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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo joins me to discuss "Downton Abbey," "Last Man on Earth" and "CSI: Cyber."

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American Crime

 

PASADENA, Calif. -- I review ABC's "American Crime" (10 tonight, WTAE) in today's Weekend Mag, but it's worth looking at the show's intent via its creator/writer/director/executive producer John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave").

"[Executive producer] Michael McDonald and ABC approached me in August of 2013 and said they had a desire to do a show that looked at where we are now and who we are now and do it through an inciting incident that people tend to galvanize around," he said. "And one of the things that I wanted to explore was the concept that it's not about the police. It's not about the prosecutors. But it really is about the family and what they deal with, not just for 45 minutes, but the fact that these events usually take months, if not years, to deal with.  And sometimes even then, there's not a resolution."

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broadchurch s2

BBC America's murder-mystery "Broadchurch" (10 tonight) returns for its second season, and what seemed like an open-and-closed case at the end of season one begins to unravel in season two.

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rogers-300x229A tweet last week that went around the Internet and a sketch from a comedy show airing tonight both export Pittsburgh nationally.

Friday marked the 12th anniversary of Fred Rogers' death and the Fred Rogers Company tweeted a link to a message he recorded to adult fans before his death from stomach cancer in 2003. 

This video is not a new release. It was one of a series of videos Rogers recorded at WQED in October 2001 that were used by PBS in the aftermath of 9/11.

In the video, Rogers says, in part:

“… I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger. I like you just the way you are. And what’s more, I’m so grateful to you for helping the children in your life to know that you’ll do everything you can to keep them safe. And to help them express their feelings in ways that will bring healing in many different neighborhoods. Its such a good feeling to know that we’re lifelong friends.”

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PBS renewed one of the South Side-based Fred Rogers Company's three PBS Kids shows for a second season.

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born in the wild

PASADENA, Calif. -- For its latest reality series, Lifetime puts cameras on pregnant women giving birth in remote places in the great outdoors for "Born in the Wild" (10 p.m. Tuesday). Sounds like a terrible, dangerous idea, right?

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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 “The Flash,” “American Pickers” and cord-cutting. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Making Fox's 'Last Man on Earth'

Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:04

Last Man on Earth

PASADENA, Calif. -- I review Fox's appealing "Last Man on Earth" (9 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, WPGH) in today's Weekend Mag, but it's worth looking at the making of the show because it's so out of the ordinary.

The show is about the last man on Earth after a virus wipes out humanity and series creator/star Will Forte acknowledges he was inspired by the cable show "Life After People." But he didn't really do any research on what it might be to be the last man on Earth.

"I always kind of thought that maybe I would do some research to make sure that all the information was accurate and kind of skipped that step," he said. "It would be like if people from NASA watched 'Spaceballs.'"

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss the Oscars telecast, "Parks and Recreation" and "The Artful Detective."

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Get out the sanitizer, WEtv introduces 'Sex Box'

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:25

Sex box

As certain as death and taxes, the PTC is caterwauling over WEtv's "Sex Box" (10 p.m. Friday), an admittedly ridiculous, attention-grabbing concept for a TV therapy show, but despite the title, no sex is shown on TV (and it's not a "live sex show," as PTC claims in one release).

People do discuss their sex lives and relationships, and while I wouldn't let a child watch the show, there's no reason to decry the cable airing of a program that at root is about interpersonal communication just because it involves sex. (One caveat: If the 10 p.m. East Coast airing means the show is on at 9 p.m. Central/Mountain, or worse, 7 p.m. West Coast if the East Coast feed is available via satellite service like DirecTV (and I think this is the case), then WEtv does have some explaining to do because the series does include frank conversation about sex acts.)

That said, "Sex Box" is a ridiculous tease, and there are better reasons to object to the show.

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