Arts, Entertainment, Living

WQED: Some lost state money restored

Thursday, 04 March 2010 07:01 PM Written by

WQED Multimedia chief operating officer Deborah Acklin sent an e-mail to WQED members on Wednesday informing them that the non-profit media company's state funding was even less than expected:

The news is even worse than we thought.  The state's original 88% reduction in funding to WQED was further reduced to a total 93% cut in operating support.  In dollar terms, WQED's operating funding from the state was reduced to $74,000 almost overnight.  This is not a misprint.  Funding to WQED was almost totally eliminated.

As you know, WQED has drastically reduced expenses over the last two years.  We cannot cut any further without impacting the PBS lineup, NPR programming, the local programs that you enjoy on WQED-TV and Classical WQED-FM, and our educational and community engagement efforts.

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'Smallville' renewed

Thursday, 04 March 2010 01:02 PM Written by

The CW announced "Smallville" will be back for another season:

March 4, 2010 (Burbank, California) ? The CW Network has announced that its hit series "Smallville" will return in the fall of 2010 for a momentous tenth season.

"Smallville," a modern retelling of the Superman legend, stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent.  The series moved to Friday nights this season, where it currently ranks as network television's #1 show in its time period among men 18-34 and men 18-49.   Additionally, "Smallville" has dramatically improved The CW's ratings performance in its Friday 8:00-9:00p.m.time period by 67% among adults 18-34 (1.5/6), 200% in men 18-34 (1.8/7), 75% in adults 18-49 (1.4/5), 183% in men 18-49 (1.7/6) and 74% in total viewers (3.12million).

            "Smallville" joins the five previously announced series - "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl," "90210," "Supernatural" and "America's Next Top Model" - which will all return for another season on The CW.

"Smallville" was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), based on the DC Comics characters.  Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola.  The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television.  SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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NBC's comedy Thursday returns

Wednesday, 03 March 2010 07:01 PM Written by

After sitting out most of February for the Olympics, NBC's Thursday comedies return tonight with three strong episodes (followed by time-filler "The Marriage Ref"). The most notable is the one-hour episode of "The Office" (9 p.m.) about the birth of Jim and Pam's baby.

This has not been the strongest season for "The Office" but tonight's episode is really quite funny, especially in its first half hour which has a relateable premise. Because their HMO will only pay for her to be in the hospital for two days, Pam (Jenna Fischer) doesn't want to be admitted until midnight. At first Jim (John Krasinski) agrees with their plan until Pam takes her dedication to an extreme degree, remaining at the office even after her water breaks.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 hit stores this week, and I was planning on having a review for the Playstation3 version posted on Tuesday.  The only problem was the dreaded clock glitch that had been plaguing first generation PS3s (like my own) took down the Playstation Network for the entire day, which meant no online play for Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

If you haven't heard, Sony is reporting that a glitch involving the clock for the early version of PS3s was tricking the system into mistaking 2010 for a leap year on March 01.  This was causing a slew of problems including completely unplayable machines, endless loops which would boot the system and then restart the system, and lost Trophies.  Sony was even requesting users that were experiencing these symptoms to refrain from using there PS3s for a full 24 hours while the issues were being resolved.  Fortunately, it only took a day and no update for Sony to get all of the problems resolved.

Since I couldn't finish a review for Bad Company 2 I decided to get through and review Mega Man 10 instead.  My full review for Battlefield will be posted later this week.

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Blues from the Burgh 2

Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:00 PM Written by

Yesterday I mentioned that the Blues Society of Western Pa. will be releasing its second CD compilation of regional blues artists on Sunday in a little marathon of performers at the Palisades Ballroom in beautiful downtown McKeesport, hard on the shores of the mighty Yough River. At least that's how I remember it.

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