Tuned In Journal

Michael Feinstein is the anti-'American Idol'

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 04:00 AM Written by

MF_on_IdolBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- I wrote about the PBS show "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" before it premiered but I ran out of space to get into Feinstein's thoughts on "American Idol."

Tonight at 8 the last "Songbook" episode airs on WQED.

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Cartoon Network enrolls in 'Tower Prep'

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by
Tower_Prep_GroupCartoon Network’s “Tower Prep” (8 tonight) is a “Lost” for the tween set.

The premise is more “X-Men” – it’s set at a school for superheroes – but when the lead character, Ian (Drew Van Acker), wakes up at a strange boarding school, he has no idea how he got there. And he’s not the only one.

The series opens with a scene that is, given the lead time of production, unintentionally ripped from the headlines.

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Gina Redmond... again

Monday, 18 October 2010 02:49 PM Written by

Former WPXI anchor Gina Redmond is speaking out (just a few years late) on the "slapping incident" that garnered a lot of attention when she was an anchor at Channel 11.

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'Mad Men' and 'Rubicon' season finales

Monday, 18 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by

MMs4ep412_Sc03_1107Last night AMC's "Mad Men" and "Rubicon" wrapped up their seasons.

For "Mad Men," it was an hour of breakups, makeups and shakeups.

On "Rubicon," there were revelations, devastation and recriminations.

Read more about the "Mad Men" and "Rubicon" season finales (SPOILERS from last night's episodes included) after the jump. ...



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TV Q&A with Rob Owen
Submit questions for a future column.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Two and a Half Men,” fast-talking anchors and TV shows in HD. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Spike TV's 'Coal' comes to West Virginia

Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:42 PM Written by

Spike TV announced plans today for a docu-reality series set in a West Virginia coal mine about 30 minutes southwest of Morgantown.

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Extreme makeover: Vanilla Ice edition

Thursday, 14 October 2010 02:00 AM Written by


Vanilla Ice is back and this time he's flipping houses.

The rapper debuts "The Vanilla Ica Project" tonight at 9 on DIY Network (check with your cable company for channel location).

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The star of 'Paranormal State' opens up

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:02 AM Written by

ParanormalState_pb_cRyan Buell, the star of "Paranormal State" (season premiere 9 p.m. Sunday, A&E), wrote a book about the series and all the talk so far has been about Buell's revelation that he is bi-sexual.

In "Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown" ($16.99, !t), Buell writes -- with co-writer Stefan Petrucha -- about many of the cases viewers have watched on the A&E TV show and a little bit about his personal life.

He writes about his bisexuality in pretty heartfelt, honest terms, addressing the issue of how that impacts his religious beliefs as a Catholic. He doesn't try to square the two but he does write about both the rejection and acceptance he's received.

Although Buell's sexual identity has gotten most of the ink in coverage of the book, it also has several significant Pittsburgh connections.

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