Tuned In Journal http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:46:26 -0400 en-gb The late, lamented 'Now & Again' now on DVD http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38272-now-again-on-dvd http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38272-now-again-on-dvd

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The short-lived, 1999 CBS drama "Now and Again" finally arrived on DVD this week.

The series told the story of Michael Wiseman, a man who dies (played by John Goodman) and comes back with his brain and soul in the bio-engineered body of a twentysomething government agent (Eric Close, "Nashville"). Wiseman pines for his wife (Margaret Colin, "Gossip Girl") and is under the thumb of a government boss (Dennis Hasybert, "24").

"Now and Again" made my list of the Top 10 TV shows of 1999 and I argued in favor of its renewal in April 2000 to no avail. It was a one-and-done series.

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The DVD release includes a good number of nice extras, including an "on the set" feature from an EPK shot at the time of the series and then a four-part documentary (about two hours total) with interviews with the show's producers and all the primary cast.

Glenn Gordon Caron, creator of "Moonlighting," tells the story of Les Moonves coming to him to coax him back to television by giving him carte blanche to develop any pilot. Caron brainstormed and said "Now and Again" was influenced by the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees."

The four-part documentary tells the story of making the pilot, the series and then how it all ended in an on-the-bubble cancellation following a cliffhanger ending.

"That was me trying to game the network," Caron acknowledged of ending on a cliffhanger. "I heard they were inclined to bring us back. ... Little did I know, they didn't care. I never would have done that episode if I'd known that was the case."

Caron acknowledges he was both heartbroken and mildly relieved because the series was so different.

"We all know how to do a family show, a spy show, a science fiction show, but it was juggling all the genres," he said. "How do all these things co-exist? It was exhausting."

Another special feature is a roundtable discussion among Caron and two other writers about writing the series and what they imagined might have happened in season two.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:01 -0400
Say goodbye to 'Chelsea Lately' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38257-say-goodbye-to-chelsea-lately http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38257-say-goodbye-to-chelsea-lately

 

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It's the end of the road for late-night show "Chelsea Lately" on E! tonight at 11, leading to an even more male-dominated late-night TV landscape.

Host Chelsea Handler has already lined up a new series on Netflix for 2016, though it remains to be seen how well a daily talk show can flourish in the online streaming medium.

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Here's what E! says viewers can expect from the "Chelsea Lately" series finale tonight:

E!’S HIT LATE NIGHT SERIES “CHELSEA LATELY” ENDS LEGENDARY SEVEN YEAR RUN WITH LIVE FINALE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 AT 11:00 PM

A PERFORMANCE BY 50 CENT, ALONG WITH 30+ STARS TO APPEAR INCLUDING JENNIFER ANISTON AND SANDRA BULLOCK

Los Angeles, CA, August 11, 2014 – E!’s “Chelsea Lately” is ending its legendary run with a live finale on Tuesday August 26th featuring a star-packed series finale that will be sure to make TV history.  After seven years, Chelsea Handler is saying goodbye and some of her very famous friends are stopping by to help mark the occasion when Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and 30 more of Hollywood’s biggest stars descend upon the famed Stage 1 at Universal Studios for one last curtain call. 

Rap star 50 Cent will stop by to perform with his group G Unit and reminisce with Chelsea – his former lover.  This will be the first time they are together since breaking up. The live finale of “Chelsea Lately” finale will go down in television history when a countless array of celebrities come to pay homage to Chelsea.

Justin Theroux, Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Joe Manganiello, Leah Remini, Selena Gomez, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver and Kristen Chenoweth, Trace Adkins, Avril Lavigne, James Van Der Beek, Rachel Bilson, Mary McCormack, Kelly Osbourne, Helen Hunt, Sheila E, Richard Marx, Kathryn Hahn, Johnny Knoxville, Tim Gunn, Anna Faris, Gabriel Iglesias, Chloe Grace Moretz, Buzz Aldrin, Sammy Hagar, Vanessa Hudgens, Sophia Bush, Jenny & Jason Biggs, Allison Janney, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Nealon, Marlee Matlin and David Hasselhoff will all close the show in a musical number that will blow the roof off Stage 1.

