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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Submit a question to TV Q&A by sending an email to rowen@post-gazette.com (include your first name and location) or submitting online at http://old.post-gazette.com/tv/questions/qaform.asp.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about a short-lived soap opera, an Australian TV import and a local news anchor look-alike. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

-- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: I read about a new documentary on Alexander Hamilton to be shown by the History Channel on June 26 at 9 p.m. I set my DVR to tape it and it didn't happen. A search showed it was to be shown at another time but that too disappeared, both in favor of “American Pickers”!!! Any information on what happened?

-- MARGARET, MT. LEBANON

Rob: Scheduling happens.

History confirmed the program Margaret sought is a new show that has been postponed until a new, yet-to-be-announced airdate.

Perhaps because of the hype around the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” History wanted to save the show and give it a larger promotional push. I received no press release on History’s Hamilton special prior to its original airdate.

 

Q: We just discovered that the excellent Canadian TV series “Motive” has been on USA since April. We saw an ad for it on the only other program that we now watch on USA, “Royal Pains,” which is in its final season. There used to be some other really good programs on USA like “Monk,” “Covert Affairs,” “Necessary Roughness” to name a few. Was there any advance notice that “Motive” moved to USA?  It previously was a summer replacement series on ABC.

-- JOHN, DONORA 

Rob: I looked through press releases from USA and it doesn’t appear the network ever sent out notice that they were picking up “Motive.” And I never saw coverage of the move in Hollywood trades Variety, The Hollywood Reporter or Deadline, although I did find mentions in some blogs.

 

Q: Maybe you can help me on something. I used to watch the soap operas for years. I remember a soap opera called “Our Five Daughters” that was on Channel 2 some years ago. Folks I've mentioned this to never heard of it. I do know it didn't last long, but I do remember it. Was there ever such a show on KDKA at all? Would appreciate any info.

-- KATHY, PITTSBURGH

Rob: It was a real soap that aired on NBC -- so probably it wasn’t on KDKA-TV but on Channel 11 – for nine months in 1962, according to Wikipedia, one of the only references I found to the series online besides an incomplete IMDB entry

 

Q: Could you please let me know if the local PBS station has plans to show Seasons 1-3 of "A Place to Call Home," distributed by Acorn. This "Australia Downtown Abbey" is among the best dramas ever made.

-- LINDA, BETHEL PARK

Rob: WQED has no current plans to import that particular drama.

This series is distributed by American Public Television (APT) and is not a part of the regular PBS lineup,” said WQED spokesman George Hazimanolis. “While we do air programs from APT, we do not have access to this show as part of the package we subscribe to.”

 

Q: MSNBC has been touting their "Survey Monkey" data feedback searches as "polls"

They are not polls. They foolishly replace the tried-and-true random sampling of a statistically significant population with a much larger, but less significant, population that is not randomly sampled. "Survey Monkey" data mining is dirt cheap.

Anyway, I've repeatedly asked Chuck Todd and his election team to explain the

statistical validity of their polls and they have not gotten back despite promises to do so. Because - I am sure - they can't without exposing themselves as cutting corners.

So, these two "toons" went out over the twitterverse today:

joe monkeychuck todd monkeyHardballs Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 -- JOHN, SEWICKLEY HILLS

Rob: Turns out Survey Monkey has a business polling division, which might be what NBC is using. I couldn’t get MSNBC publicists Erika Masonhall or Olivia Petersen to respond to John’s query.

Survey Monkey correctly predicted elections last year in England and other reports suggest the company’s accuracy may be better than one might assume

 

Q: Is it only me or do WTAE anchor Jackie Cain and actress Claire Holt from “Aquarius” resemble each other quite a bit?

-TOM, BANKSVILLE

Rob: Let’s look at the two side by side and let the similarities reside in the eye of the beholder:

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The Originals - Claire Holt - Aquarius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:10:01 -0400
Web series that inspired ABC's 'Downward Dog' posted http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40253-web-series-that-inspired-abc-s-downward-dog-posted http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40253-web-series-that-inspired-abc-s-downward-dog-posted

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We've been reporting since last fall that the ABC pilot "Downward Dog" is based on an unreleased web series created by Pittsburgh-based Animal, Inc.

