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Apr 18, 2019 / 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: Following a discussion I’ve been having over reviews of “The Orville,” I had a quick question about how many episodes Fox released for review when it premiered. My impression of the show was its worst episodes of the first season were its first two or three episodes, but the show improved over time. Many critic reviews publishe
Apr 18, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Mystery fans who embraced “The Artful Detective” on cable’s Ovation channel could easily miss the return of the series this weekend because the show’s title has been changed — again. The Canadian import has long been known as “Murdoch Mysteries” in its homeland and around the world. But when Ovation bought the show to air in the U.S. in 2014, the channel retitled it “The Artful Detective” to better fit the network’s arts programming brand. In 2016, executive producer Chris
Apr 11, 2019 / 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: My sister and I were wondering if “Fargo” is ever coming back? — PEG VIA EMAIL Rob: Producer Noah Hawley has concocted another season for FX, but it won’t film until late 2019 and air in 2020. Chris Rock will star in this new version in a story set in 1950 Kansas City. Q: I have been watching
Apr 11, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — While munching on your bag of “Game of Thrones”-themed Oreos waiting for the show’s final season to begin Sunday, consider this: The “GOT” cast often played guessing games about which characters might survive. “It’s so unpredictable,” said actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, who serves as de facto hand of the king to the King of the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). “We used to speculate through the seasons: ‘Who do you think it’s gonna be? [Who dies or wind
Apr 04, 2019 / 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: After the failed reboot of the series, will the “24” franchise ever return to TV again? — ROBERT, EXPORT Rob: Possibly. Fox is developing several different new variants of “24,” though none involves original series star Kiefer Sutherland as a cast member. In August, Fox executives said two di
Apr 10, 2019 / By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the man who was shot and killed last week when he allegedly tried to rob a 73-year-old jitney driver in Duquesne. Vernon Lee Owens III, 33, of McKeesport, and another person were riding in a jitney on the afternoon of April 3 when he pulled a gun and hit the 73-year-old driver in the head, police said. Owens and the driver exited the vehicle about 3:50 p.m. on Poplar Street; the other passenger ran from the vehicle. The drive
Apr 04, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FX’s latest biographical limited series set in showbiz’s past, the story of choreographer Bob Fosse and his actress/dancer wife Gwen Verdon, isn’t as fun or juicy as FX’s “Feud,” which chronicled the relationship of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. “Fosse/Verdon” (10 p.m. Tuesday) proves to be a darker, more sorrowful meditation on the personal and professional lives of artists, but the eight-episode series benefits from Broadway tunes and re-created dance numbers from the pair’s many successful
Mar 28, 2019 / 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 Judge Judy retiring? If so, when is the last scheduled show? — RONALDO, WASHINGTON Rob: Not anytime soon. In November, Judy Scheindlin, the 76-year-old star of “Judge Judy” for 23 seasons and counting, shot down rumors she planned to retire, saying she still has 2½ years on her contract.
Mar 29, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Following last week’s news of the drama series “Manhunt” filming its second season in Pittsburgh, this week a second Netflix series, after the streamer’s “Mindhunter,” has begun hiring crew for an expected summer shoot. “I Am Not Okay With This,” which Netflix ordered to series in December, will film its eight-episode first season in Western Pennsylvania. The coming-of-age series is from “Stranger Things” director Shawn Levy, who will executive produce the series, and British director Jona
Mar 28, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. – PBS’s latest “Masterpiece” production, “Mrs. Wilson” (9 p.m. Sunday and April 7, WQED-TV) tells an incredible story of secrets and loss (and more secrets and more loss) that ultimately proves, in its final moments, to be life-affirming, especially for those who are open to a broad definition of family. Actress Ruth Wilson (“Luther,” “The Affair”) stars in the title role, playing her actual grandmother, Alison. When Alison’s husband Alec (Iain Glen, “Game of Thrones,” “Downto
Mar 21, 2019 / 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 are the majority of local meteorologists drama queens when it comes to giving weather forecasts? It is one thing to warn viewers of potentially bad weather, but it is another thing to scare them needlessly. — RON, GREENSBURG Rob: One person’s “drama queen” is another’s “providing a public service warning” about pote
Mar 26, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — If the entertainment landscape and its myriad choices on multiple platforms seems overwhelming now, steel yourself for the coming “streaming wars.” On Monday Apple entered the fray of a marketplace that will only get more crowded as additional streaming services from Disney, WarnerMedia (HBO, TNT, TBS) and NBCUniversal come online over the next year. Known in industry parlance as SVODs — subscription video on demand services — these newcomers will join already established pl
Mar 26, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PBS renewed its live-action children’s series “Odd Squad,” from Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Productions, for a 20-episode third season that includes a creative reboot and new characters. “Odd Squad,” which premiered in 2014, is a rare live-action children’s show – most are animated, especially on PBS – that uses a math-based curriculum as it depicts pint-sized agents who use math skills as well as deductive and logical thinking to solve odd problems. In season three, rather than being based
Mar 21, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” (10 p.m. Wednesday) is unlike any other comedy on TV, and yet it’s also easy to describe: Imagine “The Office” in comedic tone but set in a house full of vampires. Inspired by and sharing the vibe of the 2014 New Zealand movie of the same name, “WWDITS” on FX features the same theme song (1966’s “You’re Dead” by Norma Tanega) but new characters and a new setting. The film’s creators, Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) and Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnar
Mar 20, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A TV series that once planned to film in Pittsburgh and then went to Atlanta for its first season is set to film its second season in Pittsburgh. But it may be some time before Pittsburghers get a chance to see it. Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer confirmed on Wednesday that “Manhunt” opened a production office in town this week. In July 2016, Discovery Channel announced plans to shoot the first season of “Manifesto,” an FBI profiler drama, in Pittsburgh. However, Lionsgate Tele
Mar 18, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ABC’s “The Fix” (10 p.m. Monday, WTAE-TV) gives executive producer Marcia Clark of O.J. Simpson trial fame an opportunity for fictional revenge. She executive produces and writes “The Fix” alongside TV vets Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (”Women’s Murder Club”). More soapy whodunit — or maybe whydunit — than legal drama, “The Fix” sometimes suffers from too on-the-nose dialogue, but it seems on target when Ms. Clark’s fictional stand-in, Maya Travis (Robin Tunney, “The Mentalist”), gets to say
Mar 07, 2019 / 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 thought HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords” was to begin its second season on Jan. 15, 2019. I haven’t found this to be the case. Do you have any information as to when season two will begin? — KAREN VIA EMAIL Rob: “Restored by the Fords” was due back in January but got shifted to March 19. Q: By chance was that Ann-Mar
Mar 14, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With “This Is Us” beginning to wind down its third season (its season finale airs April 2), NBC introduces another feel-good drama, as it did last year with the disappointing “Rise.” It’s another effort to woo viewers who are already watching the network Tuesday nights. “The Village” (10 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI-TV) is certainly better and more ambitious than “Rise,” but it’s no “This Is Us.” Often, “This Is Us” comes by its emotional moments believably and naturally. For its lack of subtlety, “The
Mar 11, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. – It has been almost three years since “The Good Wife” ended and with it the story of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). But the upcoming third season of the spinoff series “The Good Fight” (streaming Thursday on CBS All Access) almost brought Alicia back. “This year we were thinking, ‘OK, maybe we’ll make a big episode of it. Maybe she’ll be at the resistance [meeting] and Diane and her have to face each other,’” said Robert King, showrunner of the “Good Fight” with wife M
Feb 28, 2019 / 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
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