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Former late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler left E! for a new talk show on Netflix but she won't be doing a nightly show for the streaming service.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- There's no TV show in the past year that I've received more questions about than "Longmire," a Western-set crime drama that originated as an A&E series but was canceled after three seasons because it skewed too old.

Netflix, which caters only to subscribers not advertisers, doesn't really care about the age of its customers so it gladly picked up the series with a large, loyal built-in fan base, and the show's fourth season finally has a premiere date.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Today the Television Critics Association Summer 2015 press tour begins at The Beverly Hilton with Netflix first up to present. My coverage will begin later today with posts to post-gazette.com, here in the Tuned In Journal blog and in print beginning Wednesday.

But before TCA gets started, I want to offer a PSA directed at networks publicists and personal publicists, in particular, so they can help advise their clients about how to avoid looking silly.

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When it arrived in theaters in 2001, the comedy "Wet Hot American Summer" was greeted with mostly jeers from critics and terrible box office returns. The film attempted to parody 1980s-era camp movies, pushing the bounds of acceptable aburdity by having an obviously older-than-teenager cast (mostly in their late 20s and 30s) playing teenage camp counselors.

I remember hearing buzz about "Wet Hot American Summer" and watched it and found it mildly amusing but nothing to write home about.

Over the years as its then-less-well-known stars -- Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper (pictured above), Paul Rudd -- became much bigger deals, "Wet Hot" developed a cult following. Rumors of a sequel film started to percolate and then Netflix announced it ordered eight half-hour episodes of a "Wet Hot" reunion, available on the streaming service Friday.

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The music of NBC's 'Aquarius'

Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:28

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Late last month NBC's "Aquarius" scored a second season renewal -- but then last week NBC downgraded the show from Thursday to Saturday night -- and a soundtrack featuring the show's 1960s music has also been released.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo joins me to discuss the Emmy noinations, "Catastrophe" and "Wayward Pines."

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Steve Harvey on 'Family Feud' reruns

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:44

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Steve Harvey's having a successful summer with his run of "Celebrity Family Feud" on ABC (8 p.m. Sunday, WTAE). But one of the recurring complaints I get from viewers is the number of reruns of the daytime, syndicated "Family Feud" (1, 7 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays, WPCW, Channel 19).

I asked him about the reruns during an interview last fall. Read what he had to say after the jump. ...

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Breaking Bad bookLooking for some summer reading about your favorite, cutting-edge TV dramas?

New publications devoted to the late, great "Breaking Bad" and NBC's "Hannibal" are now available.

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