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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss “Outsiders," "Grease: Live!" and "Downton Abbey."

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'Outsiders' episode two review/recap

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:30

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If there was as unexepected element in episode one of WGN America's "Outsiders," it was the impact of the Farrells on townies, particularly the impact of Farrell wine that presumably had a role in making a townie boy murder his father (or step-father, the relationship wasn't entirely clear).

Episode two continued a lot of the plots that began in the pilot. Read more about it after the jump. ...

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Tonight at 8 CBS airs "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016," a countdown of the Top 50 Super Bowl ads that will also include an interview with the stars of the famous 1980 commercial featuring Pittsburgh Steelers legend "Mean" Joe Greene and Tommy Okon.

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WGN America issued a ratings release today for filmed-in-Pittsburgh "Outsiders" that puts the odds of a second season in a favorable light if the show's ratings hold up.

Last week's preliminary numbers improved when digital platform (DVR, VOD) viewing was factored in, bring the show's premiere episdoe total to 3.9 million viewers, making it the network's highest-viewed episode of original programming ever.

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'The Expanse' ends its first season on Syfy

Monday, 01 February 2016 09:16

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Back in December I wrote about Syfy's "The Expanse," which I liked but thought it had some work to do before it made a lot of sense.

Tomorrow night the series airs its two-hour season finale (10 p.m. Tuesday) and finally, finally gets to where it seemed destined to go all along.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo joins me to discuss “The X-Files," "The Magicians" and "War & Peace."

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'Outsiders' episode one review

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

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It's sometimes a challenge to objectively review a TV show made in Pittsburgh because I want production to come to town. But as a critic I have to be honest and if a show is not great, say it's not great. Reviewing WGN America's "Outsiders" was no exception.

It's certainly a better, more interesting series than A&E's disappointing "Those Who Kill" but "Outsiders" doesn't rise to the level of other great dramas in the #PeakTV era. It's not even close to FX's "Sons of Anarchy," which is probably closest to in terms of being the story of what's essentially a gang or club that lives off the grid.

Regardless, I plan to break down each episode here weekly. Read the series premiere review after the jump. ...

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PASADENA, Calif. -- I wrote a lot about WGN America's shot-in-Pittsburgh "Outsiders" (9 tonight) Sunday in the PG, both as a feature and in a review.

But one of the most interesting behind-the-scenes aspects of the series was how it was one filled with fits and starts -- the original production design team hired for the project was dismissed and replaced not long before production began -- and a pretty rare degree of collaboration between the cast and series creator Peter Mattei.

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