Tuned In Journal

Novel by 'Californication' character published

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 08:01 PM Written by

I have to admit, I didn't stick with Showtime's "Californication" in its second season. No real reason except there's not enough time for me to watch everything.

The third season premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. and to coincide with it, Simon and Schuster has published "God Hates Us All," the book written by Hank Moody (David Duchovny) on the TV show. It's the novel that inspired a horrible movie called "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love," which basically tells Hank's story.

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Kelly Frey gives birth

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 04:39 PM Written by

WTAE viewers probably noticed the absence of pregnant morning anchor Kelly Frey this week. I spoke to her Monday and she told me she was scheduled to have a C-section this morning.

As regular readers will recall, the Post-Gazette's Mackenzie Carpenter wrote about Frey's troubled pregnancy and her and husband Jason's discovery that their baby had a severe form of holoprosencephaly, a major defect of brain formation.

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Call a Cougar

Monday, 21 September 2009 08:01 PM Written by

Two TV shows have taken the same promotional tactic this season: Phone numbers the public can call.

For ABC's "Cougar Town" (9:30 p.m. tomorrow, WTAE), the network sent out postcards for Jules Cobb Real Estate, the company run by Courteney Cox's character. It includes a Web site and phone number for the company. The Web site just re-directs to the ABC page for the show. But if you call the phone number -- 877-528-5255 -- you can hear Cox sounding like she's "making herself available for sex" as she pitches her real estate services and then segues into a pitch for the show.

And then there was this tweet on Twitter:

@boredtodeath Looking for a private detective? Call Jonathan Ames at 646-336-6222.

Calling that number gets you the voice mail of Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) of HBO's "Bored to Death," which premiered Sunday.

Associated Web sites are a more common tool than phone numbers, and here's one for veteran comedy "The Office": A wedding page for Jim and Pam.

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Yet another change to 'Three Rivers'

Monday, 21 September 2009 10:39 AM Written by

Now the replacement for the original "Three Rivers" pilot has been replaced.

CBS has changed the episode order, scrapping the episode intended to air first in favor of a later episode that's presumably a stronger hour. This is just the latest change for the set-in-Pittsburgh series.

It now appears the episode intended for Oct. 4 is now set to air Oct. 11.

UPDATE: A tipster tells me a screening of the new pilot, now airing as the second episode, scheduled to be part of Paleyfest on Sept. 11 was canceled and replaced with the "NCIS: LA" pilot.

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'House' healing; Having the talk on 'Mother'

Sunday, 20 September 2009 08:25 PM Written by

House (Hugh Laurie) says Fox's "House" (8 tonight, WPGH) begins its sixth season with a two-hour episode that's essentially a stand-alone movie about House (Hugh Laurie) and his stay in a mental hospital.

Even after he quickly kicks his pain killer habit and quits hallucinating, his doctor (Andre Braugher, "Homicide: Life on the Street") refuses to sign on on House returning to practice medicine until he completes the program.

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