But now that web series has been released to YouTube in an effort to goose interest in the TV show, which ABC ordered to series in May and is expected to air the eight-episode first season in early 2017.

Watch the "Downward Dog" web series that inspired the ABC comedy starring Allison Tolman after the jump. ...

The web series -- about 12 minutes total -- is comedically similar to the ABC pilot with series co-creator Samm Hodges voicing world-weary dog Martin (Mr. Hodges will also provide the voice for ABC's series). The web series was produced in-house at Animal, written by Hodges, directed by Michael Killen and edited by Beth Voltz with Allan Stallard as the colorist.

The role of Martin's owner, Nan, is played by a different actress and there's no dialogue other than Martin's narration, unlike in the sitcom, where Nan has an ex-boyfriend, career, best friend and storylines.

The role of Martin's owner, Nan, is played by a different actress and there's no dialogue other than Martin's narration, unlike in the sitcom, where Nan has an ex-boyfriend, career, best friend and storylines.

 

Here's the web series:

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The TV show was created for ABC by Hodges and Killen, who are currently working in the show’s writers’ room in Los Angeles with production slated to start in Pittsburgh in September. Mr. Killen directed the pilot and will direct the next two episodes with Pittsburgh-based Animal providing the visual effects work that makes Martin talk. Writers John Hoberg and Kat Likkel (“Galavant,” “The Neighbors,” “My Name is Earl”) serve as showrunners on the ABC comedy series.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:59:00 -0400
Freeform goes to camp with 'Dead of Summer' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40210-freeform-goes-to-camp-with-dead-of-summer http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40210-freeform-goes-to-camp-with-dead-of-summer

dead of summer

Freeform's "Dead of Summer" (9 tonight) might as well be called "Pretty Little Camp Counselors."

Ostensibly an ode to summer camp horror flicks of the '80s, "Dead of Summer" seems well suited as companion programming to Freeform's long-running hit, "Pretty Little Liars."

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Created by "Once Upon a Time" showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg ("Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior"), "Dead of Summer" is set in 1989 but aside from the near-constant presence of a "Rolling Stone" magazine with Michael Keaton as "Batman" on the cover, "Dead" feels fairly contemporary. It's not clear from the pilot, the only episode made available for review, what the 1980s setting buys the show.

Amy (Elizabeth Lail, "Once Upon a Time") is a new counselor to Wisconsin's Camp Stillwater, which is reopneing for the first time since 1984 under new owner Deb (Elizabeth Mitchell, "Lost"). The rest of the counselors once attended the camp as kids and represent an assortment of types -- the prep with the popped collar, the AV techie, the gay kid (Mark Indelicato from "Ugly Betty") -- with one long-haired oddball whose gender is a question mark until the premiere's final moments.

Things begin to go wrong even before the campers arrive. First a gutted deer is found in the woods and then Amy stumbles on a body in the lake. An opening scene suggests more mayhem in the past as does a map found inside a groundskeeper's cabin before it mysteriously burns to the ground. The local sheriff blames wiring without any investigation but the deputy, a former camper, suspects otherwise. The points of a potential love triangle also come into focus.

Most of the pilot is set at night and it's not always easy to tell what's going on and who's who -- the preppy kid and the deputy look a lot alike in the dark -- but the episode does establish Amy's backstory, although not the reason for her odd visions of dead people that no one else seems to see.

Less zany than one-half of Freeform's tonally muddled "Guilt," "Dead of Summer" gets the spooky mood right -- although it's pretty much what you'd expect from a camp-set thriller -- but whether any of the early mysteries turn out to be surprising twists or rote tangents remains to be seen. 

