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ABC swims up 'The River'

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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One of the discoveries about the new fall season is that the networks are holding back some of their more intriguing shows for midseason.

That includes ABC's "The River," which I had an opportunity to watch earlier this summer.

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'Friday Night Lights': A look back

Monday, 29 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

FNL_book_blog"Friday Night Lights" ended its run last month on NBC and now it's time for a victory lap. 

The show garnered an Emmy nomination for best TV drama last month (its first), a well-regarded oral history turned up on the web, a complete series DVD set was announced for Oct. 4 and now a new book pays homage to the series.

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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 Talk,” canceled shows and vocabulary in local traffic reports.

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

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After 'Raymond,' a star is born?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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Earlier this month I wrote about the charming documentary "Exporting Raymond" that followed "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal's journey to Russia to consult on the creation of a Russian version of the CBS sitcom.

Turns out the movie has made Rosenthal a bit of a star himself.

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Hallmark's 'A Royal Romance' has a Pittsburgh connection

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

royal_romance_blogBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – You know Hallmark Channel’s “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” (9 p.m. Saturday) will be heavy on the fairy tale, happily-ever-after elements when you gaze upon the full head of hair on the movie’s Prince William, played by Dan Amboyer, a 2006 acting/musical theater graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

“We tried different things before I went and we decided to not go the actual balding style,” Amboyer said after a Hallmark Channel press conference last month. “We did some things to try to make it look thinner. We’ll see how it looks on camera.”

Prince William should be thrilled to see Mr. Amboyer’s, full, wavy head of hair.

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A new 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' (Pittsburgher included)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

just_desserts_orlandoMy food tastes are a little too pedestrian to be the kind of foodie who salivates over what they come up with on "Top Chef," and that extends to the super-delicate creations on "Top Chef: Just Desserts." Just give me a piece of chocolate cake, thankyouverymuch.

But knowing there's a Pittsburgher on the show raised my curiosity about the first episode of the second season of "Just Desserts," premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

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Silence is golden on 'Breaking Bad'

Monday, 22 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Breaking_Bad_silence_post"Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family" -- Skyler White

With that dialogue, last night's episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad" came to a dramatic, quiet close. Producers allowed that line to hang in the air, followed by silence and a shot of Walt alone after Skyler storms out.

It's not the first time the show has found an effective way to use silence to its advantage and odds are it won't be the last.

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TV Q&A: 'Conan,' 'Flashpoint' and 'Matlock'

Friday, 19 August 2011 12:00 AM Written by

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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 “Matlock,” “Flashpoint” and “Conan.”

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

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