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Coverage from the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills begins this week so in advance of that, after the jump we'll have an early look at a few upcoming prime-time premieres. ...

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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 “Pillars of the Earth,” “The Tonight Show” and a missing newsreader. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

— Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'Being Human' returns, 'Pillars' premieres

Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

being_human_ep_1jFans of supernatural and fantasy epics have two strong choices this weekend: "Being Human" returns on BBC America at 10 p.m. Saturday and Starz debuts the miniseries "Pillars of the Earth" at 10 p.m. Friday.

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Comic-Con coverage, FiosTV adds channels

Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:45 AM Written by

The Post-Gazette's Sharon Eberson is again spending her summer vacation in San Diego at Comic-Con International and she's filing reports back to the POPi blog. She has a preview in today's paper.

Also, Verizon's FiosTV has added two new channels: Nat Geo WILD HD (Channel 632), which we previewed when it launched in March in TV Week, and Investigation Discovery HD (Channel 623).

Two returning HBO "comedies" have premiere dates: "Bored to Death" and "Eastbound & Down" will air their second seasons at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, beginning Sept. 26.

Syfy announced "Caprica" will return for the second half of its first season in January.

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'Project Runway' expands

Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

"Project Runway" returns for another round on Lifetime next week but changes are in store as the reality mainstay expands its format to 90-minute episodes. ...

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Pittsburgh's T.J. Lubinsky signs new PBS deal

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:15 PM Written by

PBS will announce tomorrow a new deal with TJL Productions, the company headed by Pittsburgher T.J. Lubinsky, a former WQED producer who hit on the idea of Doo-Wop as a very successful PBS pledge fundraiser.

Under the new deal, TJL will provide PBS with nine additional programs beyond those already announced in the "My Music" series: "Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind" (August), "John Sebastian Presents: Soul Rewind" (December), "My Music: Rock, Pop and Doo Wop (March 2011) and "The Last Doo Wop Show on Earth" (December 2012).

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MTV gets real: 'If You Really Knew Me'

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

LeikinCompared to the usual junk on MTV, "If You Really Knew Me" (11 tonight) is positively pro-social, a program that chronicles a day at a high school during an anti-bullying program.

During "Challenge Day," students from all walks of high school life (and cliques) come together to talk. There's a gay drum major, a jerky jock, a loner, a goth girl and a student leader who are challenged not to judge but to really get to know each other. ...

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'Damages' revived

Monday, 19 July 2010 07:07 PM Written by

Against all odds, DirecTV has picked up the FX series "Damages" for two more seasons.

There had been rumors a few months ago that a pickup might be in the wind, it's still surprising given the low ratings for "Damages" of FX and the high cost to produce the series.

Unlike when DirecTV picked up "Friday Night Lights" with a deal for NBC to air the same episodes six months later, "Damages" is not currently slated to have a second window on a broadcast or basic cable network. Here's the release after the jump. ...

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