Host Chelsea Handler has made tens of millions laugh over seven successful seasons on E! with over 1300 episodes of “Chelsea Lately,” reigning over late night with her unabashed wit, no-holds-barred sarcasm and a level of hilarity that is unrivaled.  “Chelsea Lately’s” LIVE series finale airs Tuesday, August 26 only on E! at 11:00pm ET

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:06:01 -0400
Revisiting Watergate through Dick Cavett's late-night talk show http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38254-revisiting-watergate-through-dick-cavett-s-late-night-talk-show http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38254-revisiting-watergate-through-dick-cavett-s-late-night-talk-show

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PBS remembers the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation in "Dick Cavett's Watergate" (8 p.m. Tuesday, WQED-TV), which looks at the role of the late-night talk show in covering that political saga.

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At a PBS press conference last month, Cavett said he's aware that some members of younger generations are clueless about Nixon and the scandal that ended his presidency.

 

"It doesn't bother me," he said. "I'm very much aware that there are a lot more people uncomfortably young who don't know whether it refers to a scandal or a hotel or a novel or a porno film.  And I know that some of them are eager to know.  I've talked to a couple who are college‑age now who said, 'I welcome this opportunity to get to know about it.'  'We had a president who should have gone to jail?' And I said yes.  And I think that fact alone is dramatic enough to make it interesting to anybody. And those who remember it, remember what somebody called getting his Watergate fix every morning, how you couldn't wait, if you recall, get the latest news. Is he out? What happened? Have they got him? It was just virtually all you could think about. Hard to imagine now. Two other events in my life are the same, the Army‑McCarthy hearings, the O.J. trial. There might be another one, but Watergate's the king of them."

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:24:01 -0400
TV Q&A: 'The View,' 'Anger Management' and 'The Newsroom' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38295-tv-q-a-the-view-anger-management-and-the-newsroom http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38295-tv-q-a-the-view-anger-management-and-the-newsroom

Click here for a link to headlines of recent TV news and views posts.

TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Submit a question to TV Q&A by clicking here.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Anger Management,” “The Newsroom” and “The View.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Could you please tell me when “Anger Management” will return with new episodes? 

- Jean, 65, Oakland

Rob: New episodes of “Anger Management” are airing on FX at 10 p.m. Mondays.

 

Q: Is there any word on when "The Newsroom" is returning to HBO? The first two seasons were shown during the summer.

- Mark, 63, Pittsburgh

Rob: The final season will air sometime this fall, but HBO has not announced a premiere date, though that’s expected to come in the next week or so.

 

Q: Who will the new members of "The View" be? 

- Fran, Shaler

Rob: Good question. ABC has not announced who the new cast members will be on Sept. 15 joining returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg and back-after-a-long-absence co-host Rosie O’Donnell, though there have been reports on some of the folks who have supposedly auditioned.

Expect an announcement any day now.

On Thursday ABC did announce a new set for the show along with this updated logo:

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Q: I have enjoyed the BBC America show “Law and Order: UK. Do you know if any more episodes will be shown here? 

- Jean, Mt. Lebanon

Rob: There are no plans to air more episodes in the U.S., per a BBC America publicist, though they may show up eventually as new episodes did air in the U.K. this past spring.

 

Q: I pay for Comcast OnDemand as part of my cable package. A couple of months ago Comcast starting charging for many OnDemand shows that used to be free (“Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Mom,” “The Americans”). Why is this happening? I feel like I am being double charged. I tried calling Comcast "customer service" and got no satisfaction. My street is not yet wired for FIOS so, if I want cable, Comcast is my only choice.

- Kathleen, 65, Squirrel Hill

Rob: It’s the difference between shows currently airing and library shows. In the past, cable systems put up recent episodes of current series for free and then took them down after a while (and sometimes returned them for stunt periods where they were also free).

Now, rather than taking these episodes down, cable companies make those older episodes available for a price.

“This is the price of purchasing an episode through our digital store, which launched nine months ago and provides the ability to buy digital copies of many movies and TV shows to enjoy anywhere, anytime on a customer’s TV or devices,” explained Comcast spokesman Bob Grove. “Making prior season episodes available to own via Xfinity On Demand is a complement to our massive library of free, current season choices. When ‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Americans’ begin their new seasons, the current season episodes will be available for free on Xfinity On Demand, where we offer all of Nielsen’s top 100 shows for free.”

 

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:48:01 -0400
'BoJack Horseman' animates Netflix http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38252-bojack-on-netflix http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38252-bojack-on-netflix

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Netflix enters the adult animated comedy genre with the generally unfunny "BoJack Horseman," which debuts Friday on the streaming service.

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Will Arnett ("Arrested Development") gives voice to BoJack, the equine star of the 1987-96 ABC sitcom "Horsin' Around" (a single horseman takes in three human children).

