Arts, Entertainment, Living

'Weeds' withers?

Monday, 16 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

weeds_gal6_0getaway_groupShowtime's "Weeds" returns for its sixth season tonight at 10 -- followed by the premiere of "The Big C" -- and the show may be starting to take an interesting turn.

I've been largely bored by "Weeds" for a couple of seasons now, pretty much ever since Nancy and her crew left suburbia. I understand the need to inject new life into an aging show with a fresh setting but it was such a stark contrast from the show's original premise.

Now I'm starting to think "Weeds" may -- emphasis on "may" because I have no idea what executive producer Jenji Kohan and the other writers have planned -- come back around and land in an interesting place.

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Pinetop Perkins at the Heritage Music BluesFest. (Jim White photo)

I spent Saturday at the Heritage Music BluesFest in Wheeling, listening to a day's worth of excellent music -- it was the only day I managed, but I think I chose wisely. Everything was first-rate, from the music to solid crowds, to chatting with a few bluesmates.

One of the pleasures of festivals like this is that you get to see fine established performers, and you get to see acts that you've never seen before. That was exactly the case in Wheeling.There was great music from the people you would expect to give you great music -- Janiva Magness, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Pinetop Perkins, and Cedric & Malcom -- and the surprise of music from unexpected places -- Grady Champion, Shakura S'Aida and Davina and Vagabonds.

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Marcia Ball - good times roll at South Park concert

Friday, 13 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

Marcia Ball (Jim White photo)I know, I know. The Wheeling blues festival opened last night, despite the absence of BlueNotes.

I chose the Marcia Ball concert at the South Park Amphitheater instead, mainly because I hadn't seen her for maybe 16 years or so (last time at the Decade).  I wasn't disappointed.

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Hey, What's up with this Video?

Friday, 13 August 2010 04:59 PM Written by

From now on at the top of the page in the Game Guy section there will be a trailer for an upcoming game.  The first trailer of many is for Deca Sports 3, the third title of the best-selling, Hudson developed Wii franchise.  

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Submit questions to Rob Owen.

This week’s TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Wipeout,” “Friday Night Lights” and a former WTAE reporter. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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'90s stars reunite in 'Melissa & Joey'

Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Mel_JoeyTake two 1990s TV youth stars -- Melissa Joan Hart of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (1996-2003, ABC) and Joey Lawrence of "Blossom" (1991-95, NBC) -- plop them in the midst of what's essentially a remake of a 1980s sitcom (ABC's 1984-1992 hit "Who's the Boss?") and you get ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey," an uninspired, Frankensitcom made from the parts of older, better shows.

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Marcia Ball at South Park Friday night

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:00 PM Written by

If you're not going to opening night at the Heritage Music BluesFest in Wheeling tomorrow (and I'm guessing here that not everybody is going), there's a sweet deal for fans of New Orleans music, piano music, blues music and Marcia Ball. She'll be at the South Park Amphitheater, and the sweet deal is that it's not only a concert by one of the best, it's also free.

Here's a video of what Marcia does so well, and right below that is one I ran across of her in 1987, when we all just kids:

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WBGN adds sports digital subchannel

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Low-power station WBGN will add NBC-owned Universal Sports Network as a digital subchannel beginning Saturday. It could be good news for Olympics fans, too, although any hurrahs for that may be premature.

USN joins the over-the-air lineup as digital channel 59.4. (Regular WBGN is 59.1, home shopping airs on 59.2 and infomercials play on 59.3).

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, some Pittsburgh viewers were upset that WPXI did not carry USN as a digital subchannel so they could see additional Olympics coverage. WBGN's deal might bring that added coverage to Pittsburgh but at the moment affiliates' contracts to carry USN only run through December 2011 and the next Olympic games kick off in 2012.

Also, USN's Olympic coverage is limited to "Sports Center"-style highlights at the moment, pending the outcome of negotiations to carry actual events with the International Olympic Committee, according to WBGN owner Ron Bruno.

Until the Olympics, USN will carry other sports events under deals with the International Rowing Federation, International Swimming Federation, International Association of Athletics Federations, International Ski Federation, the International Cycling Union and the International Gymnastics Federation.

In addition to being available over the air, WBGN's USN channel will also be carried by Verizon's FiOS TV on Channel 463. WBGN has been in a long-running dispute over carriage with Comcast; so far Comcast has not announced plans to pick up WBGN's USN channel.

Here's the release:




WBGN-TV is proud to announce the addition of Universal Sports Network to its digital sub channel line-up, effective Saturday, August 14, 2010.

“We are proud to bring the Pittsburgh region this first class sports channel” said Ron Bruno, President of WBGN. “Southwestern Pennsylvania is rich with sports heritage and people here are very active in all kinds of sports. This network will give viewers an outlet for the competitive sports that we might not see on other stations and because it is produced by Universal, we know the quality is great!”

“We are excited to be teaming up with WBGN-TV and the greater Pittsburgh area,” said Bo LaMotte, Senior Vice President of Distribution, Universal Sports Network. “Pittsburgh is well-known for its sports fans, traditions and athletes, and our unique and high profile sports programming is an excellent addition for its viewers.”

WBGN is a Class A Television broadcast channel serving the Pittsburgh area. WBGN’s digital signal has four channels. Universal Sports Network will be broadcast on channel 59.4 over the air. Verizon FiOS customers can see this new network on channel 463.

Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming. Universal Sports Network delivers an immersive experience via exclusive live coverage of world-class competitions including over 1,000 live events, with more than 7,000 hours of annual original event programming.

Currently, Universal Sports holds exclusive long-term programming agreements across a number of key International Sports Federations; including the International Rowing Federation (FISA), International Swimming Federation (FINA), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), International Ski Federation (FIS), the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

Major championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from Track and Field, Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling, to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo. Along with event coverage, Universal Sports gives participants and fans a complete value-added content offering, allowing them to interact with their favorite world-class champions, as well as become familiar with up-and-coming athletes through the site's blogs and interviews.

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