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Nothing really new from what I reported last month, but WGN America announced the production start of new drama "Outsiders" today in Pittsburgh.

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Wentworth Miller back on 'The Flash'

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

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PASADENA, Calif. -- One week from tonight on The CW's "The Flash" (8 p.m. Tuesday, WPCW), 1990 Quaker Valley High School grad Wentworth Miller returns to the superhero series as Captain Cold for the episode "Rogue Air."

Miller, pictured above at right, and his "Prison Break" co-star Dominic Purcell (above at left as Heat Wave), finds his character approached by foe The Flash (Grant Gustin), who seeks his assistance.

In a January interview, Miller said he's relieved not to have a lead role in "The Flash" as he had on "Prison Break."

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If you missed it last month, above you'll find the "Sesame Street" parody of "Game of Thrones," called "Game of Chairs." It's pretty amusing.

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Younger” and “Bones.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss "Scandal," "Happyish," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Going Clear."

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The second-season premiere of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" is already available for free viewing online and that episode airs at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The series, set in Victorian England, brings supernatural elements into a period setting. Josh Hartnett (pictured above), who stars as gunslinger-turned-wolfman Ethan Chandler, said the show's setting propels its stories.

"The Industrial Revolution was having an effect on people's understanding of culture in general and of family and of city versus country," he said at a Jannuary Showtime press conference. "I think the life expectancy in London at this point was something like 26. It was very low. And there happened to be wonderful writers tapping into that and writing allegorical stories about that fear."

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PBS premieres 'Last Days in Vietnam'

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The Rory Kennedy-directed documentary "Last Days in Vietnam" played in Pittsburgh theatrically last fall -- read Barry Paris' review -- and it debuts tonight on PBS's "American Experience" (9 p.m. WQED-TV).

The film includes interviews with Mt. Lebanon native Col. Stuart Herrington, who is retired from service in the U.S. Army and now lives in Carlsbad, Calif. Herrington graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1960 and from Duquesne University in 1964. He lived in Pittsburgh until he went to Vietnam in the early 1970s.

The film, which has been criticized by some for its accuracy, recounts the final days of the Vietnam War and the evacuation of American personnel from Saigon, while the Americans stationed there worried about the fate of the South Vietnamese friends at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army.

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Last week I wrote about the primary local locations chosen for WGN America's "Outsiders," which begins production next Tuesday in Pittsburgh. It's expected to air on the cable network in early 2016.

"Outsiders" will be the third, hour-long prime-time series to be filmed in Western Pennsylvania following A&E's ratings dud "Those Who Kill" and the currently-in-production fourth season of Cinemax's "Banshee." (I'm not counting the 2007 Spike TV effort "The Kill Point" just because that was introduced as a miniseries, not an ongoing series, even though a second season was considered before being abandoned for cheaper reality fare.)

So what is "Outsiders" about and who are the lead characters?

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It's time again for the Keep or Cancel? poll, giving viewers a chance to play programmer and vote for shows from the 2014-15 TV season to keep or cancel. To see what's in danger, read this column.

Voting closes at the end of the day today.

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Downton Abbey,” “Law & Order: UK” and a reporter seen on WPXI. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

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