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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 “Survivor,” “Ice Road Truckers” and local news obsession with the Steelers. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Spike Lee returns to New Orleans for HBO

Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

ifgodiswilling02BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Filmmaker Spike Lee returns to New Orleans for a sequel to his 2006 documentary "When the Levees Broke," checking on the state of the city five years after Hurricane Katrina.

"If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" (9-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, HBO) also makes up for inadequacies Lee found in his first movie on the subject. To find out what they were, click "read more" below. ...

 

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Last chance to own a piece of 'Lost'

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

JackLostFinaleStill mourning the end of "Lost" and/or how it ended?

Now's your last chance to own a piece of the show, including a Dharma van or jeep. Hurley's Camaro and pieces of the Oceanic Flight 815 wreckage.

"Lost" props are going up for auction this weekend. Read full details in the release after the jump. ...

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2010 regional Emmy nominations

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 08:00 PM Written by

The 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award nominations were announced tonight at simultaneous events in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and this year Pittsburgh stations made a better showing. That's what happens when local stations actually enter the competition.

For years Pittsburgh stations have had varying reactions to the Emmys -- ignoring, embracing, boycotting -- but this year representatives of KDKA, WPXI and WTAE said each entered as an organization; due to financial constraints, WQED did not enter as an organization but employees entered on their own.

Pittsburgh outlets saw their nomination haul increase from a total of 25 nominations last year to 44 for 2010.

As usual, WQED had the most nominations with 16 but not by much. KDKA came in second with 14 nods, WPXI had 8 and WTAE scored 6.

In some categories, Pittsburgh outlets were no-shows -- feature news report, serious feature, human interest, politics/government -- but that's not surprising as those are reporting categories where Pittsburgh stations too rarely venture.

The 28th regional Emmys, honoring work from stations and individuals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, will be held Sept. 25 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Read the full list of nominees after the jump. ...

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Comedy Central jumps in a 'Big Lake'

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

big-lake-group2Comedy Central jumps into a scripted, laugh track sitcom business with "Big Lake," a comedy set in a fictional Pennsylvania town with some proximity to Pittsburgh. (In the pilot, there's a mention of watching a Pirates game on TV.)

Super-earnest Josh (Chris Gethard) returns home to Big Lake after losing his job as a Wall Street banker in a scandal that also robbed his father (James Rebhorn) of his retirement savings. Josh renews his friendship with a high school buddy, Glenn (Horatio Sanz), and his high school history teacher (Chris Parnell).

The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity. Read more after the jump. ...

 

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'Weeds' withers?

Monday, 16 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

weeds_gal6_0getaway_groupShowtime's "Weeds" returns for its sixth season tonight at 10 -- followed by the premiere of "The Big C" -- and the show may be starting to take an interesting turn.

I've been largely bored by "Weeds" for a couple of seasons now, pretty much ever since Nancy and her crew left suburbia. I understand the need to inject new life into an aging show with a fresh setting but it was such a stark contrast from the show's original premise.

Now I'm starting to think "Weeds" may -- emphasis on "may" because I have no idea what executive producer Jenji Kohan and the other writers have planned -- come back around and land in an interesting place.

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TV Q&A

Submit questions to Rob Owen.

This week’s TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Wipeout,” “Friday Night Lights” and a former WTAE reporter. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'90s stars reunite in 'Melissa & Joey'

Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Mel_JoeyTake two 1990s TV youth stars -- Melissa Joan Hart of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (1996-2003, ABC) and Joey Lawrence of "Blossom" (1991-95, NBC) -- plop them in the midst of what's essentially a remake of a 1980s sitcom (ABC's 1984-1992 hit "Who's the Boss?") and you get ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey," an uninspired, Frankensitcom made from the parts of older, better shows.

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