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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Haven,” TV cameras in the courtroom and an MIA local TV news reporter. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'Mom' is back for season two

Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:22 PM Written by

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Last season CBS debuted the sitcom "Mom" (8:30 tonight, KDKA-TV) and it seemed a little smarter and funnier than the average CBS show. And it also had a setting that distinguished itself from much of what's on TV: It's not about people who are well off. Instead, it's about a lower income family. And they have problems, sometimes big problems (addiction, teen pregnancy, giving the child up for adoption, etc.).

This has been done before, of course, but not that often recently.

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CBS introduces 'The McCarthys'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:28 AM Written by

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Near the end of the pilot for CBS sitcom “The McCarthys” – after Ronny (Tyler Ritter) has been feted with a gay bar-themed party by his smothering mother (Laurie Metcalf) – Ronny observes that his family is “sweet, awkward and at times offensive.” The same can be said of this sitcom, debuting Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on KDKA-TV.

Fans of traditional, multi-camera comedies may enjoy the warm familiarity of the show’s family living room setting, its recognizable characters (re: caricatures) and their oh-when-will-they-learn embrace of stereotypes.

Viewers accustomed to the sophisticated comedy of, say, “30 Rock” or “Parks and Recreation,” are more likely to turn up their noses at the musty funk that emanates from the show.

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Another comedy for USA: 'Benched'

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:42 PM Written by

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USA Network has yet to cancel or renew its most recent comedy, "Playing House," so it's not clear why the network thinks distrustful, frustrated viewers will bother to turn up for its newest comedy, "Benched" (10:30 tonight).

Former "Happy Endings" star Eliza Coupe headlines "Benched," a funny enough comedy set in legal circles that gets off to a weak start but quickly recovers. 

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'Odd Squad' digital elements get early release

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:43 AM Written by

PBS's "Odd Squad," produced by the South Side-based Fred Rogers Company, won't debut until late November, but PBS released digital elements today.

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An animated Mike Tyson solving mysteries on Adult Swim

Monday, 27 October 2014 06:00 PM Written by

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The premise of Adult Swim's "Mike Tyson Mysteries" (10:30 tonight) boils down to this: Take the conventions of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons (think: "Scooby-Doo") and add Mike Tyson, comedy and profanity.

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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 local scheduling of PBS reruns, “Hot in Cleveland” and local TV news staffing procedures. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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All aboard! 'Railroad Alaska' chugs into season two

Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:12 PM Written by

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Season two of Destination America's "Railroad Alaska" (10 p.m. Saturday) is more produced than ever.

The first episode features some painfully staged dialogue in the cab of a train as the crew -- newcomers Bill, George and Wanda -- goes to deliver equipment to help pull a bulldozer out after it fell through ice on a frozen lake.

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