Tuned In Journal http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com Wed, 06 May 2015 15:33:10 -0400 en-gb Another Mister Rogers book http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38924-another-mister-rogers-book http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38924-another-mister-rogers-book

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More than a decade after his death from stomach cancer, interest in the life of Latrobe native Fred Rogers ("Mister Rogers' Neighborhood") remains high as evidenced by the pretty regular stream of books about his life (a bio-pic feature film is also in development).

The latest book, "Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers" ($17, WJK Books) by Michael G. Long, goes over a lot of ground familiar to anyone who's followed the career of Rogers closely. But the book also includes some unexpected detours.

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"Peaceful Neighbor" largely chronicles Rogers' disdain for war and appreciation for peace, including his 1980s, Cold War visit with a Russian puppeteer; rerunning episodes emphasizing peace during the first Gulf War and his reaction to fighting against terrorism in the wake of 9/11.

There are also chapters on race and diversity, hunger issues and his vegetarianism.

But the most striking section tells one story I had not heard before about Rogers' counsel to Francois Clemmons, an actor on the "Neighborhood" who struggled with his homosexuality in the 1960s and '70s. Rogers did not judge Clemmons but he also apparently worried about the impact on the "Neighborhood" if Clemmons  was spotted in a gay bar. (The book, of course, only has Clemmons' side of the story.)

Given the era, Rogers' reaction is not surprising but it does suggest more complexity than "I like you just the way you are," Rogers' open-armed embrace of all his viewers that resulted in Westboro Baptist Church picketing Rogers' memorial service in 2003.

Clemmons appeared on the "Neighborhood" through 1993, though Long's book never explains why the actor departed at that point, instead looking at Rogers' quiet support of his church, Sixth Presbyterian in Squirrel Hill, becoming a gay-welcoming, More Light congregation in 1997.

While we're on the subject of Mister Rogers, here's a recent Mister Rogers-themed music video of the song "Here's to the Zeros" by the band Marianas Trench:

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 06 May 2015 08:40:01 -0400
Production began today on 'Outsiders' in Pittsburgh http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39071-production-began-today-on-outsiders-in-pittsburgh http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39071-production-began-today-on-outsiders-in-pittsburgh

Nothing really new from what I reported last month, but WGN America announced the production start of new drama "Outsiders" today in Pittsburgh.

Read the network's release after the jump. ...

 

PRODUCTION BEGINS IN PITTSBURGH ON WGN AMERICA’S ‘OUTSIDERS,’

NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES

FROM AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT PETER MATTEI,

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER PETER TOLAN AND

EMMY AWARD-WINNER PAUL GIAMATTI

Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios Production, Slated to Debut in 2016,

Centers on the Farrell Family, a Powerful, Mysterious Appalachian Clan

Emmy Award-Winning Director Adam Bernstein to Direct Two Episodes

13-Episode Drama Stars David Morse, Joe Anderson, Thomas M. Wright and Ryan Hurst,

Among Others

 

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 5, 2015) – Production begins today in and around Pittsburgh, PA on WGN America’s new original drama series “Outsiders,” a tale of struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia.  A Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios production, “Outsiders” is written and created by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executive produces alongside Fedora Entertainment's Emmy® Award winner Peter Tolan("Rescue Me," "Analyze This"), Emmy Award-winning actor Paul Giamatti ("John Adams," "Sideways"), Dan Carey ("All Is Bright") for Touchy Feely Films and Fedora’s Michael Wimer ("2012," "Rake").  Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein (“30 Rock,” “Fargo”) will direct two installments of WGN America’s 13-episode, one-hour drama, slated to premiere in early 2016.

"Outsiders" tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of renegades who've been in the hills of Kentucky since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they'll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.

The ensemble cast for “Outsiders” includes: David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”) as Big Foster, a gruff and powerful heir to leadership; Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”) as Asa, a member of the Farrell clan looking to rejoin the family after a stint with the outside world; Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge,” “Top of the Lake”) as Sheriff Wade Houghton, a cop who has a history with the Farrells, and grapples with a few troubles of his own; Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”), as Lil Foster, a massive mountain man and son of Big Foster; Gillian Alexy (“The Americans,” “Damages”) as G'Winveer, a survivor and Asa’s confidante; Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper,” “Veronica Mars”) as Hasil, an intuitive soul who feels rejected by the group; Christina Jackson(“Boardwalk Empire,” “Deception”) as Sally-Ann, a beautiful girl from a mining town who is fascinated by the Farrells and Hasil in particular; Francie Swift(“Hostages,” “House of Cards”) as Haylie, a cunning, all-American community relations manager with the encroaching coal company; and Phyllis Somerville(“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Big C”) as Lady Ray, the regal yet tough leader of the Farrell clan.

