TV Q&A: 'The Tonight Show,' 'Lights Out' and local TV news

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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 “The Tonight Show,” “Lights Out” and local TV news. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

-- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Will Steve Higgins return to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show”?

Rob: Steve Higgins is still the announcer at the top of every “Tonight Show.” The show is currently abiding by social distancing protocols, so the on-set crew is limited until they can move into the next phase of production.



Q: What happened to "Lights Out" with David Spade on Comedy Central?  Is it coming back, or it is gone for good due to the Pandemic?


Rob: “Lights Out” was canceled during the pandemic and won’t be back. But I wouldn’t blame the pandemic for the show’s cancellation. If the show had been successful before the pandemic, it would have been back.



Q: On the weekends, some of the stations reverse the times of the local and national news programs, with the local on at 6:30 and the national at 6:00. Curious about the reason for this. Thanks!


Rob: WTAE-TV does air national news at 6 and local news at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. KDKA-TV arranges its schedule this way on Sunday only.

My best guess is it’s an effort to change it up from what a rival or rivals may air at the same time. I put the question to KDKA-TV news director Kathy Hostetter and WTAE-TV news director Jim Parsons but neither one responded.



Q: Can you find out why John Wehner is not broadcasting any pirates games lately. They have Michael McKenry doing play by play now.


Rob: Per AT&T SportsNet, Wehner was on a scheduled V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.


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