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TV review: 'Black Box' on ABC

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:00 AM Written by

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As “Grey’s Anatomy” winds to a close – it will be back for the 2014-15 TV season, but surely its days are numbered – it’s not surprising that ABC is trying to find another medical show with a strong female lead.

But “Black Box” (10 p.m. Thursday, WTAE) probably won’t turn out to be the “Grey’s” successor. It will likely prove too gonzo for some viewers and not smart or subtle enough for others.

The series focuses on Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly), a New York neurologist who attempts to unwrap the brain’s mysteries while keeping her own counsel on her bi-polar diagnosis.

“The brain is the ultimate mystery: That’s why doctors call it the ‘black box,’” she says, explaining the show’s title, which is both too on-the-nose (Get it, the doctor’s name is Black!) and easily misconstrued as dirtier than intended slang.

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TV review: 'Faking It' on MTV

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:58 PM Written by


It's not often that a TV writer rises to the level of a household name, though it does happen more often nowadays. Certainly Aaron Sorkin ("The Newsroom"), Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal") and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men") have come more into the public consciousness. But there's another writer who deserves the accolades, too, because he's now made three quality series in a row.

Carter Covington wrote "Greek" (2007-11) for ABC Family, adapted "10 Things I Hated About You" (2009-10) for TV and now he's responsible for MTV's "Faking It" (10:30 tonight). Because these are all teen shows, Covington will never get the credit he deserves, but when it comes to building realistic, entertaining teen characters, there's no one better working in television today.

"Faking It" follows best friends Karma (Katie Stevens, "American Idol") and Amy (Rita Volk, "The Hungover Games"), who are mistaken by classmates at a liberal Austin, Texas, school as a lesbian couple, a label they embrace to further their popularity.

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'Those Who Kill': Episode 6

Monday, 21 April 2014 08:54 PM Written by

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In Sunday's "Those Who Kill," the rhymes with shmag-off word got used within the first minute! Still no Yinzer accents though.

The episode began with Jensen cutting -- open a box, not her skin as she usually does -- as she moved into her new loft-like apartment, complaining about her step-father's Mt. Washington condo, which he charged her $25 a month to rent.

Then she burned a photo of her mother because, you know, Jensen is damaged, freaking out her medical examiner bestie who was helping with the move.

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Keep or cancel? Vote for your TV favorites

Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:12 PM Written by


Keep revised KC logo 2013In the Post-Gazette's Keep or Cancel? poll, you, the viewer, get to play programmer and vote for the shows you would renew and those your would send to the ever-expanding TV show graveyard.

Voting continues through Sunday and one vote per computer will be accepted.

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TV Q&A: 'Hannibal,' 'Rake' and a Mike Clark look-alike

Friday, 18 April 2014 09:35 AM Written by


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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 “Hannibal,” “Rake” and a Mike Clark look-alike. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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