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TV Q&A: 'Grimm,' 'Chesapeake Shores' and local TV news

Friday, 23 September 2016 12:53 PM Written by

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss the Emmys, "The Good Place" and "American Horror Story: Roanoke."

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'Empire' resolves its cliffhanger quickly

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:44 PM Written by

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Fox's "Empire" (9 tonight, WPGH) resolves its who-went-over-the-balcony? cliffhanger in short order tonight and then it's on to more infighting and squabbling among family members. although so far the show isn't falling into the dull, repetitive loop of last season when the primary question seemed to be Who owns the company this week?

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TV reviews: 'Bull' and 'Lethal Weapon' are fine

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:34 AM Written by

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Two of the higher profile series debuting this week -- CBS's "Bull" (9 tonight, KDKA-TV) and Fox's "Lethal Weapon" (8 p.m. Wednesday, WPGH) -- are ... fine.

They're not great, they're not awful. I wouldn't recommend spending time with them but if you do it won't be the worst mistake you ever made.

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How to get to 'The Good Place'

Monday, 19 September 2016 08:18 AM Written by

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In tonight's premiere of NBC's "The Good Place" (10 p.m., WPXI), which I reviewed enthusiastically last week, angel-like Michael (Ted Danson) offers an orientation to The Good Place's newcomers, including misdierected Eleanor (Kristen Bell), that explains the points system that is used throughout a person's life to determine their eligibility for The Good Place.

The graphics flash by on the screen quickly, but I grabbed some screen shots that should make you laugh -- or at least grin.

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss "Better Things," "Son of Zorn" and the highs and lows of summer TV.

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Best thing about last week's 'Better Things' pilot

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:19 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- FX's "Better Things" (10 p.m. Thursday) marked the debut of another lo-fi comedy, the kind of show that's smart and clever but not exactly full of belly laughs. It's more likely to produce smiles or maybe even a knowing wince of recognizable pain as it chronicles the life of a middle-age, single mom actress played by Pamela Adlon ("Californication").

My favorite scene in the pilot was a sly inside joke that featured Adlon (above at left) auditioning against actress Constance Zimmer of "UnREAL" and "Entourage" (above at right) with whom she shares not only looks but also other similar qualities, including a throaty laugh.

I asked Adlon about the genesis for the scene following an FX press conference last month.

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