 

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:01:01 -0400
Nat Geo debuts 'No Man Left Behind' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40243-nat-geo-debuts-no-man-left-behind http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40243-nat-geo-debuts-no-man-left-behind

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PASADENA, Calif. -- National Geographic Channel’s six-part series “No Man Left Behind” – from the producers of “Locked Up Abroad” -- kicks off at 9 p.m. Tuesday with “The Real Black Hawk Down,” about the 1993 downing of two Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu that inspired a book and feature film. The series combines interviews, archival footage and re-enactments to tell its stories.

“They're always hard to watch,” said Keni Tomas, who is played by an actor (pictured above). “You've lived it. For it to be entertaining seems just odd. I could tell you, the attention to detail is always good. I think they really do care about getting the equipment and the gear right. But, I mean, how do you recreate that kind of extraordinary ‑‑ I can't even ‑‑ as many times as I've told the story, I can't find another way to describe that different level of reality.”

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Mike Durant, pilot of the downed helicopter, said he and his fellow soldiers were worried about the 2001 movie that starred Josh Hartnett.

“But it actually turned out pretty well,” he said during a Nat Geo press conference at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January. “My personal perspective on it was I was concerned about going to see it, because I wasn't sure what my reaction would be. I mean, I'm going to watch my friends lose their lives on screen. And I didn't go. I waited probably six months. … So I went to watch it. I brought a friend with me, and it didn't bother me. And the only explanation that I have is, as I'm watching the film, these are actors. I mean, this is not real to me. When I was watching the beach scene in "Saving Private Ryan," I'm ripping the arms off the chair, because I feel like I'm there. But watching ‘Black Hawk Down,’ it's not real, because those are not the real people, because I was there.  So for me, anyway, the reaction to it was not nearly as significant as I thought it would be.”  

Executive producer Robert Palumbo said the re-enactments were necessary.

“There are certain expectations about how the story lives in the minds of the viewer,” he said. “You know, our strategy with this story and with this series, in general, has been to really focus on very minute details of the personal experiences of these soldiers. … And we don't call them "re‑enactments" by the way, anymore.  We call this ‘dramatizations,’ because we're dramatizing what we're getting from our soldiers here in interview, and we're trying to be as honest as possible to their personal experiences.”

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:09:01 -0400
TV Q&A: 'Longmire,' 'The Good Witch,' 4K Ultra HD on Comcast and Voice Mail of the Week http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40246-tv-q-a-longmire-the-good-witch-and-4k-ultra-hd-on-comcast http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40246-tv-q-a-longmire-the-good-witch-and-4k-ultra-hd-on-comcast

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Submit a question to TV Q&A by sending an email to rowen@post-gazette.com (include your first name and location) or submitting online at http://old.post-gazette.com/tv/questions/qaform.asp.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Longmire,” “The Good Witch” and 4K Ultra HD on Comcast. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

-- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Will James Denton be leaving “The Good Witch” series on Hallmark for “Devious Maids”? The finale on June 19 left questions concerning the character's well-being.

-- ELAINE, MT. LEBANON
Rob:
He will be back.

 

Q: Any new information regarding Netflix’s new season for “Longmire”? Thanks as always.

-- JOE, PITTSBURGH

Rob: Netflix has not announced a premiere date yet but it will be sometime in 2016. My guess is fall.

 

Q: Not surprisingly, Wendy Bell is suing WTAE to get her job back. While this was covered by both local newspapers, I did not see any mention of it on any of the local stations. Are you surprised and do you feel it is hypocritical of them not to report on a story because it involves one of their own?

-- JEFF, PITTSBURGH

Rob: I don’t think that’s what is happening. In some respects, the TV stations are stuck between a rock and a hard place: Cover it and you look like you’re being opportunistic trying to harm a competitor; fail to cover it and you get a reaction like Jeff’s.

When you look back at past incidents where TV news anchor shenanigans have been covered – think: Gina Redmond, C.S. Keys – those have always been situations with a criminal complaint. This is a civil complaint, which seems like it falls into the same category as local news anchor comings and goings, which local stations also do not report on, whether it’s someone on their station or on a rival outlet.

