TV Q&A: 'The Glades,' 'American Idol' and a KDKA-TV reporter

Monday, 28 May 2012 09:37 AM Written by 
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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “The Glades,” “American Idol” and a KDKA-TV news reporter. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: When will “The Glades” and “Memphis Beat” return?
- Bernie, 63, Clearwater, Fla.
Rob: In Sunday’s TV Week we offered premiere dates for the coming deluge of new and returning summer series, including “The Glades” (9 p.m. June 3). We reported “Memphis Beat” was canceled last year and won’t be back.

Q: Why does TV Programming keep getting worse each year? Unreal reality shows, no-talent amateur shows, overly violent cop shows. We watch the news, then either watch DVDs from Netflix or read. In general we have tuned out. Once in a while we will watch a 30- to 40-year-old repeat rather than the junk they make today.
- Howard, North Oaks, Minn.
Rob: Sorry, but I reject the premise of this question. In an age where there are shows like AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” or NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” or CBS’s “The Good Wife” or ABC’s entire Wednesday comedy lineup or PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” the notion that there’s nothing good on TV is certainly not true. Yes, there is a lot of junk to wade through but no one should be wading. Viewers who educate themselves about what’s on TV – by reading reviews, by keeping up with popular culture – know that the best way to watch TV is not to wade; it’s to turn the TV on for a good show you want to see and then turn it off when you’re done with that program.

Q: I'm curious about the clothes that the contestants on “American Idol” wear each week. Do they pay for their clothes themselves? Some of the outfits are beautiful.
- Nancy, Penn Hills
Rob: I’m sure “Idol” has a pretty hefty wardrobe and styling budget so contestants are not paying for clothes themselves.
Stylist Soyon An (on Twitter at @soysfashion or on the web at goes shopping with contestants each week so they can have input on their wardrobes. Here’s what they wore on the May 16 episode:

Look 1 (My All)
Dress: Oliver Tolentino
Bracelet: Erica Courtney
Rings: Erica Courtney
Shoes: Bebe
Earrings: Erica Courtney

Look 2 (Don’t Want to Miss a Thing)
Jumpsuit: Zimmerman
Belt: Zara
Shoes: Bebe
Rings: Erica Courtney
Bracelet: Erica Courtney
Earrings: Erica Courtney
Necklace: Bijou

Look 3 (I’ll Be There)
Top: Silence & Noise
Jeans: Robins Jeans
Jacket: Cut 25
Necklace: Express
Belt: Express
Rings: Erica Courtney
Earrings: Erica Courtney
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Look 1 (Beggin’)
Top: AG Jeans
Button Up: Hartford
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Belt: J Crew
Shoes: Frye

Look 2 (We’ve Got Tonight)
Top: Supima
Pants: Dylan George
Jacket: Theory
Bracelets: His Own
Shoes: Frye

Look 3 (Disease)
Top: Gap Tee
Button Up: John Varvatoes
Pants: 7 For all Mankind
Belt: J Crew
Shoes: Frye

Look 1 (No More Drama)
Top: American Apparel
Pants: J Brand
Jacket: G Star Custom
Necklace: Nashelle
Watch: Oceanaut
Belt: Rodeo
Shoes: Hudson Shoes

Look 2 (I’d Rather go Blind)
Top: Express
Pants: Zara
Jacket: Moschino
Vest: D. Gnak by Kang D.
Watch: Christian Tse
Shoes: Aldo

Look 3 (Imagine)
Top: Paul Smith
Pants: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Watch: Christian Tse
Shoes: Aldo

Q: Does Verizon have any plans to add the “Survivor” season finale to its On Demand lineup? The reunion show is listed, but no finale.
- Kelly, 35, North Hills
Rob: According to Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski, the “Survivor” finale is available in the CBS HD folder in the FiOS Video-On-Demand section.

Q: Have you heard if Armstrong cable will be adding the HBO Go option for its subscribers? It seems to be one of the few major providers in Western PA that does not offer it at this time. I have sent them emails but they have only provided vague responses stating that they are looking into it. The major satellite providers that compete with Armstrong already offer the service.
- Randy,Butler
Rob: According to Armstrong spokesman Dave Wittmann, HBO Go will launch for Armstrong customers sometime this summer but no specific date has been set.

Q: I haven’t seen Jon Greiner on KDKA recently. Where has he been?
- Lois via telephone
Rob: He has pretty much retired. Greiner freelanced for KDKA-TV for 18 months after leaving WTAE and KDKA news director Anne Linaberger said he recently moved to a new home that’s farther from the station.
“He retired (perhaps semi-retired is a better word) and, at his choice, ended his relationship with us on good terms at the end of March,” she wrote in an email. “He did good work for us and we would have been pleased to have him stay, but he and his wife recently moved to a home that’s farther away from the station and the commute was becoming too much.”
I tried to contact Greiner back when I first heard about his retirement – it was mentioned on a KDKA newscast – but the email address I have for him no longer works.

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