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outlaw_smitsViewers with no knowledge of how the Supreme Court functions may not find anything wrong with the premise of NBC's "Outlaw" (previews 10 p.m. tonight; regular time slot premiere at 10 p.m. Friday, WPXI), but anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to current events will find the show preposterous.

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Revisiting 'Rubicon'

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 02:00 AM Written by

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'Life Unexpected' takes an expedient path

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

LU202-9264bSo here's the thing about The CW's "Life Unexpected," returning tonight at 9 on WPCW for its second season: It's a show I want to like but the writers keep shooting themselves in the foot.

"Life" is not terrible but it's also not more than the sum of its parts. It's parts aren't half-bad: Teen foster kid reconnects with birth parents who haven't spoken since the night she was conceived. Mom is engaged to her co-worker; Dad is a slacker scamp. Love triangle between Mom (Shiri Appleby as Cate), Dad (Christopher Pohala as Baze) and Mom's Beau (Kerr Smith as Ryan) ensues.

And this is where the show starts to run off the rails. Read more (including a possible spoiler, you've been warned) after the jump. ...

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'Parenthood' prepares for second chance

Monday, 13 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Parenthood_castUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- NBC’s “Parenthood” (10 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI) debuted in March, bringing some much-needed grown-up drama back to NBC’s 10 p.m. time slot after “The Jay Leno Show” debacle.

The series definitely found its legs in those first 13 episodes and an audience of viewers who used to regularly flock to NBC’s upscale, quality series. But ratings were only so-so and the network needs “Parenthood’s” ratings to grow up.

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PSA spoof: 'Save Betty White'

Sunday, 12 September 2010 04:36 PM Written by

Grandchildren unite to film a PSA begging Hollywood not to overwork the legendary Betty White. Video 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 “Persons Unknown,” “Little People Big World” and TV shows on demand. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Second bite: 'Vampire Diaries' returns

Thursday, 09 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

VD2_1254rdThe CW's "Vampire Diaries" returns for a second season tonight at 8 and proves once again to be the network's most addictive soap.

I'll admit I don't pay close enough attention to all the little details in the series to completely understand what's going on all the time but I was impressed in the first season with how the show's producers made good on their promise to create a world in Mystic Falls, complete with secret societies.

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More layoffs at WQED

Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:36 AM Written by

For the third time in five years, WQED Multimedia has given pink slips to employees.

Layoffs were announced to staff on Friday and word began to spread before the Labor Day weekend but WQED chief operating officer and president-elect Deborah Acklin did not respond to questions and confirm the layoffs until today.

"The elimination of state funding has forced some cutbacks, including the need to keep our staffing flat year over year," Acklin wrote in an e-mailed response. "As a result, we restructured, and cut 4 positions, all in executive staff or administration."

Acklin said two of the employees voluntarily retired; all will remain with WQED through Sept. 30th and "will receive assistance from WQED after their employment ends," Acklin said.

WQED executives never name the employees affected by layoffs, but vice president of development and membership Lilli Mosco is WQED's new press contact, presumably replacing hard-working marketing/publicity exec and frequent station spokeswoman Rosemary Martinelli, who has not responded to voice and e-mail messages left for her since Friday. (Note to anyone considering applying for that position in the future: In the past 12 years, almost every person who has led press/media/marketing efforts at WQED has been let go.)

In July, the WQED board of directors approved the appointment of Acklin as its president-elect and chief executive officer. She will officially replace WQED president George Miles at WQED's annual board meeting on Sept. 23.

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