Tuned In Journal

Emmys; TiVO lets you play programmer; 'Three Rivers' troubled?

Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:01 PM Written by

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Emmys Sunday. (CBS)The Emmys celebrate TV's supposed best Sunday night (8 p.m., CBS) and although I generally hold the awards in contempt for their inability to reflect what is actually the current best in television -- the Television Critics Association Awards and even the Golden Globes are more progressive -- I am looking forward to this year's show because of host Neil Patrick Harris.

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Morning news war on the horizon?

Thursday, 17 September 2009 02:15 PM Written by

Just saw a WTAE spot for its morning news touting something about "for a great day start with a good morning" or maybe it was "good day/great morning." Whichever, I was distracted by all the back-slapping and high-fiving among the morning show cast. It's possible that promo has been around for a while -- I haven't seen as much local news in the past couple of weeks because of my fall TV preview duties and editors' other ideas -- but my guess is it's an attempt to blunt the ratings impact, if there is any, of Jennifer Antkowiak returning to KDKA next week.

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'Office' funny as usual; 'Parks' improves

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:22 PM Written by

altNBC's Thursday night comedies begin their seasons, including the series premiere of "Community," and new episodes of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation."

On "The Office" (9 tonight, WPXI), Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) are trying to keep her pregnancy a secret from their co-workers while planning a quickie wedding (we previewed the new season this past Sunday in Sunday Mag).

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KDKA hires morning co-anchor

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 10:51 AM Written by

Wasting no time, KDKA-TV has hired a morning co-anchor to work alongside Jennifer Antkowiak during morning newscasts beginning Monday. Rick Dayton, formerly of WOWK in the Charleston-Huntington, W. Va. market, will start at the station next week.

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Return to the 'Fringe,' FX's 'Archer' sneaks this week

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 08:17 PM Written by

Peter (Joshua Jackson, C) and Olivia (Anna Torv, L) investigate on Last year after the first few episodes of Fox's "Fringe" (9 p.m. Thursday), I gave up on the show. It just struck me as an often gory "X-Files" clone with inferior acting talent. I did catch the season finale to see FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) travel to an alternate universe New York City where the World Trade Center still stands and where William Bell (guest star Lenoard Nimoy) has a corner office in one of the towers.

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