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Oprah Winfrey moves on

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by

oprah_ownPASADENA, Calif. -- Earlier this month I wrote about the turmoil at ratings-challenged OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which booted its top executive around the same time.

The reality is even its namesake has been unhappy with OWN's progress going back as far as January. As Oprah Winfrey prepares for the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (4 p.m.today, WTAE), it's worth noting that she recognizes she has her work cut out for her when it comes to OWN.

Read what she had to say after the jump. ...

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TV criticism 101: The 'Glee' example

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by

3-Glee_300_250_FYC_v1Here's what makes TV criticism so different from film criticism: When you review a movie, you're done with that movie. Sure, your impressions of the film may change over time but with the rare exception of George Lucas going back and tinkering with his original "Star Wars" movies, films are generally static. They don't change.

That's not the case with TV shows, which change over time. Some TV shows get better, some get worse over the course of many episodes. But they rarely stay the same.

TV is a dynamic medium which is both gratifying for its fans and crazy-making for those who try to stay on top of it all.

I was reminded of that last week when I stumbled upon this "for your consideration" Emmy ad (at right) that quotes from December's best TV of 2010 column.

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Smells like Wookie spirit

Monday, 23 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by

In honor of tonight's premiere of "The Bachelorette" (9 p.m., WTAE), enjoy a mashup of "The Bachelor" and "Star Wars," after the jump. ...

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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 show cancellations, “Hawaii Five-0” and so-called breaking news.

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

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The CW's fall schedule

Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by
The CW has announced its fall 2011 schedule. Read it after the jump. ...

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CBS's fall 2011 schedule

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by

CBS announced its fall schedule this morning. "Good Wife" moves to Sunday; "CSI" moves to Wednesday. Read the full release after the jump. ...

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ABC's fall 2011 schedule

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 12:00 AM Written by

ABC has announced its fall 2011 prime-time schedule.

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Fox Fall 2011 schedule

Monday, 16 May 2011 08:24 AM Written by

Following on NBC's release of its fall schedule yesterday, Fox offers its 2011-12 schedule today, and, as expected, it does not include the shot-in-Pittsburgh pilot "Locke & Key," which is being shopped to other networks.

"It's actually a cool pilot with good talent involved," said Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly when I asked him about "Locke" on a teleconference with reporters this morning. "There were tough decisions  and I wish it was an easier decision to make. It came down to we liked the shows we picked and they fit better. That sounds pat but that's really what it is."

A more surprising move: Fox has canceled "America's Most Wanted" as a weekly series after 23 years. Four, two-hour, quarterly specials will air instead.

Read the full Fox schedule release after the jump. ...

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