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Aug 16, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TV Q&A with Rob Owen Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here’s a selection of recent queries. Q: I saw WTAE posted a meteorologist opening. Did I miss an announcement that someone was leaving, or are they simply expanding their weather department? I believe a decade ago they had five and bragged that they were the largest weather team in town. — DAVID, GREENSBURG Rob: I have a vague recoll
Aug 16, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — For his first TV series since “Futurama,” which debuted almost 20 years ago, creator Matt Groening moved from Fox to Netflix for “Disenchantment,” which is now streaming. The character designs and much of the style of humor will be familiar to fans of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” although “Disenchantment” seems less funny right off the bat. Part of that is due to the running time of episodes, which run beyond the 22 minutes (without commercials) of a broadcast netwo
Aug 10, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TV Q&A with Rob Owen Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here’s a selection of recent queries. Q: I’ve noticed that Judge Judy is getting very crabby lately. Any mistake from the litigants is met with surly, berating criticism, then she half stands up and wags her finger at everyone and calls them idiots or stupid. Do you think this is a result of her advancing age or simply a ratings ploy to justify he
Aug 03, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – With the Disney purchase of 20th Century Fox, it’s no longer business as usual at Fox Broadcasting. It was not bought by Disney and is being dubbed “New Fox” as it stays in the Rupert Murdoch portfolio alongside Fox News Channel and Fox Sports. Fox Television Group co-chairmen and co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said they have been planning for the Fox network’s future without an attached studio to provide programming with its new deals for “NFL Thursday Night Footb
Aug 08, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — ABC’s “The Rookie” may prove to be the fall’s easiest-to-predict, broadcast drama success story. The series reunites “Castle” star Nathan Fillion with a 10 p.m. time slot on ABC, tweaking the procedural format by changing his character from a detective, as he played on “Castle,” to a rookie beat cop. “The Rookie” (10 p.m. Oct. 16, WTAE) begins when Mr. Fillion’s recently divorced John Nolan is visiting a bank in Foxburg, Clarion County, that gets robbed. It sets him o
Aug 08, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Partially Pittsburgh-set NBC hit “This Is Us” ended its second season with Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) tying the knot, Deja (Lyric Ross) smashing Randall’s windshield and viewers scratching their heads over a cryptic flash-forward featuring an older Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and adult daughter Tess preparing “to go see her” whoever her is (Deja? Beth? Someone else?). The 18-episode third season, premiering at 9 p.m. Sept. 25 on WPXI, will jump to the
Aug 07, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The year of Mister Rogers isn’t only ushering in remembrances of the real man in the red cardigan: Showtime also has “Kidding” (10 p.m. Sept. 9), a half-hour dramedy starring Jim Carrey as a Mister Rogers-like children’s show host. Like Fred Rogers, Mr. Carrey’s Jeff Pickles is kind and soft-spoken. He eschews profanity. He lives in the middle of the country (Columbus, Ohio, instead of Pittsburgh). He’s had a 30-year career in television and his show, “Mr. Pickles’ Pupp
Jul 28, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Prior to airing on PBS’s “Independent Lens,” likely in 2019, the Fred Rogers feature documentary film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” will be released digitally on Aug. 21 and on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 4. The Hollywood Reporter notes “Neighbor” is poised to cross the $20 million domestic box office any day now. The film has become the top-grossing biographical documentary of all time domestically, the top-earning documentary in the past five years and the 14th biggest of
Jul 26, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here’s a selection of recent queries. Q: Why is it that it seems local news anchors can’t get through a sentence without making mistakes? Could it be because of the way the TelePrompTer has written it or they are poorly prepared? I would think I can’t be the only one who has noticed this. What about the stations, do they not care? I think Channel 2 is the worst, but t
Aug 06, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The CW introduces two new pretty good drama series this fall and says farewell to a critical favorite. ‘All American’ Easily the fall’s best hour-long broadcast network pilot, “All American” (9 p.m. Oct. 10, WPCW) is inspired by the story of former Miami Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysinger who grew up in South Central Los Angeles but received a permit to attend tony Beverly Hills High where he played football. That’s the story in “All American” for Spencer James
