Tuned In Journal

Newcomer Jake Lacy: 'Better With You'

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 04:00 AM Written by

jake_lacy_useBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's a truism that TV makes stars. Every fall TV season, fresh faces arrived on our TVs and some of those folks, who we've never heard of before, go on to have huge careers.

Of course, we can't predict who those standouts will be. I'm still wondering why Nan Woods, who played donut dolly Cherry on the first couple of season of "China Beach," quit acting and disappeared from TV.

So who knows what will become of Jake Lacy, the newcomer who stars in ABC's "Better with You" (8:30 tonight, WTAE), but he makes a positive first impression.

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New Fox comedies: 'Raising Hope,' 'Running Wilde'

Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:05 AM Written by
RH_HELP_W2.1_rJW3_1One challenge in reviewing TV shows is when the programs come from creators with a track record but the pilot for their latest project is neither their best work nor their worst. It lands somewhere in the mushy middle.

That’s where we find ourselves with two new Fox comedies both from TV veterans who have made us laugh in the past.

“Raising Hope” (9 tonight, WPGH) comes from Greg Garcia, who’s been known to have both critical hits (“My Name is Earl”) and misses (“Yes, Dear”). “Running Wilde” (9:30 tonight, WPGH) was created by Mitch Hurwitz, who previously scored with “Arrested Development” and faced a bucket of cold critical water for the more recent animated comedy “Sit Down Shut Up.”

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The new season begins: 'The Event,' 'Chase' reviewed

Monday, 20 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by


NBC comes out of the gate at the start of premiere week of the 2010-11 TV season with one of the most interesting pilots paired back-to-back with one of the least remarkable.

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen
Submit questions for a future column.

This week’s TV Q&A (after the “Read more” jump below) responds to questions about “Criminal Minds,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Men of a Certain Age.” As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'It's Always Sunny' returns

Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

IASIP_Ep605_Macfightsgaymarriage_Mactalksabouttranny_056FX's often hilarious, often cringe-worthy comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" returns tonight at 10 with an episode that misses the mark, but another upcoming episode offers more hilarity.

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outlaw_smitsViewers with no knowledge of how the Supreme Court functions may not find anything wrong with the premise of NBC's "Outlaw" (previews 10 p.m. tonight; regular time slot premiere at 10 p.m. Friday, WPXI), but anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to current events will find the show preposterous.

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Revisiting 'Rubicon'

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 02:00 AM Written by

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'Life Unexpected' takes an expedient path

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

LU202-9264bSo here's the thing about The CW's "Life Unexpected," returning tonight at 9 on WPCW for its second season: It's a show I want to like but the writers keep shooting themselves in the foot.

"Life" is not terrible but it's also not more than the sum of its parts. It's parts aren't half-bad: Teen foster kid reconnects with birth parents who haven't spoken since the night she was conceived. Mom is engaged to her co-worker; Dad is a slacker scamp. Love triangle between Mom (Shiri Appleby as Cate), Dad (Christopher Pohala as Baze) and Mom's Beau (Kerr Smith as Ryan) ensues.

And this is where the show starts to run off the rails. Read more (including a possible spoiler, you've been warned) after the jump. ...

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