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'True Blood,' 'Jersey Shore' updates; FX comedy casting

Thursday, 01 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

TV news of late:

-- MTV's "Jersey Shore" returns at 10 p.m. July 29.

-- Starz has canceled the terrible "Gravity" and the sublime "Party Down." Both series had low ratings although "Party Down" had a cult following, too.

-- Two Judd Apatow series will air on IFC. "Freaks and Geeks" episodes will air at 11 p.m. Friday beginning tomorrow and "Undeclared" will air in the fall.

-- A new season of CBS's "Big Brother" kicks off next Thurday at 8 p.m. and this time there's a saboteur among the cast members.

-- Steve Carell continues to say he'll leave NBC's "The Office" at the end of the upcoming 2010-11 TV season.

-- Oxygen has bought cable rerun rights to "Glee," airing episodes daily starting in 2013.

-- "Modern Family" reruns will air on USA starting in fall 2013.

-- No surprise here: HBO has renewed "True Blood" for a fourth season.

-- After three episodes, ABC Family has ordered an additional 12 episodes of "Pretty Little Liars."

-- Actor Elijah Wood ("Lord of the Rings") will star in the FX comedy pilot "Wilfred" about a guy, the girl next door and a dog.

-- Pittsburgher Sam Depe III will be featured in Golf Channel's "Golf in America" on July 6 at 9 p.m.

-- Lifetime named Gena McCarthy senior vice president, reality and alternative programming, Lifetime Networks, effective July 6. She's a 1988 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and a 1992 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

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'Real World' returns to New Orleans

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

rwno2010The last season of MTV's "The Real World" was set in Washington, D.C., and spent more time exploring social issues than going with the kids on bar crawls. It was an old-school "Real World" season and MTV's current crop of viewers were not amused, leading to low ratings for the veteran series.

A new season set in New Orleans begins tonight at 10. Read more after the jump (click "Read More" below). ...


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'Rescue Me' is back on FX

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

RM_approved_070Fans of FX's "Rescue Me" have been clamoring for a new season of the fireman drama and tonight at 10 it arrives.

Tonight's season premiere represents the first batch of episodes in the series' final season. The remainder of episodes will air next year, most likely next summer.

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3-D TV

Monday, 28 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

A couple of weeks ago Comcast spokesman Bob Grove invited reporters to see the new technology of 3-D TV.

I have to admit, I did not have high hopes. The notion of people sitting at home, wearing glasses while watching a program in 3-D, seems a bit far-fetched. Still does.

But the 3-D TV technology, used by ESPN 3-D during World Cup coverage, was kind of cool. Soccer may not be the best use of the technology because of the wide shots. The 3-D effect was better on close-up shots. But often there were issues with ghosting: Many times the soccer ball appeared to be on screen twice, once in vibrant form and the second time as a ghost of the first image. Same for the players.

Comcast offers ESPN 3-D for free but customers will have to call Comcast to ask to have the channel activated. It also requires customers to have an HD cable box. ESPN 3-D can be found on Comcast's Channel 980.

Seeing the channel in 3-D requires a 3-D set, which only the earliest adopters probably have at this point. And, yes, the current technology does require watching 3-D TV while wearing 3-D glasses. Though sturdier and less nerdy than the old red/blue lens 3-D glasses, it's still difficult to imagine many people getting into this expensive technology now. But given how technology evolves and prices decline, perhaps this Comcast demo offered a glimpse of TV's future. But I'm not willing to bet money on it just yet.

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HBO comedies 'Entourage' and 'Hung' return

Friday, 25 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

entourage10_16_blogIt's saying something that I came away from watching new episodes of HBO's "Entourage" and "Hung" interested in seeing more of the latter.

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CNN doc on gay dads

Thursday, 24 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Gary_Tony1A few day's late for Father's Day, CNN is looking at gay dads with the one-hour doc "Gary & Tony Have a Baby" (8 tonight). Soledad O'Brien reports and hosts the special that is both touching and a little eye-rolling because the show seemed to go out of its way to find characters who conform to stereotypes -- and it's not just the gay guys.

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Review: ABC's 'Rookie Blue'

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Greg_smith_Rookie_BlueEarlier this year ABC debuted the short-lived “The Deep End,” which was essentially “Grey’s Anatomy” in a law firm.

“Rookie Blue” (9 p.m. Thursday, WTAE) is “Grey’s Anatomy” in a police station.

And that’s about as remarkable as this fairly generic Canadian co-production gets.

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ABC's 'Downfall'

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 12:00 AM Written by

downfallThe network that gave us "Wipeout!" -- that would be ABC -- now plans to throw contestants off the roof of a Los Angeles skyscraper in "Downfall" (9 tonight, WTAE). Chris Jercho, pictured at right, hosts.

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