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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 “The Amazing Race,” “Damages” and the young woman in the TV mattress commercials. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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A blues picnic and other tidbits

Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

The Blues Society of Western Pa. is having its annual picnic -- Blues Day Out -- on Sunday afternoon (8.29) at the Boston Waterfront. The blues will be provided by Ms. Freddye and Blue Faze, and Mahajibee. It's open to the public, but Blues Society members get a special deal.

Meanwhile, tonight you can see one of the grand old men of rock and soul and blues and whatever -- Leon Russell -- at Diesel.

And then on Saturday night, Sweaty Betty is way up in Erie for a show, and you can read a nice interview with her about the band here.

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Coming Later This Week

Thursday, 26 August 2010 01:23 AM Written by

It’s been a quiet week for video games.  We’re reaching that part of the year when we have to wait for the big fall and holiday titles and just enjoy the previews for games like Dead Rising 2, Metroid: Other M, Portal 2, NHL 11 and Halo: Reach.  With all that action, I’ll gladly trade warm weather for the sequel-heavy lineup.

Stay tuned later this week for reviews of Mafia II and NHL 2K11.  For now, enjoy the last Halo: Reach trailer above courtesy of Game Trailers.

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'Sons' star arrested; TV web awards

Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

SonsofAnarchy-Bobby2392Earlier this month at the Television Critics Association press tour during a press conference for FX's "Sons of Anarchy," I leaned over to a fellow critic and whispered: One of these guys is going to get arrested.

The show's cast members just seemed to take their roles a little too seriously and their attitudes about Emmy Award snubs were a little bit roughneck.

So I was not surprised to see one of them has indeed gotten in trouble with the law. Read more after the jump. ...

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The title says it all: 'Who the [bleep] Did I Marry?'

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Who_the_bleep_did_i_marryNot wanting to let CBS be first on the air with an expletive bleeped title with the upcoming "$#*! My Dad Says," Investigation Discovery debuts "Who the &!*$/ Did I Marry?" tonight at 10.

Actually, in press notes the show is called "Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?" but a screener used the symbols in place of profanity instead during the opening credits.

Read on after the jump for details. ...

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Duke Robillard returns with "Passport to the Blues"

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

Here's another new CD released this week, this one by long-time guitar man Duke Robillard, who brings his music from all directions, but almost always from somewhere in the blues.

In fact, that's what he says in the liner notes to his new album, "Passport to the Blues" (Stony Plain Records), in an effort to explain the variations in his music: "Whether it's rock 'n' roll or the exotica of "Tales from the Tiki Lounge," I feel like everything I play is blues. Even playing jazz I never feel like a jazz player; I feel like a blues player who likes to swing."

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Going, going, gone: 'Lost' props sold

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 10:45 AM Written by

Last week I reported on a pending auction of "Lost" props and now those items have been sold.

Read the press release about what a Dharma van and Hurley's Camaro went for after the jump. ...

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What Pittsburghers watch (and say they will watch)

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Last week Comcast released the results of a survey on how viewers are using television, finding that more viewers are time shifting how they watch TV using technology such as the DVR and on demand.

In many respects, the survey found Pittsburgh viewers mirror the national trends, but there were some areas where that was not the case. Find out what viewing trends make Pittsburghers unique after the jump. ...

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