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'Big Bang Theory' enters syndication

Thursday, 15 September 2011 12:00 AM Written by

BBTCBS's "Big Bang Theory" has its fifth season premiere on Sept. 22 but it begins its run in syndication on Monday with episodes airing at 6 and 7 p.m. weeknights on WPGH starting Monday. Reruns will also air on TBS Tuesday and Thursday nights starting next week.

But in the meantime, you can enjoy an extended version of the show's theme song by Barenaked Ladies in a music video after the jump. ...

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TV review: CW joins 'The Secret Circle'

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:00 AM Written by

secret_circle_copyBy now, The CW has got making a supernatural teen drama down to a science. So it is with “The Secret Circle” (9 p.m. Thursday, WPCW), a well-made if overly familiar pilot that capably sets up the premise and introduces characters but suffers from a sense that this is a show you’ve seen before.

After her mother’s death, Cassie (Britt Robertson, “Life Unexpected”) moves in with her grandmother (Ashley Crow, “Heroes”) in Chance Harbor, Wash. She’s never been to her mother’s hometown before and with good reason: Mom did not want Cassie falling in with a bad crowd. Specifically, witches. Turns out Chance Harbor is crawling with witches, including some teen witches who can’t wait to meet Cassie and make her part of their – wait for it – Secret Circle.

Not that it seems like much of a secret when just about everyone on the show turns out to be a witch, from the school principal (Natasha Henstridge, “Species”) to her Mean Girl daughter (Phoebe Tonkin) to the town nice guy (Thomas Dekker, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”).

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'Damages' ends its fourth season

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 01:26 PM Written by

damages_s4_finale_copy"Damages" ends another season tomorrow at 10 on DirecTV's Audience Network. Since it's shift to DirecTV, I haven't heard anyone talking about the show. It's like it's dropped into a black hole. And that's too bad because I think this has been one of the show's most consistent, engaging seasons.

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TV review: NBC's light-on-comedy comedies

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:00 AM Written by

up_all_night_copy_copyNBC puts its shakiest foot forward by previewing two new comedies Wednesday after the “America’s Got Talent” season finale. Neither one is a home run and both may be doomed by unforgiving regular time slots that kick in next week.

And then there’s a new reality show about people hating on (mostly) deservedly disliked celebrities.

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TV review: The CW's 'Ringer'

Monday, 12 September 2011 12:00 AM Written by

ringerFans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” are advised to temper their expectations when approaching the new CW series “Ringer,” which stars “Buffy” alum Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Where “Buffy” was smart and sophisticated, “Ringer” (9 p.m. Tuesday, WPCW) is lame and hokey.

The premise – Ms. Gellar stars as twin sisters, each caught up in a web of lies and intrigue – is not bad but the execution is downright laughable at times.

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about NBC’s “Whitney,” WTAE’s decision to move “Rachael Ray” to late night and weekend morning anchors on WPXI. 

As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Rumor of the week: 'Locke & Key' to MTV?

Thursday, 08 September 2011 12:30 PM Written by

This week Deadline.com reported that MTV may -- emphasis on *may* -- have an interest in picking up a series based on the shot-in-Pittsburgh pilot "Locke & Key," coming on the heels of the pilot's screening at San Diego Comic Con.

Fox made the pilot and had it in consideration for its fall schedule but opted not to go forward with it. This spring producers and the studio shopped the show to other networks, including Syfy, but no one bit.

Of course a rumor of a show's revival is far removed from it actually happening, especially in this case when the cast is no longer under contract. And even if the show were revived, there's no guarantee it would film in Pittsburgh. Certainly the budget would have to be pared down for basic cable compared to what it would have been on Fox.

Watch the official trailer for the Fox pilot after the jump. ...

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'Rescue Me' finale, what could have been

Thursday, 08 September 2011 12:00 AM Written by

rescue_finaleLast night FX aired the "Rescue Me" finale, which turned out not to be as bleak as I thought it might be.

Sure, one character died, but Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) lives on. But it almost didn't happen that way.

See what other endings producers considered after the jump. ...

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