 

Q: After enjoying “Wallander” and my favorite “Call The Midwife,” which I enjoyed, will “Call the Midwife” return?

And when Channel 13 begs for money from viewers, they’d put back “Keeping Up Appearances” and “Waiting for God,” I’d donate. Why can’t Channel 13 have a channel that runs these favorite Brit comedies of old? They have Create and WQED World Channel?

-- KIM, BETHEL PARK

Rob: Alas, channels don’t grow on trees. They cost money to operate. Frankly, I was relieved when WQED pulled its moldy oldies – all available on DVD -- in favor of the newer “Doc Martin.” I’d just like to see WQED pick up more, new, scripted programming from England.

“Call the Midwife” has been renewed for a sixth season in England so it’s likely to air on PBS next spring.

 

Q: One of the pleasures of Friday night TV viewing has been the PBS program "Washington Week in Review" with Gwen Ifill at 8 p.m. each Friday night. Suddenly it is gone from this time and market.

Why is it gone and will it be back?

It always gave a timely and intelligent wrap to the week's news events and/or issues.

-- MARLA VIA EMAIL

Rob: WQED was in a fundraising drive June 10 and 17, according to WQED spokesman George Hazimanolis. “Washington Week” returns tonight.

For future reference, Hazimanolis notes a rebroadcast of theFridaynight program airs on WQED World (over-the-air channel 13.3 and 201 on Comcast) on Saturdays at 5:30pm.

 

Q: Any idea when Comcast will star broadcasting in 4K Ultra HD in the Pittsburgh area?

-- DAN, MONONGAHELA

Rob: The better question might be, when will networks start broadcasting in 4K UHD. Even if Comcast were able to pass it through at this point, there’s not a lot of content available in that format.

My understanding is Comcast is developing a cable box that will accommodate either the 4K UHD or the HDR format, which Comcast seems more bullish about. They’re in research and development this year and hope to deploy it more broadly in 2017.

 

FEEDBACK

Last week we had a question about why highlights of a Penguins game broadcast in HD on WPXI were shown in SD on Channel 11 newscasts.

My new understanding is HD video files require possibly four times as much storage space as SD files, so some stations opt to stick with SD for reports and highlights even if the news broadcast itself is in HD and the original footage was in HD. Some stations also have no ability to play two pieces of HD video back to back. Editing highlights of a sporting event in HD might require an editor to move to an HD edit station, turn it on, log in, cut it and prepare the HD video for air. In the rush to get a newscast on the air, sometimes editors will simply stick with SD.

 

VOICE MAIL OF THE WEEK

“Hi, my name is Sue and I’m calling concerning your article about ‘Greenleaf’ as decent drama. I think you’re behind the times. Tyler Perry, don’t you wish you had his money? Or don’t you wish you could write like him? ‘The Haves and The Have Nots,’ ‘If Loving You is Wrong,’ wonderful dramas, wonderful plays. You’re behind the times in case you didn’t know. …”

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:05:01 -0400
USA tries to break bad, debuts 'Queen of the South' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40209-usa-debuts-queen-of-the-south http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40209-usa-debuts-queen-of-the-south

queen of the south

Drug kingpin sagas are not new to TV. Netflix has "Narcos." AMC did "Breaking Bad." Once upon a time NBC had "Kingpin."

Now USA introduces "Queen of the South" (10 tonight). Call it queenpin.

Read more after the jump. ...

Based on the novel "La Reina Del Sur," the series follows Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) on her rise from low-level drug money launderer to drug cartel boss.

The series begins with Mendoza, dressed to the nines, getting shot in her posh home as she narrates in voiceover: "The trick is to stay alive long enough to enjoy the fruits of your labor."

Then the series flashes back to her early days, falling in love with a drug dealer, snooping around a kingpin''s house and later running for her life while having a vision of her older, better-dressed self, advising her along the way.

