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outlawBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The most ridiculous pilot of fall, the press conference for NBC's "Outlaw" answered a few burning questions raised by the pilot.

Foremost, how stupid do producers think viewers are? Even without any legal training, the "Outlaw" pilot struck me as completely out-of-touch with the reality of how a Supreme Court justice behaves.

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outsourcedBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Pittsburgh native Anisha Nagarajan steals the pilot of "Outsourced" in the quietest way possible.

Nagarajan, pictured above at left in pink, plays a call center operator in India who is shy to the point of being speechless but she comes out of her shell by the end of the premiere episode.

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: 'Law & Order' heads to L.A.

Friday, 30 July 2010 03:10 PM Written by

LawOLA_UF_SBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- NBC canceled the original "Law & Order" in May -- and executive producer Dick Wolf said any hopes for a cable pickup for the original have been dashed -- but the network will expand the franchise with another spin-off, this one set in Los Angeles.

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: NBC exec live blog

Friday, 30 July 2010 01:23 PM Written by

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- What the NBC executives have to say in live blog format, after the jump.

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NBA2K10By Josh Axelrod


It is an unassuming moment in a game that has been only slightly interesting so far. The Boston Celtics are beating the Miami Heat by a solid 10 points in the third quarter.

Paul Pierce squares up for a jumper, shoots, but the ball bounces off the back rim into the waiting hands of Chris Bosh. He scans the court for options before hurling a long outlet pass to Dwyane Wade streaking down the right side.

Wade heads for the hoop, but pulls back when confronted with the hulking frame of Kevin Garnett in his way. He backs up, and while looking the other way, flips the ball over his shoulder to a teammate with a free path to the basket.

South Florida's newest king, none other than LeBron James, proceeds to make the basket wish it had been stitched into a sweater instead with a two-hand "poundcake dunk," as announcer Kenny Smith described it.

This play sparks something in every Heat player, causing a comeback that Pierce's 35 points, Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal's combined 24 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo's 20 points and 9 assists eventually thwart, carrying their team to a 98-93 victory.

The astute NBA fan should be asking several quesitons right now: Bosh, Wade and James just signed contracts with the Heat. How are they playing already? Who are their teammates? For that matter, same for O'Neal with the Celtics? And since when does Kenny Smith commentate for NBA games?

With an Xbox 360, a few roster changes and a copy of NBA 2K10, as Garnett would say, "Anything is possible!" With rosters updated for the entire NBA through July 9, 2010 (the day after the Lebronathon officially ended), I played through 16 games with the Three Kings of South Beach to see how they would stack up with the rest of the league. This is my story.

I used eight-minute quarters instead of the regulation twelve-minute NBA quarters, the rosters I used are already outdated (but the big moves were all made), my skill level is certainly a variable, and the game still uses last year's schedule and player statistics.

If the Heat play like my simulated team, they will be on their way to some quick glory. They finished my little experiment with a record of 13-3, second best in the league (behind, who else, the Los Angeles Lakers at 14-2).

Their 74.1 points per game, .522 field goal percentage, and 6.1 steals per game were first in the league. They were tied for second overall with 14.8 assists a game. Interestingly, they were also first in the league with 74.2 points allowed per game.

The most fascinating statistic was in their rebounding numbers: last in the league with only 24.6
rpg. Considering the lineup I was using, this makes sense.
My starting lineup had the Young Big Three, including point guard Mario Chalmers and forward Udonis Haslem. Bosh and Haslem certainly would not be considered to be a particularly dynamic duo on the boards.

The only other player guarenteed to be a Miami Heat next year was my sixth man, sharpshooter Mike Miller. My roster was rounded out by current Heat role players, the significant ones being guard Quentin Richardson, center Joel Anthony, and guard Daequan Cook (who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the draft in real life).

In terms of pure numbers, LeBron and Wade were studs. LeBron's were 17.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, and 1.4 spg. Wade was close behind with 17.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, and lead my team in steals with 1.7 spg.

Bosh could be dominant at times, but his numbers do not do his play justice: 13.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 0.8 apg. He was out of position at center though, showing a glaring hole in the Heat's starting lineup.

Whenever Chalmers or Haslem even mildly contributed, victories were almost automatic. As long as Chalmers consistently got the ball to Wade or LeBron and Haslem rebounded and got a few put-back dunks, winning was not too much of an issue.

More telling than the statistics were the games themselves.

Amar'e Stoudemire does not appear to be the key in New York, as I torched his Knicks, 88-70. Bosh dominated Stoudemire, going for 18 points and 7 rebounds.

The inevitable return to Cleveland was a surprisingly close affair, with the Heat barely edging out the Cavaliers, 73-68, behind the Miami Trio's combined 48 points.

Though the wins were plentiful and Miami is ridiculously fun to watch in action, the losses might be something to worry about come playoff time. This is because in NBA 2K10, Carmelo Anthony,
Paul Pierce and Vince Carter do not have the ability to miss a shot.

The Denver Nuggets made my team look like scrubs, with Melo and Nene going for a combined 46 points and 14 rebounds. The aforementioned Celtics game was not exactly a debacle, but was proof that Boston's Aging Big Three can contend with the Heat's youth.

The Heat's major concern should be matching up with the Orlando Magic. My squard did its best, but nothing could stop Dwight Howard. His 19 points and 10 rebounds -- not to mention Carter's 21-point contribution -- told me that until the Heat can find a center to contend with Superman, their road to a title is not paved with gold.

Something tells me that Zydrunas Ilgauskus is not the answer.

Josh Axelrod is a Pittsburgh Allderdice High School graduate and an incoming freshman at the University of Maryland. He has covered video games for the Post-Gazette at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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TV Q&A: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Deadliest Catch,' NASA TV

Friday, 30 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

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 “Sons of Anarchy,” “Deadliest Catch” and NASA TV. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

— Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Ellen DeGeneres quits 'American Idol'

Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:28 PM Written by

That didn't last long: Ellen DeGeneres has quit Fox's "American Idol" after just one season as a judge on the singing competition series.

How come? Read the network release after the jump. ...

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: 'Gossip Girl' goes to Paris

Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:45 PM Written by

GO401B_0363rBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Season four of "Gossip Girl" begins with a field trip for its first two episodes -- to Paris!

And look, the photo at right proves Chuck Bass lives (as if there was ever any doubt!).

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