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downward dog

We've been reporting since last fall that the ABC pilot "Downward Dog" is based on an unreleased web series created by Pittsburgh-based Animal, Inc.

But now that web series has been released to YouTube in an effort to goose interest in the TV show, which ABC ordered to series in May and is expected to air the eight-episode first season in early 2017.

Watch the "Downward Dog" web series that inspired the ABC comedy starring Allison Tolman after the jump. ...

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dead of summer

Freeform's "Dead of Summer" (9 tonight) might as well be called "Pretty Little Camp Counselors."

Ostensibly an ode to summer camp horror flicks of the '80s, "Dead of Summer" seems well suited as companion programming to Freeform's long-running hit, "Pretty Little Liars."

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Nat Geo debuts 'No Man Left Behind'

Monday, 27 June 2016 12:09

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PASADENA, Calif. -- National Geographic Channel’s six-part series “No Man Left Behind” – from the producers of “Locked Up Abroad” -- kicks off at 9 p.m. Tuesday with “The Real Black Hawk Down,” about the 1993 downing of two Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu that inspired a book and feature film. The series combines interviews, archival footage and re-enactments to tell its stories.

“They're always hard to watch,” said Keni Tomas, who is played by an actor (pictured above). “You've lived it. For it to be entertaining seems just odd. I could tell you, the attention to detail is always good. I think they really do care about getting the equipment and the gear right. But, I mean, how do you recreate that kind of extraordinary ‑‑ I can't even ‑‑ as many times as I've told the story, I can't find another way to describe that different level of reality.”

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queen of the south

Drug kingpin sagas are not new to TV. Netflix has "Narcos." AMC did "Breaking Bad." Once upon a time NBC had "Kingpin."

Now USA introduces "Queen of the South" (10 tonight). Call it queenpin.

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The Television Critics Association announced nominations for its 2016 awards this morning.

 

USA's "Mr. Robot" and FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" tied with four nominations.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss the "Game of Thrones," "The Last Ship" and "Wrecked."

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american gothic 2016

CBS has been down the road with this title before, debuting the spooky "American Gothic" in 1995 and seeing it die on the vine at a time American audiences were not ready for anti-heroes in prime time.

CBS's latest "American Gothic" (10 p.m. Wednesday, KDKA-TV) is not a remake of that cult series; it just shares the title.

This time the story is about a prominent Boston family with dark secrets in its past.

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Comcast made available data showing the most-watched TV shows via Xfinity on Demand nationally and in Pittsburgh for May.

Here's the national list and find the interesting local list after the jump. ...

XFINITY ON DEMAND

   

Top 20 TV Series of May - NATIONAL

 

Rank

Series

Network

1

Game of Thrones Season 6

HBO

2

Empire Season 2

Fox

3

The Big Bang Theory Season 9

CBS

4

60 Days In Season 1

A&E

5

The Girlfriend Experience Season 1

Starz

6

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

AMC

7

Outlander Season 2

Starz

8

Quantico Season 1

ABC

9

The Night Manager Season 1

AMC

10

Bad Girls Club Season 15

Oxygen

11

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 5

VH1

12

NCIS Season 13

CBS

13

The Blacklist Season 3

NBC

14

Blindspot Season 1

NBC

15

Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 12

E!

16

Grey's Anatomy Season 12

ABC

17

Modern Family Season 7

ABC

18

Family Guy Season 14

Fox

19

The Family Season 1

ABC

20

Dancing With The Stars Season 22

ABC

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