Now it's 18 years later and BoJack is washed up. He hangs with human sidekick/roommate Todd (Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad") and fights with his feline agent/ex-lover Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) when he's not procrastinating writing his memoir for his publisher (Patton Oswalt).

Created by writer Raphael Bob-Waksberg (NBC's "Save Me"), "BoJack Horseman" gets the particulars of late '80s sitcoms right and has a few scattershot funny moments but it's mostly not a laugh riot. Attempts at "Family Guy"-style quick-cut flashbacks don't work as well as they do on "Family Guy" and we've seen sad sack, washed-up TV stars before. "BoJack" brings little new to this characterization.

If this comedy doesn't sound up to snuff, Netflix also premiered a new British drama this week and has more in the pipeline. Here's how Netflix describes those programs: 

About "Southcliffe" (already available) - 

From writer Tony Grisoni (Red Riding) and director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), “Southcliffe” is a 4-part miniseries set in a small English town on the first anniversary of a devastating spree killing. David Whitehead (Rory Kinnear) is a successful journalist who reported on a spate of killings in Southcliffe. A year after the murders, he receives a message, apparently from the killer, warning him that the killing is going to start again. But the man who committed this crime, Stephen Morton (Sean Harris), shot himself at the end of his rampage. Could he still be alive? Is it a sick prank? Or has Stephen’s spirit somehow come back to haunt David?  

David returns to the scene of the tragedy and to a past he would rather forget. Because Southcliffe is also the town where he grew up and holds painful memories for him of an unhappy childhood. As David searches for answers, his story interweaves with those closest to the victims of the tragedy, revealing their lives before, during and after the killings. Each of them are looking for answers and for ways to repair their broken lives. Is tragedy somehow hard-wired into the DNA of the place? And is that why it seems to be coming back to strike again…  “Southcliffe” also stars Shirley Henderson,  Anatol Yusef, Eddie Marsan, Nichola Burley, Joe Dempsie, Kaya Scodelario, Lee Ross,  Al Weaver,  Emma Cunniffe, Geoff Bell and Maurice Roëves. The series is a Warp Films production in association with Borderline Films.

 
About "Happy Valley" (premiered Wednesday)- 
Starring BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (“Last Tango in Halifax”), “Happy Valley” is an original six-part drama by BAFTA winning writer Sally Wainwright (“Last Tango in Halifax,” “Scott & Bailey”). The darkly compelling series centres on Catherine (Lancashire), a hard-working, no-nonsense police sergeant  who heads up a dedicated police team in a rural British town. When a staged kidnapping quickly spirals out of control and turns into a much more extreme series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. The series also stars new talent James Norton (“Death Comes to Pemberley”), Steve Pemberton (“Whitechapel”), Siobhan Finneran (“Downton Abbey”), George Costigan (“Calendar Girls”) and Joe Armstrong (“Robin Hood”). Nicola Shindler (“Last Tango in Halifax”) and Wainwright serve as executive producers on “Happy Valley.” The series is a Red Production Company production for the BBC. It premiered on BBC One in the UK to 7.6 million viewers, winning its time slot. The series finale notched up an unprecedented 92.5 audience appreciation rating for the national broadcaster – BBC One’s highest ever AI for a drama series - and was recently nominated for a TV Choice Award for Best Drama as well as being selected for Edinburgh TV Festival’s coveted Programme Choice award.

About "Hinterland" (premieres Sept. 1)- Aberystwyth. Centuries old. A place of searing beauty. A natural crucible of colliding worlds, where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with the modern and contemporary. But its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins - this is a place that lives according to its own rules, a place where grudges fester, where the secrets of the past are buried deep. Into this world steps DCI Tom Mathias. On the run from his past, our thirty-eight year old hero is a brilliant but troubled man. Having abandoned his life in London, he finds himself holed up in a trailer park on the outskirts of town - a place filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. His partner in crime is DI Mared Rhys. Thirty-three years old, Mared is intelligent and complex with demons of her own to conceal. Together, enigmatic outsider Mathias and hometown girl Mared form an engaging partnership. Mathias is at the heart of every story. He is a man we instinctively trust, a man who knows that the key to solving that ultimate anti-social crime, murder, lies not in where you look for truth, but how you look. From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland and beyond, this is a detective drama with pace, poetry and scale. A series made up of four two-hour films with stories that are original and local, yet timeless and universal. Blood, soil and belonging. This is Hinterland. The series stars Richard Harrington and Mali Harries, and was written by Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan, Jeff Murphy and David Joss Buckley. 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:31:01 -0400
'Lost' exhibit at Paley Center West http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38166-lost-exhibit-at-paley-center-west http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38166-lost-exhibit-at-paley-center-west

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's been four years since "Lost" went off the air but a new exhibit at the West Coast branch of The Paley Center shows off props and costumes from the series leading up to a charity auction.