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About WGN America and Tribune Studios

WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 74 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan,” “Underground,” "Outsiders” and “Ten Commandments,” along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports.  Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.  Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica.  For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 05 May 2015 15:48:03 -0400
Wentworth Miller back on 'The Flash' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39032-wentworth-miller-back-on-the-flash http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39032-wentworth-miller-back-on-the-flash

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PASADENA, Calif. -- One week from tonight on The CW's "The Flash" (8 p.m. Tuesday, WPCW), 1990 Quaker Valley High School grad Wentworth Miller returns to the superhero series as Captain Cold for the episode "Rogue Air."

Miller, pictured above at right, and his "Prison Break" co-star Dominic Purcell (above at left as Heat Wave), finds his character approached by foe The Flash (Grant Gustin), who seeks his assistance.

In a January interview, Miller said he's relieved not to have a lead role in "The Flash" as he had on "Prison Break."

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"I don't have to should it and be the face on billboards and having to do all the press," he said. "What I appreciate most, after playing a really good guy for four years on 'Prison Break' -- and I was also the guy who was there to explain things to the audience, always spouting exposition while the bad guys are turning cartwheels around me -- now I get to the bad guy and play that game and it's been a lot of fun."

Prior to his recurring guest star stint on "The Flash" this season, Miller was basically out of the limelight since "Prison Break" ended in 2009.

"It was important for me to recharge and regroup and writing offered me the opportunity to be my own master," said Miller, who wrote several screenplays, including 2013's "Stoker" and the upcoming "The Disappointments Room." "I don't have to be on set at 5 inthe morning but I found I missed being on set and that community of cast and crew putting together great TV, so now I'd like to do a bit of both if that us possible. It would be nice to act and write as well."

Miller said it's not important to him to be the lead in a series, "the most important thing is the character and exploring and bringing to life something new and fresh and inspirin and it doesn't matter how big the part is."

In Jauary Miller said he didn't mind the "pop in" role he has on "The Flash," but if he were to be a lead in a TV series, he'd want it to be on a limited series rather than a show that produces 22-24 episode per season. But since then Miller has been floated as one of the "Flash" cast members who might be moving to a spin-off series. We may get a better sense of that in-development show when The CW announces its 2015-16 plans next week.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:01 -0400
'Sesame Street' parodies 'Game of Thrones' and 'House of Cards' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38982-sesame-street-parodies-game-of-thrones-and-house-of-cards http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38982-sesame-street-parodies-game-of-thrones-and-house-of-cards

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If you missed it last month, above you'll find the "Sesame Street" parody of "Game of Thrones," called "Game of Chairs." It's pretty amusing.

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Here's the recent "House of Cards" parody, "House of Bricks":

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 04 May 2015 10:42:01 -0400
TV Q&A: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Younger,' 'Bones' and a former Pittsburgh news anchor http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39054-tv-q-a-grey-s-anatomy-younger-bones-and-a-former-pittsburgh-news-anchor http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39054-tv-q-a-grey-s-anatomy-younger-bones-and-a-former-pittsburgh-news-anchor

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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 “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Younger” and “Bones.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: I was surprised and disappointed to see Patrick Dempsey out of “Grey's.” How much longer will this show last, since every season they lose an important cast member? Why did Dempsey leave?

- FRAN, SHALER

Q: I am a faithful viewer of “Grey's Anatomy.” In last Thursday's episode (April 23) Derek died of injuries from a car/truck accident.  I could not believe that this very popular (and handsome) actor is being "killed off." Do you know why?

I was VERY disappointed.

- SUE, BETHEL PARK

Rob: The official story seems to be that it’s just the direction the story took the writers, but Dempsey had signed a new contract not that long ago that kept him on the series through May 2016.

So my guess is the real reason is closer to the report I linked to in TV Q&A last week that suggested trouble behind the scenes. “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes has had no problem writing off some actors in the past (see: Isaiah Washington’s exit) and perhaps she saw a need to exercise her “no jerks” policy again.

 

Q: Is the Thatcher home shown on Hallmark's “When Calls the Heart” an actual home or set and where is it located?

