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TV review: 'Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge'

Monday, 24 March 2014 07:43 AM Written by

jim henson creature shop 1"Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" (10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy) is pretty much the same show as "Face Off" but instead of a reality competition about makeup effects, "Creature Shop Challenge" focuses on the creation of puppeted characters as seen in movies and TV shows.

"My childhood was created here," marvels a contestant named Melissa as she enters Jim Henson's Creature Shop at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood. 

Given how tired "Face Off" has become, it's not a bad idea to create a new iteration of the same program but one wishes "Creature Shop Challenge" attempted to innovate just a little. Still, better a flawed creative competition series than another reality show about people behaving badly.

Gigi Edgley, one of the stars of the Henson-produced Syfy series "Farscape," hosts the competition, which inludes one Pittsburgh who my colleague Maria Sciullo wrote about over the weekend.

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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 “Those Who Kill,” “Family Feud” and “Farm Kings.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'Game of Thrones' re-imagined and a 'GOT' jewelry line

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:24 AM Written by

GOT jewelry"Game of Thrones" fans desperate for the new season to arrive on April 6 can bide their time with a Bad Lip Reading parody of the HBO fantasy that goes on a little too long but is still pretty funny for the way BLR has reimagined some of the characters as stars of a theme-park set movie comedy called "Medieval Land Fun-Time World."

And then, of course, there's also "Game of Thrones" jewelry, because, why not?

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TV review: 'Doll & Em' on HBO

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 01:11 PM Written by

emily mortimerHBO's "Doll & Em" (10 and 10:30 tonight) seems like one of the network's slighter efforts. 

HBO didn't preview it at press tour, the show isn't airing in the prestige HBO Sunday night line-up and promotion for it has been scant.

It's almost like they picked it up to stay in business with actress Emily Mortimer, who co-created and writes the series. She's also a series regular on HBO's "The Newsroom."

A six-episode comedy that will see episodes air back-to-back from 10-11 on Wednesdays for three weeks, "Doll & Em" stars real-life best friends Mortimer and Dolly Wells ("Bridget Jones' Diary").

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More witches on the way to TV in WGN's 'Salem'

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:20 AM Written by

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In January I wrote a little about WGN America's first scripted series, "Salem" (April 20th), and now there's a trailer for what looks like a crazy (possibly crazy-fun) witch series.

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