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Rick Stevenson Director Millennials

Little cable network Ovation TV debuts "Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century" (7 p.m. Thursday), which launches with a grim first hour.

Each episode features interviews with three young people conducted by filmmaker Rick Stevenson (pictured above) over a 15-year period. He talked to them annually beginning in 2001. The show is sort of a non-fiction "Boyhood" that's also reminiscent of the British "Seven Up!" series. It's fairly depressing to watch three kids in a row grapple with tragic difficulties.

Danielle self-harms following sexual abuse. Jonathan turns to drugs to cope with issues of sexual identity. Eventually, all three kids in the first episode get what appear to be happy enough endings. But it's a tough path to get there.

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss HBO's "Game of Thrones," "Silicon Valley" and "Veep."

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I'm always curious to see how Pittsburgh viewing habits compare to national viewing. Last month Comcast Xfinity sent out a list of the top TV shows on VOD for a 12-month period ending March 31.

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Top XOD Shows (All Markets) 

1 Game of Thrones (HBO)
2 The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
3 Empire (Fox)
4 Entourage (HBO)
5 Power (Starz)
6 Blue Bloods (CBS)
7 The Walking Dead (AMC)
8 Modern Family (ABC)
9 Homeland (Showtime)
10 Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)

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I wasn't wild about Fox's "Houdini & Doyle" (9 tonight, WPGH) in my review Sunday, but I am curious how a period drama would end up on Fox.

At a Fox press conference in January, executive producer David Shore said the show was a bargain. Or maybe he was kidding.

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson joins me to discuss Beyonce's "Lemonade," AMC's "The Night Manager" and ABC's "Scandal."

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AMC's 'Turn' returns

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AMC's Revolutionary War drama "Turn: Washington's Spies" (10 tonight) is one of those shows I found intriguing in premise but kind of dull as a weekly viewing exercise. So I hadn't really watched it much since season one.

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outsiders ep 13

I'm not entirely sure what to make of the first-season finale of "Outsiders" other than to be happy I finally know how to spell the name of the Farrells' leader thanks to the episode title, "Long Live the Bren'in."

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