Tuned In Journal

'Supernatural' gets animated

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Check back later today for coverage from the Television Critics Association summer 2011 press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Supernatural_The_Animae_Series_BD_coverIt will be a few months until new episodes of The CW's "Supernatural" air on TV (season premiere: Sept. 23) but new adventures with animated versions of the characters will be available in late July.

Read the DVD press release after the jump. ...

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Lifetime's latest drama: 'Against the Wall'

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

It’s easy to like Lifetime’s new cop drama “Against the Wall” but harderAgainst_blog_1 to respect a show that goes to an obvious place so quickly. The series, debuting Sunday at 10 p.m., follows Abby Kowalski (Rachael Carpani, “The Glades”), a Chicago police officer-turned detective. She comes from a family of cops (shades of CBS’s “Blue Bloods”) and can’t quite muster the courage to tell them her new detective job is with internal affairs, investigating the police when things go sideways.

Not only is her father (Treat Williams, “Everwood”) a cop, but so are her three brothers, including Richie (Brandon Quinn, “Entourage”), whose partner, John Brody (Andrew Walker, “Hot Properties”), Abby calls when she needs stress relief through no-strings-attached sex.

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Syfy.com debuts Pittsburgh-set 'Mercury Men'

Monday, 25 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

ToMercuryMen012110-thumb-550x312-55797day Syfy.com debuts "The Mercury Men," a new web series written and directed by Pittsburgher Chris Preskta. Post-Gazette cybertainment writer Adrian McCoy wrote about the show last week and I had a chance to get a look at six of the 10 episodes.

First, anyone who grew up in the 1980s on the original Indiana Jones and "Star Wars" movies will appreciate Preksta's style and nostalgia for movies of that era. That's particularly true of his "Mercury Men" brand extensions like web pages for "Mercury Men" action figures, which gets the '80s action figure details absolutely right even down to the detail of having a free mail-in figure offer.

As for the series itself, read my review after the jump. ...

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TV Q&A: 'The Big C' + 'The Closer' + Verizon changes

Friday, 22 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Follow Sharon Eberson's coverage from Comic-Con in San Diego at the POPi blog.

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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 “The Big C,” “The Closer” and Verizon changes.

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

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CBS introduces 'Same Name' celebs

Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:02 AM Written by

Follow Sharon Eberson's coverage from Comic-Con in San Diego at the POPi blog.

same_nameIt should come as no surprise that CBS has put "Same Name" (9 p.m. Sunday, KDKA-TV) in the "Undercover Boss" time slot. They're pretty similar shows.

Instead of a boss posing as an employee, a celebrity trades places with one of us regular people who happen to share the same name as the celebrity. In the premiere, "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff meets David Hasselhoff Jr., a power technician from Lake Jackson, Tex.

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'Dance Moms': Episode 2

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Follow Sharon Eberson's coverage from Comic-Con in San Diego at the POPi blog.

dance_moms2After last week's debut of Lifetime's "Dance Moms" (10 tonight), people came out of the woodwork with claims about the local women featured on the shot-in-Pittsburgh TV train wreck.

Among the assertions:

-- Much of what viewers see was staged.

--The show is selectively edited to show people at their worst.

-- Dance Mom Holly, seemingly the most sensible and least objectionable of the moms, used to work at the Ellis School! And now she's at Winchester-Thurston!

Viewers weighed in here on the blog after the series' premiere last week, mostly lambasting teacher Abby Lee Miller and the mothers who subject their children to Abby, an emotional terrorist whose nasty demeanor brings to mind Ursula the Sea Witch from "The Little Mermaid." (Although I will say, a few of the histrionic comments on last week's post were as over-the-top as the show itself; some viewers seemed to take the show as a personal affront. But if a show has no personal impact, it's not worth working yourself into that much of a lather.)

Ratings-wise, "Dance Moms" doubled the ratings for the time period in some key demos but a Lifetime press release buried the "Dance Moms" ratings beneath news of the performance of "Roseanne's Nuts," its lead-in. While the Roseanne Barr reality show drew 1.6 million viewers, viewed as a disappointment by one ratings guru, "Dance Moms" dropped to 1 million viewers. (One has to wonder what Roseanne would think of "Dance Moms" given all her condemnation of bad mom Casey Anthony.)

My response to a couple of the assertions and a preview of episode two after the jump. ...

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PBS's 'POV' presents 'Bibliburro'

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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BiblioburroJudging by its title, the PBS "POV" film "Biblioburro: The Donkey Library" (10 tonight, WQED) sounds like a heart-warming story about Luis Soriano, who travels with his donkey, Beto, to small Columbian villages to bring books and educational lessons to children.

And to a degree, it is. But it's also a little disturbing to see a child draw a picture of a massacre at his aunt's farm by paramilitaries or to hear a girl read a story she wrote about dogs being hanged in her village.

That's not to suggest it's not a worthwhile film. Those details probably make it more worthwhile because it takes us out of our comparatively comfortable American mindset. It's just good to know going in that "Biblioburro" is a little darker than some viewers might expect.

The 56-minute film is subtitled throughout.

Read the PBS show description release after the jump. ...

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'Price is Right' comes on down to Pittsburgh

Monday, 18 July 2011 03:52 PM Written by

CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right" is launching a national contestant search, including a stop in Pittsburgh.

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