- ELAINE, MT. LEBANON

Rob: “When Calls the Heart” films in Vancouver, British Columbia, where a lot of TV shows are produced these days. The building used as the Thatcher home is actually the University Women’s Club of Vancouver

 


Q: Will “Fortitude” be back next season? How about “Broadchurch,” “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Vicious.”

- JANET, BRADDOCK HILLS

Rob: Yes, all of these series have been renewed. “Last Tango” is back with new episodes on PBS at 8 p.m. June 28 and “Vicious” will be back on PBS later in the summer at 10:30 p.m. Aug 23 (announced on May 4, 2015). No ETA on returns for “Fortitude” or “Broadchurch.”

 

Q: Interesting review on Friday for the show "Happyish" where you call attention to the profanity being used. 

I would be interested in your take on the new TV Land show, "Younger." I happened to check the pilot, out of curiosity and found they were, in addition to profanity, discussing women's and men's genitals, women's "bushes," exposed their breasts (though digitally obscured) and other sexually explicit things.  

Also, not to mention the ever increasing number of commercials for medications geared toward male and female sexual ailments and aids, especially between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

The trend started some time ago, but seems to be getting out of hand.

- Barry, Mt. Lebanon.

Rob: I don’t find anything offensive about medication ads, regardless of the medicine’s purpose, and the reason those ads air during the news is because old people who use such drugs are the primary audience for national newscasts.

I reviewed “Younger” and did not find it offensive but “Happyish” just went over the top and seemed to be trying way too hard, particularly with the characters giving the middle finger to the camera at the start of every episode.

 

Q: We enjoy the show "Allegiance" and when it first aired it was on Thursday night at the 10 p.m. time slot. The past few weeks this time slot is airing “Dateline NBC,”  however when I go to our "On Demand" feature with our cable provider we find new episodes of "Allegiance" weekly available to us.  Some of the episodes on Verizon FiOS TV on demand are free some are marked to rent or buy.  Do you know why "Allegiance" is not airing on regular TV but is available with "On Demand" and why some episodes are not free?

-WAYNE, ROSS TOWNSHIP 

Rob: NBC canceled “Allegiance” after just a few episodes but the network is making the unaired episodes available on demand weekly, debuting Thursday nights (the season/series finale became available this week.)

An NBC publicist said all “Allegiance” episodes are available for free but some cable providers offer episodes for sale through a separate service that comingles with the on demand service.

 

Q: Why did Sweets get written out of “Bones”?

- ELAINE, MCDONALD

Rob: Because the actor who played Sweets, John Francis Daley, has a budding career as a director including this summer’s “Vacation” reboot

 

 

Q: I enjoy CBS's “Battle Creek,” and yet, it is likely to be canceled. What went wrong? Wrong time slot?  

- JENNA LUNT, LAS VEGAS

Rob: Maybe that was part of it but I think the bigger issues is that while it was somewhat distinctive for CBS, it was not distinctive enough for TV, especially airing on Sunday, the biggest night of TV for quality programming.

 

Q: What is going on with “Hawaii 5-0”? Have watched it from the beginning and it seems as though they are not using Scott Caan very much, in fact some weeks he is not even on the show. They seem to be using the actor from the police force more and more. I would like to see them go back to the original four characters.

- LU, MARS

Rob: This one seemed like a simple question but three weeks later I still don’t have an answer to Lu’s question from CBS Television Studios.

They did provide this response from executive producer Peter Lenkov: “’Hawaii Five-0’ will always be a show about an elite police task force. That will never change. On a creative level, we have introduced new characters such as Lou Grover and Jerry Ortega, who the fans have responded to very positively. As our ‘Ohana’ grows, so do the storylines and our show reflects that.”

But that does not answer Lu’s question about why Caan has been MIA, and efforts to get an answer have been met with silence. Is it a cost-saving measure? Are there behind-the-scenes dustups? Who knows?

 

Q: I know I can change the channel and I do. My question is: Could I be the only person that cannot stand “The Dr. Oz Show” anymore? His boring, repetitive shows have got to end. I started watching “The Queen Latifah Show,” liked her very much and now that show has been taken off the air. I can’t stand “Judge Judy.” I now listen to the radio at 4 p.m. Must TV always go for the lowest common denominator?

- SARAH, PITTSBURGH

Rob: Sarah is not alone in her disdain for the TV doctor, who has come under fire a lot recently

But the reality is as long as viewers tune into doctor shows – even doctors of questionable repute – those programs will continue to air.

 

Q: Molyneaux Flooring has a commercial spokeswoman (short blond hair, with and without glasses) that I could swear used to be on one of the local news channels as a weekend anchor. (I think it was Fox53 when they had their own news program).  I can't find her name anywhere and I even sent an email to Molyneaux asking the same question (no answer).

