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Spike TV's 'Coal' comes to West Virginia

Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:42 PM Written by

Spike TV announced plans today for a docu-reality series set in a West Virginia coal mine about 30 minutes southwest of Morgantown.

Read the release after the jump. ...

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Extreme makeover: Vanilla Ice edition

Thursday, 14 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by


Vanilla Ice is back and this time he's flipping houses.

The rapper debuts "The Vanilla Ica Project" tonight at 9 on DIY Network (check with your cable company for channel location).

More on his latest venture after the jump. ...


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The star of 'Paranormal State' opens up

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:02 AM Written by

ParanormalState_pb_cRyan Buell, the star of "Paranormal State" (season premiere 9 p.m. Sunday, A&E), wrote a book about the series and all the talk so far has been about Buell's revelation that he is bi-sexual.

In "Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown" ($16.99, !t), Buell writes -- with co-writer Stefan Petrucha -- about many of the cases viewers have watched on the A&E TV show and a little bit about his personal life.

He writes about his bisexuality in pretty heartfelt, honest terms, addressing the issue of how that impacts his religious beliefs as a Catholic. He doesn't try to square the two but he does write about both the rejection and acceptance he's received.

Although Buell's sexual identity has gotten most of the ink in coverage of the book, it also has several significant Pittsburgh connections.

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Revisiting 'Rubicon'

Tuesday, 12 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by

Rubicon112It took a while for AMC's "Rubicon" (9 p.m. Sunday) to find its way, which is not unusual for first-year shows. Early "Rubicon" episodes tried too hard to be the anti-"24." Rather than exciting and explosive, "Rubicon" too often was slow and contemplative. And that would have been OK if something happened but too often nothing did except for lead character API analyst Will Travers (James Badge Dale) running his fingers through his Will Schuester-like hair and looking around nervously.

"Rubicon" started to pick up the pace at about episode No. 4 when viewers finally learned what the heck API is (a think tank that offers guidance to all branches of the government's intelligence and military communities). It's also around this time that "Rubicon" began making viewers care about the show's secondary characters, particularly the cold, decisive Kale Ingram (Arliss Howard, the show's stand out performer) and socially awkward API head Truxton Spangler (Michael Cristofer).

Were these guys good or evil? And what did they have to do with the story of Katherine Rhumer (Miranda Richardson), whose husband killed himself in the pilot?

Read more after the jump. Spoilers ahead if you have not seen this past Sunday's episode. ...

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'The Event' redux

Monday, 11 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by

Event10-11Now that I've seen the first three episodes of NBC's "The Event" -- No. 4 airs tonight at 9 on WPXI -- I'm definitely interested in following the series but I also think it's more like "Heroes" (the good, first-season "Heroes") than it is like "Lost."

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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 “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Rescue Me” and a MIA KDKA-TV reporter. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Time to go 'Off the Record'

Thursday, 07 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by


I'm taking a small break from all-things-TV today to encourage readers to come out for the 10th "Off The Record" tonight at 8 at the Byham Theater, Downtown. "Off the Record" is a little like a local Capitol Steps show. I haven't missed one yet and I'll be there this year.

The show is a parody of politics and media in Pittsburgh with this year's theme, "Malpractice Blues," about health care.

But wait, there is a local TV connection -- after the jump. ...


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'Harry Loves Lisa' but will viewers?

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by

HarryLovesLisa_001TVLand's "Harry Loves Lisa" (10 tonight) is another contrived celebreality series but as those go, this one is fairly entertaining.

Don't go taking that as a rave. We're not talking about a great TV show, but among the other celebreality train wrecks, this one may play the closest to a reality version of "I Love Lucy" thanks to Lisa Rinna's inability to edit what she says and Harry Hamlin's studied seriousness.

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