The question is: Will seeing a female drug dealer's rise (and potential fall if that bullet proves to be fatal, although I'm guessing it won't be) be enough to differentiate this series, told from a female point of view, and justify in investing in "Queen of the South"? It does seem like a more complicated, different character story. But plot-wise it's less interesting than, say, "Traffic," or certainly "Breaking Bad." 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:01 -0400
2016 TCA Awards announced; 'Mr. Robot,' 'Fargo,' 'Game of Thrones' among nominees http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40233-2016-tca-awards-announced-mr-robot-fargo-game-of-thrones-among-nominees http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40233-2016-tca-awards-announced-mr-robot-fargo-game-of-thrones-among-nominees
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The Television Critics Association announced nominations for its 2016 awards this morning.

 

USA's "Mr. Robot" and FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" tied with four nominations.

Read about all the nominees after the jump. ...

Here's the TCA Awards release:

 

THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2016 TCA AWARD NOMINEES

 

HBO Tops Nominations at 12; USA’s ‘Mr. Robot’ and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson” Tie With Four Nominations 


 ‘The Americans,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Making a Murderer,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ and ‘UnREAL’ Vie for Program of the Year

The 32nd Annual TCA Awards take place Saturday, August 6, at the Beverly Hilton Hosted by ‘Jane The Virgin’s’ Jaime Camil

 

LOS ANGELES –  The Television Critics Association (TCA) — a media organization with more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada — announced today the nominations for the 32nd Annual TCA Awards. The 2016 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2015-16 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories including News and Information, Youth, Reality, Drama and Comedy. This year’s event takes place Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the group’s bi-annual industry conference, the summer press tour. Jaime Camil, the popular star of the Golden Globe®-winning CW comedy series “Jane The Virgin” serves as host. 

This year’s nominations are spread across five broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW—as well as PBS, 12 cable networks and internet streaming service Netflix. HBO leads with 12 nominations; FX has 11; Netflix has six; PBS has five; USA has four. ABC, AMC, CBS, Lifetime, and The CW each received three; Disney Junior, NBC and TBS each have two; and CNN, E!, Fox, History, Showtime and WGN America finish with one. 

 

This year’s roster of notable nominees includes “All The Way” star, 2009 TCA Award winner and former TCA Host Bryan Cranston, two-time TCA nominee “Fresh Off The Boat” star Constance Wu, comedy standout Aziz Ansari, and 2016 Golden Globe® winner Rachel Bloom.

 

The lineup also features a fresh batch of first-time nominees including USA’s drama-thriller “Mr. Robot”; FXX’s quirky rom-com “You’re the Worst”; CW’s comedy-musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Lifetime’s drama “UnREAL”; WGN America’s period-piece “Underground”; CNN’s doc series “United Shades of America”; and E!’s groundbreaking transgender reality series “I Am Cait.”

 

Vying for Program of Year are shows that are uniquely diverse in scope, story and genre including Soviet spy caper “The Americans,” quirky anthology “Fargo,” USA’s cyber-security thriller “Mr. Robot”; FX’s true crime anthology “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”; Netflix’s docu-series “Making a Murderer”; Lifetime’s “UnREAL”; and HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” which won Program of the Year in 2012.

 

“TCA members have recognized a record number of first-time nominees for this year’s awards. In our 32-year history this is one of the most diverse slates of genres and programs we’ve ever had,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “It’s been a banner year for fresh, noteworthy content and we’re looking forward to seeing which shows and actors grab top prizes following the difficult votes ahead.”

 

The TCA Awards will also bestow a special Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has had a major cultural or social impact. This year’s nominees include the late comedian Garry Shandling’s talk show satire “The Larry Sanders Show”; the revolutionary comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”; one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time “Seinfeld”; Gene Roddenberry’s influential sci-fi saga “Star Trek”; and the mind-bending small town murder mystery “Twin Peaks,” co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

 

In addition to honoring this year’s best, the TCA presents a Career Achievement Award to an individual who has influenced the medium, which will be announced at the awards presentation.