Would you happen to know her name?

- STEVEN, NORTH HUNTINGDON

Rob: That is Leslie Merrill, who was weekend news anchor Leslie Pallotta on WPGH back when the station produced its own newscast.

“My apologies for everyone having to see them every few minutes,” Merrill wrote to me when I contacted her via Facebook. “I've literally received hundreds of calls, emails and messages about them.”

Merrill now lives in Dallas and continues to do some freelance TV/film work and has started a communications consulting company.

 

KEEP OR CANCEL RESULTS

The results of the annual Keep or Cancel poll are in today's Tuned In column: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2015/05/01/Tuned-In-7/stories/201505010094

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Fri, 01 May 2015 23:59:01 -0400
Tuned In podcast: 'Happyish,' 'Scandal,' 'Last Week Tonight' and 'Going Clear' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39053-tuned-in-podcast-happyish-scandal-last-week-tonight-and-going-clear http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39053-tuned-in-podcast-happyish-scandal-last-week-tonight-and-going-clear

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss "Scandal," "Happyish," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Going Clear."

Find the podcast link after the jump. ...

Access the Tuned In podcast on the PG Soundcloud siteor below:

 

 

 

 

 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:44:01 -0400
'Penny Dreadful' back for season two on Showtime http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39038-penny-dreadful-back-for-season-two-on-showtime http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39038-penny-dreadful-back-for-season-two-on-showtime

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The second-season premiere of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" is already available for free viewing online and that episode airs at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The series, set in Victorian England, brings supernatural elements into a period setting. Josh Hartnett (pictured above), who stars as gunslinger-turned-wolfman Ethan Chandler, said the show's setting propels its stories.

"The Industrial Revolution was having an effect on people's understanding of culture in general and of family and of city versus country," he said at a Jannuary Showtime press conference. "I think the life expectancy in London at this point was something like 26. It was very low. And there happened to be wonderful writers tapping into that and writing allegorical stories about that fear."

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Series creator/writer John Logan cited horror and alienation as themes the series taps into.

"It's about being divorced from yourself and trying to figure out where you belong in a society.  And England in 1891 was on the cusp of new era," Logan said. "Everything from electrical lighting to everything Dr. Frankenstein explores to vivisection to the religion being established. ... People were disquieted.  They were alienated. They didn't know what the future was going to bring, and those great writers ‑‑ the H.G. Wells, the Bram Stokers ‑‑ you know, were able to take that and transform it into literal representations of that anxiety and also that hope, because I think, to me, what I always come back to for 'Penny Dreadful,' surprisingly, given the inherent darkness of the show, is that these people are aspiring. You know, they live in dark rooms, but they are trying to find the light in some desperate way."

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:55:01 -0400
PBS premieres 'Last Days in Vietnam' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39016-pbs-premieres-last-days-in-vietnam http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39016-pbs-premieres-last-days-in-vietnam

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The Rory Kennedy-directed documentary "Last Days in Vietnam" played in Pittsburgh theatrically last fall -- read Barry Paris' review -- and it debuts tonight on PBS's "American Experience" (9 p.m. WQED-TV).

The film includes interviews with Mt. Lebanon native Col. Stuart Herrington, who is retired from service in the U.S. Army and now lives in Carlsbad, Calif. Herrington graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1960 and from Duquesne University in 1964. He lived in Pittsburgh until he went to Vietnam in the early 1970s.

The film, which has been criticized by some for its accuracy, recounts the final days of the Vietnam War and the evacuation of American personnel from Saigon, while the Americans stationed there worried about the fate of the South Vietnamese friends at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army.

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stuart herringtonAt a January PBS press conference, Herrington (pictured at right) recalled his involvement in the evacuation.

"I had the misfortune to be the guy on the ground who spoke Vietnamese, who reassured these frightened people that nobody will be left behind," he said. "And, then, of course, a presidential order intervened. And when there were 420 of them left. ... I was ordered to leave, and I did, and that wasn't a good moment. I thought about those 420 people for the better part of 37 years, living in not daily dread, but living in perpetual dread of having to face one of them someday."

Three years ago he received word from Binh Pho, one of the 420, who wanted to speak to Herrington.

