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Keep or cancel? Vote for your TV favorites

Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:06

 

Keep revised KC logo 2013In the Post-Gazette's Keep or Cancel? poll, you, the viewer, get to play programmer and vote for the shows you would renew and those your would send to the ever-expanding TV show graveyard.

Voting continues through Sunday and one vote per computer will be accepted.

The link to cast your ballot can be found after the jump. ...

 

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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 “Hannibal,” “Rake” and a Mike Clark look-alike. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

writers room scandal

Sundance TV's "The Writers' Room" (9 p.m. Friday), hosted by Jim Rash ("Community"), returns for a six-episode second season this week and begins with a look at the ABC series "Scandal."

"The Writers' Room" has ditched its first-season set -- designed to look like an actual writers room with guests seated around a long conference room table -- in favor of an exposed brick loft feel, which, while more pleasant, does nothing to replicate the look/feel of a real TV show writers' room.

"The Writers' Room" is probably more fun for those who do not follow TV closely. It does not offer a deep dive into the making of TV; it's more of a shallow dive.

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TV review: 'Salem' on WGN America

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:07

Salem WGN

 

Another cable network rushes into the original scripted programming fray this weekend with WGN America’s debut of “Salem” (10 p.m. Sunday), a loopy but-not-loopy-enough witch show.

Set in 17th-century Massachusetts, the “Salem” pilot is long on set-up and doesn’t get crazy until about 30 minutes in when a witch appears to give the Heimlich to a wheelchair bound elderly man, who vomits up a frog, which then appears to suck on the witch’s thigh before she shoves the frog back down her husband’s throat.

Perhaps if “Salem” had gone for the crazy earlier – a literal backwoods, witchcraft-induced abortion isn’t as sensational – it might be more appealing to viewers with an appreciation for cheesy TV. But the “Salem” pilot is rather plodding except when occasionally punctuated by these more gonzo scenes.

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'Pioneers of Television' returns to PBS

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:20

pioneers of television

PASADENA, Calif. -- PBS's "Pioneers of Television" (8 tonight, WQED-TV) returns for a new season of four episodes, beginning with tonight's "Standup to Sitcom," which includes new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart and other comedians who made the transition to TV.

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'Those Who Kill': Episode 5

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:26

TWK ep 5"Those Who Kill" began its fifth episode by finally explaining how Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) can afford her Mt. Washington condo: It belongs to her mother and stepfather and Jensen was living in it rent-free. Now she's moving into a dingy loft.

Then it's on to a murder atop the Smithfield-Liberty parking garage (you could see the steeple of Smithfield United in the background).

Written by Darin Morgan and Glen Morgan and directed by David Petrarca, the episode also explained Schaeffer's backstory and obsession with having been wrong on a previous murder investigation.

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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 “How I Met Your Mother,” “Pittsburgh Today Live” and Pennsylvania Lottery drawings on WTAE. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

"The Chair," the shot-in-Pittsburgh unscripted series about the making of two different movies from the same script, has been picked up to air on premium cable channel Starz. Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto ("Heroes," "Star Trek") is among the executive producers.

"The Chair" will debut this fall.

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Ken Burns and the Gettysburg Address on PBS

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:25

The Address

For his latest documentary, PBS mainstay Ken Burns goes small: "The Address" (9 p.m. Tuesday, WQED-TV) clocks in at mere (for Burns) 90 minutes as it follows boys with "complex learning differences" (re: many have ADHD, exeuctive function issues, and dyslexia) at The Greenwood School, a boarding school for kids ages 11-17 in Putnery, Vt., as they memorize the Gettysburg Address, a rite of passage since the school's founding in 1978.

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That didn't last long.

Less than 24 hours after a retransmission dispute between WTAE parent company Hearst and DISH Network took WTAE off the satellite service, the two companies reached a deal.

The timing of the dispute was particularly bad for Channel 4 with the breaking news out of Franklin Regional High school today.

Read the Hearst announcement of the deal after the jump. ...

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