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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 “Survivor,” “Ice Road Truckers” and local news obsession with the Steelers. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Chris Smither at the Club Cafe

Thursday, 19 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

Chris Smither is not exactly a bluesman, but his original music is often full of the smoke and grit of the blues, and his blues covers can be magical.

Smither usually performs alone and acoustic, and needs nothing else to play excellent music. Tonight, he'll be at the Club Cafe on the South Side  as part of a trio he calls Chris Smither and the Motivators -- with multi-instrumentalist David "Goody" Goodrich and percussionist Zak Trojano.

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Spike Lee returns to New Orleans for HBO

Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

ifgodiswilling02BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Filmmaker Spike Lee returns to New Orleans for a sequel to his 2006 documentary "When the Levees Broke," checking on the state of the city five years after Hurricane Katrina.

"If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" (9-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, HBO) also makes up for inadequacies Lee found in his first movie on the subject. To find out what they were, click "read more" below. ...


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How about some blues from Swississippi?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

What with all the talk here and there about the blues being a dying music, you'd think that no one would be looking to get into the blues record business. You'd be wrong.

A native of Switzerland a native of Chicago have formed a new label that they're calling Swississipp Records. Chris Harper, a harp player and former Swiss businessman, and Dave Katzman, a Chicago music scene veteran, are launching the label on Sept. 21, with three new albums: Chris Harper's "Four Aces and a Harp," Rob Blaine's "Big Otis Blues," and Peaches Staten's "Live at Legends."

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Bioshock Infinite Trailer

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 02:54 PM Written by

In cased you missed this piece of video goodness last week, here is the recently released trailer for Bioshock Infinite.  This will be the newest title ofthe Bioshock saga, and marks the return of Ken Levine, the lead designer of the first Bioshock

The trailer leaves fans mostly in the dark about timeline, protagonist and villain, but showcases a new, apparently pro-America, floating city in the clouds.  Say so long to Rapture. 

Word is that we will have to wait until 2012 to see a final version of Bioshock Infinite.  I say it's worth the wait for a true sequel of one of my favorite games of all time. 

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Last chance to own a piece of 'Lost'

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

JackLostFinaleStill mourning the end of "Lost" and/or how it ended?

Now's your last chance to own a piece of the show, including a Dharma van or jeep. Hurley's Camaro and pieces of the Oceanic Flight 815 wreckage.

"Lost" props are going up for auction this weekend. Read full details in the release after the jump. ...

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Maybe it's the afterglow of blues festival weekends, especially the great music I heard at the Wheeling Heritage Music BluesFest, but the album I present for your consideration today is a welcome look back at a vintage blues piano man -- Willie Lee Perryman.

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2010 regional Emmy nominations

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 08:00 PM Written by

The 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award nominations were announced tonight at simultaneous events in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and this year Pittsburgh stations made a better showing. That's what happens when local stations actually enter the competition.

For years Pittsburgh stations have had varying reactions to the Emmys -- ignoring, embracing, boycotting -- but this year representatives of KDKA, WPXI and WTAE said each entered as an organization; due to financial constraints, WQED did not enter as an organization but employees entered on their own.

Pittsburgh outlets saw their nomination haul increase from a total of 25 nominations last year to 44 for 2010.

As usual, WQED had the most nominations with 16 but not by much. KDKA came in second with 14 nods, WPXI had 8 and WTAE scored 6.

In some categories, Pittsburgh outlets were no-shows -- feature news report, serious feature, human interest, politics/government -- but that's not surprising as those are reporting categories where Pittsburgh stations too rarely venture.

The 28th regional Emmys, honoring work from stations and individuals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, will be held Sept. 25 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Read the full list of nominees after the jump. ...

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