"I felt I at least owed him that, principally an apology and an explanation. So we did get together, and when we did, he thanked me," Herrington said. "He thanked me for what I didn't do because he remembered the girlfriend who was with him was someone he barely knew. Had I put them on the helicopter and off to Guam, they would have gone together. He would have probably married her and been miserable the rest of his life. Instead, they broke up very shortly after the fall of Saigon, and it took him five years to get out. In the process of that, he went to a Malaysian camp where he met the love of his life, and they lived happily ever after."

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:01 -0400
The cast and characters of shot-in-Pittsburgh drama 'Outsiders' http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39037-outsiders-cast-characters http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/39037-outsiders-cast-characters

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Last week I wrote about the primary local locations chosen for WGN America's "Outsiders," which begins production next Tuesday in Pittsburgh. It's expected to air on the cable network in early 2016.

"Outsiders" will be the third, hour-long prime-time series to be filmed in Western Pennsylvania following A&E's ratings dud "Those Who Kill" and the currently-in-production fourth season of Cinemax's "Banshee." (I'm not counting the 2007 Spike TV effort "The Kill Point" just because that was introduced as a miniseries, not an ongoing series, even though a second season was considered before being abandoned for cheaper reality fare.)

So what is "Outsiders" about and who are the lead characters?

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Here's how WGN America describes the series:

A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia, "Outsiders" tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who've been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they'll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.  "Outsiders" is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei who also serves as Executive Producer with Emmy Award(r)-winning Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me," "Analyze This") from Fedora Entertainment, Emmy Award(r)-winning actor Paul Giamatti ("John Adams," "Sideways") and Dan Carey ("All Is Bright") from Touchy Feely Films and Fedora Entertainment's Michael Wimer ("2012," "Rake").  WGN America has ordered 13 episodes of the one-hour drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios.

And here's WGN America's list of the show's primary cast and descriptions of their characters:

Joe Anderson (“The Divide”) as Asa - Intelligent and attractive, with a powerful centeredness, Asa bridges the mountain and the "outside" world.  While he realizes that saving his people is of huge, symbolic importance, a darker side will emerge as he is forced into a position of vying for power.

David Morse (“Treme”) as Big Foster - Weathered, with a brutal and grandiose primitive power, Big Foster is hot-blooded and reactive, which makes him all the more dangerous.

Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge”) as Sheriff Wade Houghton-- Wade Houghton is a good cop, a functioning bureaucrat in a world that doesn't ask a lot of him, but just below the surface is adeeply troubled man. 

Gillian Alexy (“The Americans”) as G'Winveer -- With a toughness that comes from living off the land in the mountains for all of her life, G'Winveer is a survivor and unexpected, piercing beauty.  As ASA’s friend and confidante, she will push him to take a position of power among their people.

Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper”) as Hasil -- Physically offbeat and not as tough as the rest of the group, Hasil feels like an outsider rejected by his people.  His deep wisdom and intense emotional presence allow him to look into people's souls and see so much more than anyone else.

Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) as Lil Foster – The son of Big Foster (David Morse) and brother of Hasil (Kyle Gallner), Lil Foster is pathologically loyal to his father and will always take his father’s side – until he doesn’t.

Christina Jackson (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Sally-Ann -- Off-beat and beautiful, Sally-Ann's fascination with the Farrell clan and Hasil (Kyle Gallner) will have powerful consequences.

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:01 -0400
Keep or Cancel? poll closes at midnight, vote now! http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38919-voting-opens-in-pg-s-annual-keep-or-cancel-poll http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/tuned-in/item/38919-voting-opens-in-pg-s-annual-keep-or-cancel-poll

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Have a burning TV question? Submit it to TV Q&A today by sending an email to rowen@post-gazette.com

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It's time again for the Keep or Cancel? poll, giving viewers a chance to play programmer and vote for shows from the 2014-15 TV season to keep or cancel. To see what's in danger, read this column.

Voting closes at the end of the day today.

Read more -- including a link to voting -- after the jump. ....

For the first time the poll includes streaming series on Netflix.

To cast a ballot, visit http://old.post-gazette.com/tv/poll/default.asp (the poll tends to load a little slowly so give it some time, please).

Votes will be tallied on the Web through April 26, and the results will be published in my Friday Tuned In column on May 1. Results will be sent to the entertainment presidents of each of the broadcast networks before the networks make their upfront announcements in May.

As always, already canceled shows that aired during the current TV season are included on our ballot so that voters can voice their opinions on these programs, even if everyone knows these shows won't be back. A few programs that have yet to premiere but are scheduled to debut during the polling period also are included. 

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rowen@post-gazette.com (Rob Owen) Tuned In Journal Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:40:00 -0400