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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss "Scandal," "The Leftovers" and "I'm Dying Up Here."

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'Daytime Divas' parodies 'The View'

Monday, 05 June 2017 00:00

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Based on a novel by former "The View" host Star Jones, "Daytime Divas" (9 tonight, VH1) has its funny moments as it recounts the petty behaviors of daytime chat show stars but to often in its first two episodes the show moves in all the expected directions and feels like a lesser Lifetime entry.

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Imagine a mashup of the 1970s-era lowlights of “Vinyl” and the deep dive into a subculture of “Roadies” – both one-and-done series for a reason -- and you’ll get an idea of “I’m Dying Up Here” (10 tonight, Showtime), a one-hour drama about stand-up comedians.

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Post-Gazette online media writer Maria Sciullo joins me to discuss "Twin Peaks: The Return" on Showtime.

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still star crossed

Executive producer Shonda Rhimes is behaind ABC's “Still Star-Crossed” (10 p.m. Monday, WTAE), a period-set “Romeo & Juliet” sequel but woe be unto the viewer who doesn’t remember Shakespeare’s original. Without some Cliff’s Notes handy, the first half of Monday’s pilot is a muddle as to who’s a Montague and who’s a Capulet.

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downward dog

Mixed but mostly good news for Tuesday's time slot premiere of filmed-in-Pittsburgh comedy "Downward Dog." 

Demo ratings (adults 18-49) declined slightly compared to last week's premiere but the show was up by more than 1 million in total viewers, a positive sign for a new series that has to kick off a night of prime-time programming.

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Go 'Dirty Dancing' anew

Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

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Perhaps you’ll have the time of your life watching ABC's "Dirty Dancing" remake (8-11 p.m. Wednesday, WTAE). Or maybe it will just make viewers pine for the 1987 original.

Either way, the three-hour remake has been sitting on the shelf at ABC for quite a while, maybe just waiting for this year, the 30th anniversary of the original movie.

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