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NBC's 'Sing-Off' returns full of 'Glee'

Monday, 06 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Sing_off_s2A year ago this month NBC debuted "The Sing-Off," an a cappella singing competition series hosted by Nick Lachey.

The show returns tonight at 8 on WPXI for a second season that's even more "Glee"-ful. A trip to one Ohio high school plays like a reality version of "Glee," showcasing how students from a wide swath of cliques (jocks, nerds, etc.) come together to sing.

Read more about the new season after the jump. ...

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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 MIA Christmas specials, “The Whole Truth” and pledge drives on WQED. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Tough guy TV continues with 'Gold Rush'

Thursday, 02 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

GoldRush_21918_ToddIt's been two years since I first wrote about prime-time's Tough Guy TV trend and cable's obsession with documenting hard work and rough working conditions continues in Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush: Alaska" (10 p.m. Friday).

This docu-series follows six men, many of them unemployed, who leave their Oregon homes to dig for gold in Alaska.

Given the rising price of gold, the timing of the series is pretty ideal.

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'Psych' channels 'Twin Peaks'

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

log_ladyI wrote about the "Twin Peaks" episode of "Psych" (10 tonight) in Sunday's TV Week, but there were a few things that didn't make the cut.

First, it was interesting to hear an actor so excited about an episode of a long-running series. In my experience, a lot of actors get jaded and don't always share the same enthusiasm for their show or character as fans. But "Psych" co-star James Roday, who co-wrote tonight's episode, was completely, well, psyched about the episode.

"I'm obviously a little bit biased but I can't say that I've ever been more proud of anything we've accomplished on our show than I am of this ‘Twin Peaks’ episode," Roday said.

Second, does "Twin Peaks" auteur David Lynch know about this homage episode? Find out after the jump. ...

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Made-to-order 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' DVDs

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:53 PM Written by

rogersLet's face it, the original release of episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on DVD was well-intended but poorly executed. The discs had only two episodes on them, which made no sense when you consider Rogers generally filmed theme weeks of five episodes. The DVD releases were of previously released VHS episodes that had already been technically tweaked with negotiated residuals all sewn up.

Now a far greater number of episodes of the classic children's show will be available through a create-your-DVD on-demand service called CreateSpace. This is a new proceess of DVD manufacturing and distribution that major studios, including Warner Bros., have also been experimenting with. Discs are only manufactured when a customer places an order for the individual episode.

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Sun sets on 'Sons' for another season

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:00 AM Written by

SOAs3ep312_20100907_PG-0540Does it make me a terrible person that I was kind of hoping Tara (Maggie Siff) would die last week? Don't ge me wrong, I like the character and Siff's performance quite a lot but I thought killing Tara might give Jax and "Sons of Anarchy" (90 minutes at 10 tonight, FX) the opportunity for a fresh start.

I did not love the current season of the show, mostly because the plot drifted so far from Charming, Calif., where the series is usually set. So much time was spent in Ireland chasing down Jax's son and I just did not care about the Irish characters who came to the foreground in this tangent.

Actually, the one thing I liked best was when Jax considered allowing Abel to be raised by another couple. I was cheering that decision because we've seen scant evidence that Jax truly cares about his son beyond fatherly pride. It would have been a selfless act, an attempt to give Abel a better life. I was sorry to see that snuffed out along with Abel's innocent adoptive parents.

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2010 November sweeps ratings

Monday, 29 November 2010 01:32 PM Written by

Final ratings for the November 2010 sweeps period were released today.

See how local stations did in household ratings (popularity contest) and in the viewers age 25-54 demographic (a demo used to sell advertising) after the jump. …

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Reality horror: 'The Hasselhoffs'

Monday, 29 November 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Hoff_blogJust when you think reality TV can’t sink any lower, it inevitably does.

A&E’s “The Hasselhoffs” (10 p.m. Sunday) is not as morally objectionable as other shows have been (think: “Hot or Not,” “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?”), but it is hands-down the cheesiest, least realistic celeb-reality show ever. And mostly thats due to star David Hasselhoff’s narration, which sounds like someone with no acting training trying to read dialogue.

It’s also poorly written -- not just a little bad, but dreadful in the extreme.

“If only this car could talk, I sure could use some advice,” the Hoff says while driving in a car that’s not Kitt from “Knight Rider.”

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