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TV turkey: 'When Turkeys Attack' on Destination America

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:43 AM Written by

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Tonight at 10 cable's Destination America debuts "When Turkeys Attack," which sounds as silly as you might expect.

Here's how the network describes the show:


Featuring home video footage plucked from real families terrorized by turkeys, WHEN TURKEYS ATTACK reveals what happens when turkeys decide their feathers have been ruffled for the last time. From the farmyard to local neighborhoods, turkeys have taken the food chain into their own talons – attacking Americans of all ages who dare to get too close or look at them with hungry eyes.


The turkey attack survivors featured in WHEN TURKEYS ATTACK will never look at Thanksgiving the same. There is no telling what got the turkey’s gizzards in a twist, from petting zoo turkeys hot to trot over anyone who gets too close to turkeys that have barricaded people in their homes. Elsewhere across the country, turkeys cause gobbling gridlock, get peckish with pedestrians, and angrily pursue cyclists at an astonishing speed of 20 miles per hour.


But why bother watching Destination America when you can just type "turkey attack" in YouTube and find a bounty of videos?

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Angela Bassett on 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:22 AM Written by

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FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show" has Thanksgiving week off but will be back at 10 p.m. Dec. 3. The show is known for bringing back actors from past seasons with star Jessica Lange appearing in all four seasons to date (she's said this is her final go-around with the series).

Angela Bassett didn't make her debut until season three's "Coven" but she's back this year playing a member of the freak show, a woman with three breasts.

"I know that there are instances of individuals who have this sort of characteristic," she said in a recent teleconference with reporters.  "What they’re called is intersex, today. In 1950s, of course, the term was hermaphrodite, but today the terminology is considered passé, especially in that community."

Bassett said she signed on to "Freak Show" without knowing anything about her role.

"I didn’t have a clue whatsoever what the part might be, what it might encompass when I signed on," she said. "I just knew I had a great time the previous year, and if that was any indication, it was going to be a wild ride. I think it was about two weeks before I was scheduled to come down to start shooting that I got the, you know, the hot off the press script. I sat down to read it to see and I remember wondering, 'Now, how am I going to know who I am?'

"Then you read the stage direction, 'African American woman in her 40s, hermaphrodite, three breasts, and a ding-a-ling.' You’re like, oh, my gosh. You immediately close the pages, and have to walk around, and process that for a minute. You’re thinking, 'What does that mean?' Oh, my gosh. If they thought I was crazy demonic last year, what are they going to think this year?"

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Nuns on the run? 'The Sisterhood' on Lifetime

Monday, 24 November 2014 09:47 AM Written by


There's such a dearth of religion on television that I'm always pleased to see efforts to bring the role of religion in the lives of Americans to light. But too often this leads to disappointment either in the depiction itself or in the over-reaction of dogmatists (see the brouhaha over ABC's excellent 1997 drama series "Nothing Sacred as Exhibit A).

So it shouldn't be a surprise that Lifetime's docu-series "The Sisterhood" (10 p.m. Tuesday) leaves a lot to be desired.

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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 “Dancing with the Stars,” “Family Feud” and a Fox News host. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Clearly someone at USA has no faith in "It Takes a Choir," a reality show that filmed at Pittsburgh Brashear High School in December 2012 and has been scheduled and then postponed multiple times (see here and here and here).

Now the show has yet another premiere date that does nothing to instill confidence in the show's prospects for success. 

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'Odd Squad' from Fred Rogers Co. debuts next week

Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:58 AM Written by


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It’s difficult to separate “Odd Squad” from its production company. Taken on its own, PBS’s “Odd Squad” (9 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. weekdays starting Nov. 27, WQED-TV) is a terrifically quirky and engaging children’s series for ages 5-8. It manages to incorporate math in ways that support the outlandish investigations by Odd Squad, whether it’s about things that disappear in batches of four or a pizza maker who finds herself doubled. The show is not PBS-dull; it’s exuberant, creative and one of the better live-action kids’ shows since Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” (1993-96).

But considering it’s produced in part by the South Side’s Fred Rogers Company, there’s reason to give pause: What would Fred Rogers think of a show bearing his name that’s the antithesis of the quiet, contemplative style of children’s television he exemplified? Would he admire its creativity or be outraged by its frantic excesses? No one knows but some viewers will surely draw their own conclusion.

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It’s a banner month for quirky, live-action kids’ shows. On Friday streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video debuts “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and Wednesday at 9 a.m. PBS debuts “Odd Squad,” a live-action series produced in part by The Fred Rogers Company of the South Side. (The first episode of "Gortimer" is streaming for free and does not require a Prime membership.)

In an age when so many live-action shows aimed at kids in the 6-11ish age range are relationship-based sitcoms (think: “Girl Meets World” and just about any other tween show on Disney Channel or Nickelodeon), both “Odd Squad” and “Gortimer” are more driven by creative plots about weird goings-on.

“Odd Squad” is educational with some math concepts snuck in but “Gortimer” is just for fun. (Perhaps, oddly, considering the channels they air on, fast-moving “Odd Squad” reminds me more of “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” while “Gortimer” is more leisurely in its pace.)

Created by pre-school teacher and first-time writer David Anaxagoras, Amazon’s series follows Gortimer (Sloane Morgan Siegel) and his friends Mel (Ashley Boettcher) and Ranger (Drew Justice) as they get involved in weird mysteries that happen on their anything-but-normal block. Parents are glimpsed occasionally – Robyn Lively (“Savannah”) is a series regular playing Gortimer’s mom; Paula Marshall (“Cupid”) pops up as Mel’s mom in another episode – but the focus is on the kids and their “Eerie, Indiana”-style adventures.

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'The Middle' celebrates Thanksgiving

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:22 AM Written by

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I quit watching ABC's "The Middle" (8 p.m. Wednesday, WTAE) about a year ago, not because I disliked the show, I'd just grown tired of it. I felt like I knew all I needed to know about the characters and I needed to move on to newer programs.

But when as screener of this week's episode became available, I decided to check in again.

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