Aug 08, 2018 / By Rob Owen
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – ABC executives appear to be terrified of questions about the cancellation of “Roseanne” or about its upcoming spin-off series, “The Conners.” The Disney-owned network bucked almost four decades of tradition that had its top entertainment executive take questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Executive press conferences are entirely appropriate since network affiliates broadcast over public airwaves and executives should be held
Aug 06, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The mustache is out, a light goatee is in for Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez, “Scandal”) on CBS’s remake of “Magnum P.I.” (9 p.m. Sept. 24, KDKA-TV). Showrunner Peter Lenkov -- who previously remade “Hawaii Five-0” for CBS and was a fan of the original “Magnum,” drawing cartoons of the character when he was 14 -- said forsaking Magnum’s mustache was an easy, early choice. “Trying to clone Tom Selleck, trying to do that Magnum, is a slippery slope,” he said at a CBS pres
Aug 06, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – CBS All Access’ “One Dollar,” which has been filming in Western Pennsylvania since spring, debuted its first trailer in advance of its Aug. 30th premiere on the streaming service. A mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, “One Dollar” follows a one-dollar bill that changes hands among a group of characters involved in a murder. Episodes will release weekly on Thursdays. The “One Dollar” cast includes John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-Whit
Aug 05, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Television’s infatuation with reboots continues this fall with The CW’s “Charmed” and CBS’s “Magnum P.I.” but perhaps the most welcome return is CBS’s “Murphy Brown” (9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, KDKA-TV). A continuation rather than a remake, “Murphy Brown” returns 20 years after its initial 10-year run concluded in 1998. The story picks up with Murphy reuniting members of her old FYI team – Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), Frank Fontana (Joel Regalbuto) and Miles Silverbeg (Grant S
Aug 05, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – For the past two falls CBS has taken deserved knocks for the lack of diversity in its new prime-time shows, which overwhelmingly featured middle-age white guys as leads. This fall CBS deserves credit for taking those criticisms and offering programs with a far more diverse roster of lead actors, from a Hispanic lead on the “Magnum P.I.” reboot to two sitcoms and one drama starring African-American leads and a Dick Wolf drama with a woman in the lead role. But CBS can’
Aug 03, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv . Here’s a selection of recent queries. Q: Why do local news anchors repeatedly use terms like “check this out” or “look at this” or “wait till you hear this”? I have heard these types of phrases used a half dozen times in one newscast. It seems so unprofessional. The anchor shouldn’s be talking like they are at a bar with friends. It is happening on two of our three
Aug 07, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora” limited drama series about a real-life 2015 jail break in upstate New York filmed its eight episodes over about six months mostly in New York with two weeks of production in Pittsburgh at the now-closed SCI Pittsburgh (formerly known as Western Penitentiary). “Dannemora,” premiering at 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and directed by Ben Stiller (“Reality Bites”), tells the story of a prison employee (Patricia Arquette, “Medium”) who becomes sexually inv
Aug 05, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX’s critically-acclaimed Russian-spies-in-America-drama “The Americans” won big at the 34th annual Television Critics Association Awards, taking home awards in its final season for outstanding achievement in drama, program of the year and individual achievement in drama for star Keri Russell. “This is the award that really means something to us,” said “Americans” executive producer Joe Weisberg, acknowledging the consistent support the series received from TV critics.
Aug 05, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in a new “Star Trek” series for the CBS All Access streaming service. The new series is a follow-up to “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which aired in first-run syndication from 1987-94 and was followed by several big-screen movies, the last released in 2002. The Hollywood Reporter describes the new series as “an exploration of the next chapter of Picard’s life.” No word if that will include a starsh
Aug 03, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — FX Networks CEO John Landgraf coined the term “peak TV” at a 2015 Television Critics Association press conference, predicting an abundance of scripted programming would lead to a bubble that would eventually burst. With the continued proliferation of streaming services offering script originals that has not come to pass. “The insane volume of new and returning series makes me suspect the golden age of television has become the gilded age of television,” Mr. Landgraf s
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