 

The Summer TCA Press Tour will be held Wed., July 27 through Thurs., Aug. 11.

 

Below is the complete list of the 2016 Television Critics Association nominees.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

Bryan Cranston, “All The Way,” HBO

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot,” USA

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC

Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Keri Russell, “The Americans,” FX

Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” Netflix

Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

Aya Cash, “You’re The Worst” FXX

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO

Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION

“CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS

“Jackie Robinson,” PBS

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO - (2015 Winner in Category)

“Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO

“United Shades of America,” CNN

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING

“I Am Cait,” E!

“The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Showtime

“The Great British Baking Show,” PBS

“Making a Murderer,” Netflix

“MasterChef Junior,” Fox

“Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance,” CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING

“Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,” PBS

“Doc McStuffins,” Disney Junior

“Nature Cat,” PBS

“Odd Squad,” PBS

“Sofia The First,” Disney Junior

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Netflix

“Master of None,” Netflix

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“Underground,” WGN America

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS

“All The Way,” HBO

“Fargo,” FX

“The Night Manager,” AMC

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

“Roots,” History

“Show Me A Hero,” HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA

“The Americans,” FX - (2015 Winner in Category)

“Better Call Saul,” AMC

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“The Leftovers,” HBO

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY

“black-ish,” ABC

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW

“Master of None,” Netflix

“Silicon Valley,” HBO

“Veep,” HBO

“You’re The Worst” FXX

HERITAGE AWARD

“The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” CBS

“Seinfeld,” NBC

“Star Trek,” NBC

“Twin Peaks,” ABC

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

“The Americans,” FX

“Fargo,” FX

“Game of Thrones,” HBO

“Making a Murderer,” Netflix

“Mr. Robot,” USA

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

“UnREAL,” Lifetime

NETWORK TALLY (includes Heritage Award nominees)

HBO – 12

FX/FXX – 11

Netflix – 6

PBS/PBS KIDS – 5

USA - 4

ABC - 3

AMC – 3

CBS - 3

Lifetime – 3

The CW - 3

Disney Junior - 2

NBC – 2

TBS – 2

CNN – 1

E! – 1

Fox – 1

History – 1

Showtime – 1

WGN America – 1

PROGRAM TALLY- (denotes shows with more than one nomination)

“Mr. Robot,” USA – 4

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX – 4

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The CW -3

“Master of None,” Netflix -3

“The Americans,” FX - 3

“UnREAL,” Lifetime -3

“All The Way,” HBO – 2

“Better Call Saul,” AMC -2

“Fargo,” FX -2

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” TBS – 2

“Game of Thrones,” HBO - 2

“Making a Murderer,” Netflix - 2

 “You’re The Worst,” FXX -2

“Veep,” – 2

Past TCA Award winners are listed on the organization’s official website, tvcritics.org/tca-awards.

ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more. The prestigious organization honors outstanding achievements in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards each year. This year’s TCA Awards are the organization’s 32nd anniversary. For additional information about the TCA, visit www.tvcritics.orgFacebook; and Twitter. To follow the Summer TCA on twitter, follow tweets with the hashtag #TCA16.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0400
Tuned In podcast: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Last Ship' and 'Wrecked' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40226-tuned-in-podcast-game-of-thrones-the-last-ship-and-wrecked http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40226-tuned-in-podcast-game-of-thrones-the-last-ship-and-wrecked

 

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss the "Game of Thrones," "The Last Ship" and "Wrecked."

Find the podcast link after the jump. ...

Access the Tuned In podcast on the PG Soundcloud site  or below: 

 

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:00:01 -0400
CBS revisits 'American Gothic" (in title only) http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40181-cbs-revisits-american-gothic-in-title-only http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40181-cbs-revisits-american-gothic-in-title-only

american gothic 2016

CBS has been down the road with this title before, debuting the spooky "American Gothic" in 1995 and seeing it die on the vine at a time American audiences were not ready for anti-heroes in prime time.

