Tuned In Journal

Workplace inanity

Friday, 27 June 2008 01:01 AM Written by

Now that "The Singing Bee" on NBC is toast, host Joey Fatone isn't giving up on average Americans singing. Now he's intent on not only getting people to sing but to ruin office productivity at the same time with "The Singing Office" (9 p.m. Sunday, TLC), a humongous waste of time that premieres this weekend.

Hosts Joey Fatone and Mel B, center, stand by as the Aquarium of the Pacific, right, competes against the Seat N Sleep team in

Fatone and Spice Girl Mel B. search for singers in two different workplaces each week, pitting teams from each office against the other. The teams go through boot camp and then engage in a choreographed singing competition finale, vying for the $50,000 grand prize.

Yes, it is as dreadful as it sounds. But will you watch anyway? If so, why? Post your comments below. (To comment, you must register.)

May demos

Thursday, 26 June 2008 06:40 AM Written by

Local TV news demos for May are out and much remained unchanged from a year ago, particularly at 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. Other changes to key demos - women and persons (aka "everyone" in plain English) ages 25-54 - were slight. (See demo ratings box attached to this week's Tuned In column.)

KDKA was up a point in persons and women at 5 and 6 p.m. and down a point in persons and women at 11 p.m. Channel 2 was also down a point in women at 6 a.m.

WPXI was up a point in persons at noon and 10 p.m. and up a point in women at 6 a.m. Channel 11 was up a point in women at 6 p.m. and up a point in persons and women at 11 p.m.

WTAE showed inprovement in persons and women at 6 a.m. Channel 4 was down a point in persons at 6 p.m. and down a point in women at 11 p.m.

Schwenneker speaks

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 08:01 PM Written by

 

For this week's Tuned In Podcast, I chatted by phone with former WTAE meteorologist Don Schwenneker, who now works at WBBM in Chicago. He talks about his first six months in the Windy City and the differences in forecasting between Pittsburgh and Chicago.Don Schwenneker, formerly of WTAE-TV.

Subscribe to the podcast or listen at the Post-Gazette podcast page.

Are there are other local TV personalities you'd like to see interviewed for the podcast? If so, post your suggestions in the comments below. (To comment, you must register.)

Ohh, 'Baby'

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 03:01 PM Written by

Woo-hoo, Tuned In Journal is finally a real blog thanks to the addition of a commenting feature. You'll have to register to comment, and hopefully you will. TV is more fun to discuss with a group than just to blather on about myself.

For instance, are you even watching TV this summer? Or has the abundance of reality shows driven you away?

The summer of reality shows continues tonight with NBC's premiere of "The Baby Borrowers" (8 tonight, WPXI). This one is actually more interesting than most reality series as five teenage couples agree to parent someone else's baby for three days. Alicea Davis and Cory Davila play parents in  

Tuned In Journal: 'Rescue Me' minisodes debut

Monday, 23 June 2008 08:00 PM Written by
"Rescue Me" returns, albeit in short form.

Tuned In Journal: VH1 lives to 'Love' again

Saturday, 21 June 2008 08:00 PM Written by
VH1 says, "I Love the New Millennium."

Tuned In Journal: Visiting the Newseum

Thursday, 19 June 2008 08:00 PM Written by
Taking in Washington's new Newseum.

Tuned In Journal: Bickering 'Two Coreys' are back

Thursday, 19 June 2008 03:49 AM Written by
"The Two Coreys" return amid a feud between its stars.