TV Q&A: 'Army Wives,' 'Sherlock' and sound on KDKA-TV

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Sherlock,” “Army Wives” and the sound on KDKA-TV. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

 Q: Is “Army Wives” renewed for another season?  When watching the finale last night, they seemed to tie up a lot of loose ends.  There certainly was room to continue but I kind of got the feeling that it might be done.

- Barb, Minneapolis

Rob: Too soon to say. No decision has been made on the show’s future. 

 

Q: Has the series "Sherlock" on PBS been canceled? The last episode had Sherlock jumping off a building and dying. But there was his image at the cemetery. Is he alive or dead? Will there be more episodes?

- Michael, Golden Valley, MN 55422

Rob: He’ll be alive when new “Sherlock” episodes air on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!” in 2014.

 

Q: I was wondering what the pay scale is for the camera operators on reality shows such as “Deadliest Catch,” “Swamp People,” “Ice Cold Gold,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Axe Men” and the other reality shows? They seem to be risking bodily harm or their lives for these shows. Also have any of these camera operators lost their lives filming or saved the life of a reality show participant?  Thank you

- Dave, 62, New Ulm, Minn.

Rob: A camera operator died along with a pilot and contestant earlier this year during production of a reality show for Discovery Networks. There are several career paths for wannabe camera operators but from what I could find, there’s no premium for working in reality TV and as Dave notes there are plenty of challenges even on a premium reality show like “Survivor.”

 

Q: What happen to the TV show “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files”? Are they still making this show?

- Jason, Litchfield, Minn.

Rob: There are no plans to produce additional episodes, so it has been canceled.

 

Q: Since Ryan Buell from “Paranormal State” is doing better is there a chance the he will have another show?  His was the best of all the ghost shows and it is very much missed.

- Sandra, 61, Alabama

Rob: I accompanied Ryan on an exploration in Pittsburgh in 2006 and emailed with him about Sandra’s question. He promised a more thorough response several weeks ago but it never arrived. Here’s what he wrote in his initial email: “Right upfront I can tell you that my surgery was a success (so far) and I am healing nicely. It's still a lot to process and talking about this disease has been something I've shied away from, mainly because while I was in the middle of it I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up, especially mine. I suppose you could say I was a little superstitious!  And it's funny you emailed this when you did because I was just out in L.A. taking meetings about returning to TV and things are looking good.” 

 

Q: HGTV's "Selling New York" airs once a week, Friday mornings. Is the show still in production?  What more can you tell me about its future (or lack thereof

- John, Sharpsburg

Rob: According to an HGTV publicist, the show is no longer in production.


Q: I have seen no updated info on why KDKA daytime and news do not broadcast in 5.1 like WTAE and WPXI. The sound volume is low and the center channel is off. Evening prime-time shows broadcast in 5.1. Will KDKA ever come up to the level of its competitors? 5.1 is Dolby Surround with three front speakers, voice track out the center; and two rear speakers, plus a subwoofer. On ABC and NBC they use 5.1 and actually indicate it on the screen with HD. The voice track utilizes the central speaker. On CBS/KDKA the voice comes out of the front side speakers, is lower pitch and volume. Sometimes the show is not 5.1 but the commercials are and you can hear the improved clarity and volume. Prime-time shows usually in 5.1. So the question is why they don't use this on all programming, as the sound quality is superior? It would be nice if KDKA could utilize the superior sound on all of its programming. It would be interesting if the station engineer would address this issue and correct it.

- Steve, 66, Churchill Boro
Rob:
According to KDKA-TV general manager Chris Pike, CBS prime does utilize 5.1 surround sound audio.

“The current audio during our local programming is stereo with a mono mix on the SAP channel of the utilized audio channels,” Pike explained. “We are currently upgrading our local main and auxiliary studios with new 5.1 surround sound audio consoles. We expect this upgrade to be completed sometime later this summer.”

 

Q: What happened to Channel 4's morning sometimes sports guy, John Meyer...Thought he added something to the all-girl morning team.
Also, WTAE M-F morning team is the best...just seems like lots of energy and local connections.
I'm single...and I don't see rings on either. Are either of these two married? Janelle Hall or Michelle Wright..plus there is no mention of husbands in their bios. So, might I have a shot at these two lovely ladies?

- Tom, 46, Belle Vernon
Rob:
Neither Hall nor Wright responded to Tom’s question about their marital status when I sent it to them. As for Meyer, we reported his departure in April.

 

Q: I read a recent article about the Watch ABC app launching in Philly and New York but extending to other markets this fall. Any chance we'll be able to watch WTAE on the app?

- Corey, 20, Indiana Twp
Rob:
ABC made a deal with Hearst stations, including Pittsburgh’s WTAE. We reported last month that the service is expected to roll out locally with Channel 4 later this year. 

 

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