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Dec 13, 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: Is this the final season for “This Is Us”? Mandy Moore was interviewed this evening on “Extra.” It was mentioned that they are working on how the season or show will end. Does this mean it’s over? Please clarify. Love that show! — F.M., OAKDALE Rob: “This Is Us” has been renewed through the
Dec 13, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Picking the best series in an era of about 500 scripted series proves extremely difficult, not just because there’s a lot of quality television but, seriously, how does any critic have time to watch it all? Short answer: No one person does. Even when a TV critic today watches some of a series for the purposes of writing a review, there’s often not time to return to the show because more new programs come along that need to be watched. So consider this a list of favorites from 2018 seen in
Dec 06, 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: Is Hetty (Linda Hunt) ever coming back to “NCIS: Los Angeles”? Sure hope so. — DEBRA, MONOGAHELA Rob: Ms. Hunt was injured in a car accident in July. That is what has kept Hettie away from “NCIS: Los Angeles.” “I first want to say how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ fans follo
Dec 06, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The title of National Geographic Channel’s climate change documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” (9 p.m. Wednesday) was inspired by President Donald Trump’s June 2017 announcement that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, saying, “I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Narrated by Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), “Paris to Pittsburgh” is bookended by scenes filmed in Pittsburgh in April. The film begins with the Trump quote and then cuts to
Nov 29, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Get critical acclaim (and a Golden Globe and an Emmy, among other awards), and you get more of that abundant Amazon money to make your show. That formula works well for Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which debuts its second season on the streaming service Dec. 5. Through its first five episodes, the series remains as delightful as ever. Set mostly in 1950s Manhattan, the show decamps for Paris — with scenes shot in Paris, thanks to that generous Amazon budget — as stand-up c
Nov 27, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ABC has ordered production of a pilot episode for a Pittsburgh-set comedy series from “Modern Family” writers Jon Pollack and Abraham Higginbotham . Mr. Higginbotham grew up in Washington, Pa., and is a 1988 graduate of Trinity High School. The proposed single-camera comedy, “Happy Accident,” revolves around two Pittsburgh families: One is a father with three adult daughters; the other is a hotel lounge singer and her med student son. The two families are forced together after a decades-old s
Nov 22, 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 does the weather forecast on WPXI/WPGH 10 o’clock newscasts keep moving around? First it was at 10:15. Then they ran a very brief weather report 10 minutes in, and then the full forecast after 10:30. Now the full forecast is earlier again. — MIKE VIA EMAIL Rob: “We actually do more weather now,” explained WPXI-TV ne
Oct 29, 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: When major local breaking news happens on Saturday and/or Sunday, do WTAE, WPXI, and KDKA have a contingency plan in place to get their primary weekday evening anchors — who have gained the experience over the years to handle breaking news — to the station in order for them to anchor their coverage and/or to get them on-site wh
Nov 21, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Back when Netflix started offering original scripted series in 2012 with “Lilyhammer,” followed a few months later by “House of Cards,” the DVD outfit-turned-streaming service clearly was following the playbook of HBO and FX — putting together what its executives hoped would be prestige dramas that could make the service a part of the pop culture conversation. That gambit worked to the point that Netflix now has become more of a streaming version of a broadcast network
Nov 15, 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: I noticed a couple of mistakes in the first episode of “This Is Us” this season. The story opens on the day of Franco Harris’ “immaculate reception.” As the story goes on, several people ask Jack if he watched the game. The problem is that the game was blacked out in Pittsburgh. It was a warm day and I remember washing my car w
Dec 12, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
WE tv’s “Extreme Love” (10 p.m. Dec. 28) explores “unusual real-life relationships,” and the debut episode promises a Pittsburgh connection. Here’s how the network describes a couple featured in the first episode, “Kyle & Marg,” from Pittsburgh: “Everyone has a type, and grandmas just happen to be Kyle’s. Although he is deeply in love with Marg, his 91-year-old girlfriend, Kyle, 31, is not a one-woman man. Enter the competition: Annie, a 68-year-old side piece. As long as Kyle is around, no on
Nov 15, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Writer Ricky Blitt’s love of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets a workout in Tuesday’s episode of “Loudermilk” (10 p.m.), a comedy created by Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”) that airs on DirecTV’s Audience Network (Channel 239). Mr. Blitt previously put his self-described “obsessive love” for the Penguins on display in the short-lived 2010 Alyssa Milano ABC sitcom “Romantically Challenged” about a divorced Pittsburgh lawyer and her friends. “Loudermilk” stars Ron Livingston as a recovering alcohol
Nov 16, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Although “Instant Family” takes more than an instant to rev up the funny, the film crescendos well, ultimately maximizing the humor, reality and drama that are all present in real-world foster parenting scenarios. As a foster parent-turned-adoptive parent twice over, I find the film rings true. Married 30-somethings Ellie (Rose Byrne, “Bridesmaids”) and Pete (Mark Wahlberg, “Daddy’s Home”) decide to start a family and begin taking foster parent training classes with an expectation that they’
Nov 08, 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 did Ross Guidotti feel the need to do his live report on President Trump’s visit to Tree of Life in late October with a cell phone attached to his ear? — JAMES VIA EMAIL Rob: Reporters in the field hear questions from anchors in the studio via a small, hearing aid-like device worn in the ear called an IFB. Mr. Guidot
Nov 15, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Go ahead and engrave an Emmy with Patricia Arquette’s name: Her ability to disappear into the character of Tilly Mitchell in the partially filmed-in-Pittsburgh Showtime drama “Escape at Dannemora” (10 p.m. Sunday) is easily the most awards-worthy performance of the year. Ms. Arquette, the star of the late prime-time drama “Medium,” is virtually unrecognizable as she shucks all vanity to play a mousy, desperate-for-attention prison employee. TV shows most often rise or f
Oct 11, 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: Where is Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch” filmed? The most recent season portrayed the actors in winter coats and no foliage on the trees. The high school seniors on the show keep talking about the upcoming prom and graduation. The dialogue does not correlate to the scenery. Is Middleton a fictitious eas
Nov 14, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Season eight of the British import “Doc Martin,” first available in the U.S. in September 2017 on streaming service Acorn.TV, finally rolls out to PBS stations with Pittsburgh’s WQED-TV airing the series at 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Episodes will repeat at 6:30 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 13. “Doc Martin” stars Martin Clunes as an uptight doctor serving the seaside town of Cornwall. Season eight is comprised of eight episodes. More ‘Star’ series Upcoming Disney streaming serv
Nov 01, 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: When the world news at 6:30 p.m. goes past 6:59 p.m., and the lottery drawing should be at 7 p.m., they do not show the drawing and go right into the regular programming. And they do this all the time. After the city news and before they go into the world news they always say, “Stay tuned for the 7 p.m. lottery drawings on WPXI
Nov 08, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
National Geographic Channel’s hybrid drama/docuseries “Mars” returns (9 p.m. Monday) with a greater emphasis on the drama side of the equation. Season one was about getting to Mars; season two picks up five years later and looks at a Mars with several hundred settlers, including a private enterprise that’s joined the government-sponsored colonization. The six-episode second season also proves soapier with a pregnancy, breakups and death looming. “It was really not so much amping up the soa
Oct 04, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Step right up, PBS’s “American Experience” explores the history of “The Circus” (9-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, WQED-TV) in a two-part, four-hour program. It begins in 1793, a time when the world was so much smaller than today, when seeing exotic animals was a rarity or even unprecedented, not something you could call up on YouTube in a few keystrokes. Forgoing the feel-good vibe of “The Greatest Showman,” “The Circus” tells the true story of the early days of circus, in
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