

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SundanceTV debuts Italian crime drama import 'Gomorrah'

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 07:37 AM Written by

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One of the challenges of the #PeakTV era is that even a TV critic cannot keep up. I had every intention of getting to SundanceTV's "Gomorrah" (10 tonight), even taking the discs with me to press tour last month, butI never managed to watch them.

"Gomorrah" is billed as Italiy's all-time most popular TV series, Italy's version of "The Sopranos" supposedly.

Here's how Sundance describes it:

Set in the suburbs of Naples, the series focuses on the inside story of the Camorra, the fierce Neapolitan crime organization, told through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D'Amore), the right hand of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino). Produced by Sky Atlantic, Cattleya and Fandango in association with La7 and Beta Film, “Gomorrah” is written by Stefano Bises and directed by Stefano Sollima, Francesca Comencini andClaudio Cupellini. The series was developed for television by Giovanni Bianconi, Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli, Ludovica Rampoldi andRoberto Saviano.

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AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' returns

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:11 AM Written by

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Low-rated but critically-acclaimed “Halt and Catch Fire” (9 -11 tonight) returns for its third season with back-to-back episodes set in March 1986 as start-up company Mutiny, led by Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe), leaves Texas for Silicon Valley as Donna’s husband, Gordon (Scoot McNairy), tries to find his place in his wife’s company.

Joe McMillan (Lee Pace, “Pushing Daisies”) reinvents himself in a way that sends him back into the lives of his old Mutiny partners.

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Western Pennsylvania native Joe Kenda is back on the case in the sixth season of Investigation Discovery's "Homicide Hunter" (10 p.m. Wednesday).

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Latest Amazon pilots include a remake of 'The Tick'

Thursday, 18 August 2016 09:05 AM Written by

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Tomorrow Amazon debuts what it bills as its "2016 Comedy Pilot Season," which, like so many things Amazon does, is inconsistent with its own branding. Amazon recently re-dubbed its comedies "half-hours" because often they're not really that funny but someone didn't get the memo and the "comedy" moniker is still around for this pilot season. (This brand disconnect is similar to the confused name of its video service: Is it Amazon Video? Amazon Prime Video? Amazon Instant Video? I've given up trying to figure it out.)

All Amazon customers are again invited to stream the three new pilots and vote on which ones should become series, but it doesn't sound like Amazon puts much of a premium on that viewer vote based on the word salad response from Amazon Studios chief Roy Price when asked about it at a press conference earlier this month.

"So you can take the audience feedback, which has a lot of dimensions," he began. "There's, you know, like, the ratings online, but there are other things.  And then you have the critics, and then you have our own observations.  And you've got to kind of put that all into the mixer and, you know, figure it out, but I think it is helpful."

Of the three new pilots, the most curious is a remake of "The Tick," which originally aired on Fox for a single season in 2001.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I’ll admit I’m too much of a cynic to believe in psychics and yet the current young TV psychics seem so wholesome and nice, it’s hard to hate on them. (Then again, maybe that’s their con: Be unflappable and project an air of decency.)

So the only real question I had for the star of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (8 p.m. Wednesday, E!) was if he’d met Freeform’s “Monica the Medium,” who used to be a student at Penn State.

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