See more photos from the museum after the jump. ...

Charlie's wardrobe:

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Fuselage:

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Dharma initiative uniforms: 

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Polar bear costume:

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Locke's coffin:

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:04:01 -0400
Magic shows are all the rage; Syfy's 'Wizard Wars' is next up http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38211-magic-shows-are-all-the-rage-syfy-s-wizard-wars-is-next-up http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38211-magic-shows-are-all-the-rage-syfy-s-wizard-wars-is-next-up

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What happened to make magic shows so hot a commodity? Already this month The CW debuted "Masters of Illusion" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us." Now Penn & Teller turn up in another magic series, Syfy's "Wizard Wars" (10 tonight).

That attempt to connect a magic show to the sci-fi/fantasy realm doesn't extend beyond the title -- no one shows up wearing robes or a pointy hat -- but the show itself is fairly entertaining.

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Each week, two two-person teams of amateur magicians are given three objects to work with and develop a magic trick or illusion. These two teams face off and the winning team is dubbed the Challengers and they go up against two members of the four-person Wizards panel using four new objects to create another trick/illusion.

A third panel of judges, including Penn & Teller in the premiere episode, picks who creates the best trick and is the episode's winner.

"Wizard Wars" is a fairly straight-forward competition series with some fun magic bits, including an interlude where Penn & Teller show at least an aspect of how a demonstrated trick was performed. That's pretty cool and offers a glimmer of insight to the magicians' process.

It's possible "Wizard Wars" will get old quickly if too many of the tricks contestants come up with look the same, but in this first episode anyway it's a fairly entertaining hour of TV. 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:51:01 -0400
TV commercial seeks Steelers man cave http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38278-tv-commercial-seeks-steelers-man-cave http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38278-tv-commercial-seeks-steelers-man-cave

Think you have the ultimate Steelers man cave? Then a commercial producer wants you!

Read the Pittsburgh Film Office's solicitation after the jump. ...

Here's as much as the PFO gave us:

Do you have the “Ultimate Steeler Man Cave”?  A commercial is looking for the perfect Steeler man cave for an upcoming commercial.  If you have think you have this location, send photos along with your contact information to: sbittle@pghfilm.org.  Submissions deadline is Wednesday (Aug. 20).

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:40:01 -0400
TV Q&A: 'Unforgettable,' on-air corrections in TV news and black bars when watching WPXI http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38270-tv-q-a-unforgettable-on-air-corrections-in-tv-news-and-black-bars-when-watching-wpxi http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38270-tv-q-a-unforgettable-on-air-corrections-in-tv-news-and-black-bars-when-watching-wpxi

 

Click here for a link to headlines of recent TV news and views posts.

TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Submit a question to TV Q&A by clicking here.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Unforgettable,” on-air corrections in TV news and black bars when watching WPXI. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Did CBS not run “Unforgettable” at all Sundaynight? I know the golf tournament ran two hours late, but the news ran at the usual time,11 p.m.I just figured that the episode was held one week.

- Dale, 55, Conway, Beaver County

Rob: Correct, the episodes of “Unforgettable” and “Reckless” that did not air this past Sunday will now air this coming Sunday.

 

Q: This question may be out of the ordinary but I would like to know the reasoning some networks and TV stations, WPXI being the latest, have to alter the screen size format. I and many other folks have bought big screen TVs to enjoy and now they are reducing the screen size. We now have two inches of BLACK at the top and bottom of the screen. Sometimes you can adjust the size, but then you might cut off the top of some person’s head or lose the info crawl line at the bottom.
- Ralph, 79, Penn Hills

Rob: Turns out this is intentional.

“WPXI-TV is the first television station in Pittsburgh to bring our viewers the full screen of video for our Standard Definition (SD) viewers,” explained WPXI general manager Ray Carter. “Since the conversion to High Definition (HD) in June of 2009, our HD viewers have been able to see a larger picture. Now with the conversion to a “letterbox” format for our SD viewers, they too are now able to see this expanded view. This allows us to use the whole screen for our video without having our SD viewers miss a thing. Many other stations who broadcast in HD have likewise upgraded their SD signals to display the full screen like WPXI-TV. We realize that it may take a little adjusting to get used to the new format, but we hope they appreciate the additional material that they are now able to see when watching on an SD channel.”

