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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 “White Collar,” “Intelligence” and “Royal Pains.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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A&E pulls 'Those Who Kill' from Monday nights

Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:49 PM Written by

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We reported last week on disappointing ratings for A&E's filmed-in-Pittsburgh serial killer drama series "Those Who Kill" and now A&E has pulled the show from its Monday night schedule.

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'Billy on the Street' returns to Fuse

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:03 AM Written by

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In January during a visit to the Funny Or Die headquarters in Hollywood, "Billy on the Street" host Billy Eichner was soft-spoken and calm, the exact opposite of his demeanor on "Funny or Die's Billy on the Street," which returns for a new season tonight at 11 on cable's Fuse.

More on my visit to Funny or Die down the road, but for now let's look at "Billy on the Street." Read more after the jump. ...

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'Those Who Kill': Episode 2

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:15 PM Written by

Those Who Kill 1After last week's poorly-rated and poorly-reviewed series premiere of A&E's "Those Who Kill" (10 p.m. Monday), episode two, written by Glen Morgan and directed by David Petrarca, was certainly clearer about the characters and their relationships.

The show got down to business about Pittsburgh homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) and her belief that her stepfather, Judge Howard Burgess (Bruce Davison), is a serial killer resposible for the death of her long-missing brother.

Catherine is trying to get Dr. Schaeffer (James D'Arcy) to investigate the judge and he even sits in Burgess' courtroom long enough to hear the judge begin the day, saying, "Morning everyone. Go Steelers!"

One has to wonder if reactions to the series might have been a smidge better if the show had aired as a two-hour premiere that offered more explanation. (Morgan told me the original Danish show ran as a series of two-hour episodes and he tried to sell A&E on that approach but it was rejected early on.)

But the big problem remains: "Those Who Kill" comes off as dime-a-dozen series about serial killers and the damaged cop who goes after them. It has none of the wit or panache of "Hannibal." And it's not a lot of fun to watch (except for looking for Pittsburgh landmarks).

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TV review: 'Dusk 'Till Dawn' on El Rey

Monday, 10 March 2014 12:49 PM Written by

DTD topNot many viewers will get a chance to see "From Dusk 'Till Dawn: The Series" (9 p.m. Tuesday) on newbie cable network El Rey, which is only available locally on DirecTV (Channel 341). And that's a shame.

El Rey, created by film director Robert Rodriguez and Univision, gets off to a strong start with a 10-episode scripted, original series on its air just a few months after launch. I can't recall another cable network that was so ambitious. A second scripted series is in the works for later this year.

I am by no means a Rodriguez afficianado. I never saw the 1996 film version of "From Dusk 'Til Dawn" that this series is based on; I think my only exposure to his work was the first "Spy Kids" film. But I really liked the first episode of "From Dusk 'Till Dawn: The Series" that was made available for review.

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