Tuned In Journal

Pamela Anderson: Back to the boob tube

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

Pam and friends are It's been a while since viewers have seen Pamela Anderson on TV on a regular basis. "Baywatch" is a TV artifact and Anderson's Fox sitcom "Stacked" was mercifully short-lived. But now she returns in her own don't-call-it-a-reality-show reality show "Pam: On the Loose" (10 p.m. Sunday, E!).

Talking 'Mad Men'

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

Tuned In PodcastIn this week's Tuned In Podcast, Post-Gazette staff writer Tim McNulty and I discuss the season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" and offer a preview of episode two, which airs Sunday.

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'Back to You' on DVD

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:15 AM Written by

The first and only season of the Pittsburgh-set Fox sitcom "Back to You" will be out on DVD Oct. 14, retailing for $39.98.

The box set will feature three unaired episodes -- "Date Night," "House Of Tomorrow" and "Hostage Watch" -- and extras, including a "Making Of" featurette, behind-the-scenes clips and a gag reel.

'Secret Life' = big hit

Monday, 28 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

ABC Family's "Secret Life of the American Teenager" (8 tonight) has become a huge hit, and I have to admit, I'm surprised. When I reviewed the first episode last month, I didn't have much faith the show would garner a big audience. True, it's from the producers of "7th Heaven" but it was and is so poorly acted at times with such simple, un-"Juno"-like dialogue, I didn't think it stood a chance.Daren Kagasoff as Ricky and Shailene Woodley as Amy star in

Yet here it is, ABC Family's highest-rated series ever. What happened?

Perhaps this is the TV equivalent of the old notion that no matter how much kids and teens protest, they are actually comforted by boundaries. "Secret Life" may be about a pregnant teen and may feature other sexually active teenagers, but it's clear that the kids having sex are "bad" while those abstaining are "good." Perhaps the show reinforces the choices made by the "good" kids watching.

There's also a certain level of reality to the show. Yes, the kids who spout statistics out of a textbook or STD brochure don't seem credible, but others do. The geeky guy who's crushing on the pregnant band geek girl tells her almost instantly he loves her after they start dating. Ridiculous move and not something geeky Seth on "The O.C." would do, but it feels entirely real (or perhaps I'm just revealing too much about myself as a teenager).

That's not to say the show has gotten particularly better, though perhaps more layered. This past weekend I caught up on the two episodes I missed while attending press tour and my jaw dropped open at this ridiculous plot device: A gas station was giving out free tampons with a fill-up. On what planet does that happen?

And just as I got done shaking my head over that, Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri from "The Sopranos" (Steve Schirripa) walked in and revealed himself to be playing the father of geeky Ben (Kenny Baumann). Wonders never cease.

And yet, I'm kinda hooked. And I keep watching. I guess it's my summer guilty pleasure.

Are you watching "Secret Life of the American Teenager"? If so, how come? Post your comments below. (To post you must log in or register here.)

Costuming 'Mad Men'

Sunday, 27 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

Now that you've seen last night's second-season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men," maybe you can help the show's costume designer, Katherine Jane Bryant, find vintage shops in Pittsburgh where she can buy wardrobe from for the series.Joan (Christina Hendricks) is the office manager in

Duchovny talks 'X-Files'

Thursday, 24 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson investigate another X-File. (20th Century Fox)Another chapter in the former TV series "The X-Files" begins today with the release of the big-screen feature "The X-Files: I Want to Believe."

Star David Duchovny, who returns to TV this fall in the second season of Showtime's "Californication," said he never wanted to leave "The X-Files," he just got tired of the hours of the TV show, prompting him to scale back his appearances in the last few seasons of the series.

Tag along to Comic-Con

Wednesday, 23 July 2008 08:04 PM Written by

If you're a TV or sci-fi fan, be sure to check out Post-Gazette Entertainment editor Sharon Eberson's blog from Comic-Con in San Diego. If I wasn't exhausted from press tour, I'd be even more jealous that she's there on summer vacation!

Another Strachey mystery

Wednesday, 23 July 2008 08:01 PM Written by

Friday night the gay cable network Here! debuts the latest Donald Strachey mystery, "On the Other Hand Death," the latest in a line of cable movies based on Richard Stevenson novels about a gay Albany, N.Y., detective played by Chad Allen.Chad Allen, right, stars in