CBS's latest "American Gothic" (10 p.m. Wednesday, KDKA-TV) is not a remake of that cult series; it just shares the title.

This time the story is about a prominent Boston family with dark secrets in its past.

Read more after the jump. ...

Unlike CBS's tonally confused "BrainDead," "American Gothic" at least knows what it is from the jump. It may not be ambitious but it is a solid enough family soap with a clear mystery component.

The Hawthorne family comes together when their patriarch appears to suffer a heart attack, scaring his campaigning-for-mayor daughter Alison (Juliet Rylance), school teacher daughter Tessa (Megan Ketch) and druggie artist son Cam (Justin Chatwin). It veen brings back black sheep son Garrett (Antony Starr), who's been living in the Maine wilderness since a strong of murders ended. Coincidence? Or could Garrett be the Silver Bells Killer? And why is Cam's son torturing animals? Presuably those are questions this 13-episode summer series will answer.

"American Gothic," created by former "Good Wife" writer Corinne Brinkerhoff, may be a drama but it's not overly serious. There are some intentionally light-hearted, even funny moments squeezed in here and there. The show's concept offers nothing really new for TV but it executes the wealthy, murderous family drama well enough for low-stakes summer programming.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:18:01 -0400
TV viewing habits nationally versus locally http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40193-tv-viewing-habits-nationally-versus-locally http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/40193-tv-viewing-habits-nationally-versus-locally

Comcast made available data showing the most-watched TV shows via Xfinity on Demand nationally and in Pittsburgh for May.

Here's the national list and find the interesting local list after the jump. ...

XFINITY ON DEMAND

   

Top 20 TV Series of May - NATIONAL

 

Rank

Series

Network

1

Game of Thrones Season 6

HBO

2

Empire Season 2

Fox

3

The Big Bang Theory Season 9

CBS

4

60 Days In Season 1

A&E

5

The Girlfriend Experience Season 1

Starz

6

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

AMC

7

Outlander Season 2

Starz

8

Quantico Season 1

ABC

9

The Night Manager Season 1

AMC

10

Bad Girls Club Season 15

Oxygen

11

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 5

VH1

12

NCIS Season 13

CBS

13

The Blacklist Season 3

NBC

14

Blindspot Season 1

NBC

15

Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 12

E!

16

Grey's Anatomy Season 12

ABC

17

Modern Family Season 7

ABC

18

Family Guy Season 14

Fox

19

The Family Season 1

ABC

20

Dancing With The Stars Season 22

ABC

I find the localized list more interesting because sometimes it can substantiate a viewing pattern one might expect.

For instance, "Mike & Molly," starring Swissvale native Billy Gardell, shows up as No. 9 on the Pittsburgh list below but barely cracks the Top 50 nationally.

I'm not surprised to see "Survivor" (or anything on CBS) do better locally than nationally. But I cannot explain the presence of "Teen Mom 2" on the Pittsburgh list below:

Pittsburgh Rank

National Rank

Series

Network

1

1

Game of Thrones Season 6

HBO

2

3

The Big Bang Theory Season 9

CBS

3

2

Empire Season 2

Fox

4

12

NCIS Season 13

CBS

5

4

60 Days In Season 1

A&E

6

20

Dancing with the Stars Season 22

ABC

7

5

The Girlfriend Experience Season 1

Starz

8

6

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

AMC

9

50

Mike & Molly Season 6

CBS

10

7

Outlander Season 2

Starz

11

13

The Blacklist Season 3

NBC

12

14

Blindspot Season 1

NBC

13

16

Grey's Anatomy Season 12

ABC

14

27

Teen Mom 2 Season 7

MTV

15

18

Family Guy Season 14

Fox

16

17

Modern Family Season 7

ABC

17

8

Quantico Season 1

ABC

18

32

Survivor Season 32

CBS

19

19

The Family Season 1

ABC

20

9

The Night Manager Season 1

AMC

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:22:01 -0400