 

Q: Last week your column contained a good comment from "Donna" regarding on-air speakers (news).  I too find the speech of some local news people completely annoying -- so much so that I've given up watching certain stations. “Shrip Dishric,” “shrong shorms,” “shreet.” Where are they learning to speak like this? And does no one at the stations where they work notice and perhaps offer help to teach them enunciation?

- Sylvia, Conway, Pa.

Rob: Can’t say this is something I’ve ever noticed. There was once a Pittsburgh meteorologist who referred to “tunderstorms” but that seemed like a speech impediment rather than an affectation.

I sent Sylvia’s question to the three news directors in town; none responded.

 

Q: I heard two errors on yesterday’s KDKA-TV noon news. If I called and told them, would they have corrected them on-air like the Post-Gazette does in print? Kimberly Gill made mention of the fact that there have been many murders in the City of Pittsburgh lately, but the story she reported was about the ambush murder in Duquesne. Later in the newscast, Ralph Iannotti reported that an injured police officer was from Baldwin Township instead of Baldwin Borough.

- Robert, 64, Whitehall
Rob:
TV stations will report big errors, especially when threatened with legal action, but this is pretty picayune stuff. (Yes, newspapers correct a lot more but TV is a different medium that follows different best practices guidelines.)

When we get complaints like this we make sure that our producers and reporters are aware and make the proper changes to their copy when writing the story for future newscasts,” explained KDKA-TV news director Anne Linaberger. “We certainly welcome viewers to call or email us when they notice errors.”

 

Q: Would you know if ME-TV (Pgh. area Comcast Ch. 190) goes "off air" or shuts down at certain times? Being a Corvette owner (who watched Route 66 "back in the day"/originally) I've been taping on my VCR (I know - I'm a "Dinosaur") every show at 3:00a.m. Monday. TWICE - in the last two months - I've come up with "blank video" after I re-wound/played back the tape. I doubt if it's my GO-VIDEO VCR, as everything else replays with no problem.

NO Big Deal...just wondered if you had access to the answer;  when I googled "me-tv", I gave up after 20 minutes trying to find the answer.

-Ron, Pittsburgh

Rob: I haven’t heard this complaint from anyone else and WPXI checked and found no issues.

“We aren't aware of any issues with the Route 66 program recently,” said WPXI general manager Ray Carter. “We reviewed the last 8 weeks of Monday @ 3 am shows and all of the shows were there. We haven't received any other complaints specific to that show or time period.”

I wondered if it could be a Comcast issue but Comcast spokesman Bob Grove said, “Our engineers report no technical issues with that programming in any of our systems.”

 

read more blogQ: I always see "This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below)" in your columns.
But, I never see anything that says "read more" nor a "jump," whatever that means. 
I took a screen cap from my browser of today's column, so you can see what I mean.

Can you explain?

- Jeffrey, 50, Uniontown

Rob: Finally, a technical question I CAN answer!

When you get to the TV Q&A or the daily blog post from the PG home page or the Tuned In Journal sig on the TV page, it jumps you right to the full post of whatever that day’s headline is.

But on the Tuned In Journal index page, you will see only a headline, a few paragraphs and then a “Read more” link (pictured above). Clicking on that link or the headline takes you to the full post.

Here’s the Tuned In Journal index page for easy bookmarking: http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in

 

UPDATE

We had a question a few weeks ago about the SEC Network and Comcast. Now we have more information: The network launches locally today on Channels 269 (SD) and 842 (HD) for customers with digital preferred service and above.

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:09:01 -0400
From Shark Week to Bark Week on The Hub http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38191-from-shark-week-to-bark-week-on-the-hub http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38191-from-shark-week-to-bark-week-on-the-hub

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There's a pretty good chance many TV viewers know we're at the tail end of Discovery Channel's annual programming event, "Shark Week."

What might be less welll known are all the spin-offs/rip-offs on other networks, including "Bark Week," featured in the video above.

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Yes, now there is "Bark Week," a week of dog-themed programming that begins at 8 p.m. Sunday on kids' network The Hub.

Earlier this month, the Sportsman Channel had a week of pig-themed shows with "The Aporkalypse." And in the most blatant rip-off, National Geographic Chanel is currently airing a week-long "SharkFest," which includes "When Sharks Attack: Panic in Paradise" (7 tonight).

Over at Discovery Channel, "Shark Week" begins its wrapup with the final episode of "Shark After Dark" tonight at 11 with guest Chelsea Handler.

And another "Bark Week" promo, called "Paws":

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:24:01 -0400