Rob Owen

Rob Owen

CBS's boring 'Briefcase'

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:17


There are plenty of reasons to dislike CBS's "The Briefcase" (8 p.m. Wednesday, KDKA-TV) sight unseen -- it's a cruel hoax that pits poor people against one another! -- but perhaps the most pertinent, selfish reason is this: It's boring.

Viewers spend an hour listening to average Joes and Janes talk finances.

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New 'Odd Squad' episodes this week

Monday, 25 May 2015 10:48

Odd Squad kids

PASADENA, Cailf. -- Dalila Bela and Filip Geljo, the young actors who star as Agent Olive and Agent Otto on PBS's Fred Rogers Company-produced "Odd Squad" (7 a.m. weekdays, WQED-TV), have grown by leaps and bounds since they filmed the pilot episode in January 2014.

That's especially true for 12-year-old Geljo (above at right), who was 4'8" in January 2014 and grew to 5'3" in January 2015.

Producers have long noted that the show is named "Odd Squad" and not after the agents so future seasons might feature a new cast if these kids grow too tall for the set, which has low, designed-for-young-kids ceilings.

This week PBS serves up five new "Odd Squad" episodes.

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tuned in podcast logo

Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson joins me to discuss "Mad Men," "Arrow," "The Flash" and David Letterman.

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red nose day

NBC debuts the U.S. version of "Red Nose Day" (live 8-11 p.m. Thursday, WPXI), a televised fundraiser that's been a hit in England for a decade.

Here's how NBC describes it:


In the U.K., Red Nose Day has been a tradition for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe. With superstar presenters and comedians, original sketch comedy, hilarious film parodies and amazing musical performances, Red Nose Day has been one of the BBC’s highest-rated Friday night shows for many years and raised more than $1 billion in donations so far for organizations addressing poverty.

Created in 1985 by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Bridget Jones Diary," "Notting Hill"), Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and increase awareness of poverty in order to save and change millions of lives. 


Curtis is an executive producer of the NBC telecast, which will be packed with celebrities, including Jack Black.

"There's a little bit more of a broad entertainment streak [in the American version], but the reason we picked Jack was because he's a beloved comedian, as well as all his other dramatic skills," Curtis said in a teleconference last week. "And I think I'm hoping people will get a lot of laughs, as well as emotional moments."

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fighting season

Although DirecTV's six-episode Audience Network series "The Fighting Season" (9 tonight) begins with executive producer/cameraman Ricky Schroder's somewhat rah-rah narration, before long the program depicts American soldiers in Afghanistan with more complexity.

"This place has people who will do anything for you and people who will do anything to kill you," notes one soldier of the contradictions on the ground.

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mad men finale

Sunday night AMC's "Mad Men" ended with a ding that brought to mind the closing seconds of "The Sopranos."

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legends of tomorrow

This morning The CW, seen in Pittsburgh on WPCW (Channel 19), announced its 2015-16 schedule,which shifts several series around but adds just one new program for fall and aves the its latest superhero show, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," pictured above and starring former Pittsburgher Wentworth Miller (foreground at right, holding gun), for midseason.

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CBS announced its fall 2015 schedule this morning. The network canceled "CSI" but will give the show a two-hour wrap-up movie with original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger returning for the finale. "CSI" star Ted Danson will transfer to returning spin-off "CSI: Cyber."

Read the network's release -- and watch video previews from the new series -- after the jump. ...

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