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Feb 21, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s been almost two years since the procedural drama series “Gone” filmed its first and only season in Pittsburgh and more than a year since those episodes aired to pretty good ratings in Europe. “Gone” finally debuts domestically at 9 p.m. Wednesday on cable’s WGN America. What happened? As with many deals in TV today, it’s complicated. The 12-episode “Gone” starring Chris Noth (“The Good Wife”) was an international co-production among NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL an
Feb 18, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Please use TUNED IN col sig PASADENA, Calif. — Some viewers may disdain reboots as evidence of Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy — except when it’s one of their favorites that gets revisited, of course. This year likely will be a watershed year for pop culture reboots and reunions, including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Pet Sematary,” “Shaft” and “Downton Abbey” at the movies and “Veronica Mars,” “Twilight Zone,” “Party of Five” and “Deadwood” on TV. ‘Downton Abbey’ movie Actress Laura C
Feb 14, 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: There seems to be an exceptionally large number of changes at the Pittsburgh news desks lately — especially at Channel 2 and Channel 4 — is there any explanation for these comings and goings at this time? — TOM, VIA EMAIL Rob: Everything is cyclical. WPXI-TV and KDKA-TV had stable leadership in
Feb 15, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — It’s a busy week for NBC’s “Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his devotion to Pittsburgh, which shows up in the third season premiere of IFC’s “Documentary Now” and on PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.” Mr. Meyers, whose father grew up on Heberton Street near Dilworth Traditional Academy in East Liberty, wrote the two-part “Documentary Now” (11 p.m. Wednesday) season premiere, “Batsh*t Valley,” which follows a Pacific Northwest cult that turns out not to be what it seems. Mr. Meye
Feb 13, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — As much as it’s a relationship-focused family drama, the partially Pittsburgh-set “This Is Us” also keeps viewers tuning in with mystery. How did Jack die? Will Kate have a baby? Why is Beth running a dance studio in flash-forwards to the future? That last question, at least, gets addressed in next week’s episode (9 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI-TV), a Beth-centric hour that should put star Susan Kelechi Watson in the running for an Emmy Award, an honor she’s fully earned since
Feb 13, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Actor Ian McShane, now starring in another cult series, Starz’s “American Gods” (8 p.m. March 10), revisited his previous show with a cult following when he filmed HBO’s “Deadwood” follow-up film late last year. “It’s fantastic but surreal, out-of-body,” Mr. McShane said following a Starz press conference at the Television Critics Association winter 2019 press tour. “It was like going back 15 years with the people you’ve loved and worked with. … The first day I walked onto t
Feb 13, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Content on Discovery Networks — now including channels Travel, Food Network and HGTV — runs the gamut, from the new “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery to an upcoming TLC series that brings back Kate Gosselin. Ms. Gosselin, who rose to prominence on the 2007-09 TLC series “Jon & Kate Plus 8” before she and Jon got divorced and the show became “Kate Plus 8” (2010-17), is back on the network in “Kate Plus Date,” debuting in June. TLC says after being sing
Feb 13, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Remember Bill Hader’s Stefon character from “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live”? It’s easy to imagine Stefon describing Fox’s new legal drama: “‘Proven Innocent’ has everything: heavy-handed exposition, plot holes galore, a hip-for-today true-crime podcast, Kelsey Grammer as a mustache-twirling state’s attorney without a mustache, and a bearded Vincent Kartheiser wielding a sword!” Premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on WPGH-TV, “Proven Innocent” takes an everything-but-the-ki
Feb 12, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — The Joseph Heller satirical novel “Catch-22” has been adapted previously, most notably the 1970 Mike Nichols film, and actor/director George Clooney said he initially rejected the idea of acting in and directing a remake. “Mike and I were friends and … [remaking it] seemed ridiculous; it’s a beloved novel,” Mr. Clooney said. But the scripts by Luke Davies and David Michod convinced him and producing partner Grant Heslov to get on board. “[In a television series] you get
Feb 11, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Abby Lee Miller, star of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” is back in Pittsburgh filming an eighth season of “Dance Moms” at her dance studio. Now titled “Dance Moms: Resurrection,” the show premieres at 8 p.m. June 4 on Lifetime with an hour devoted to Ms. Miller’s physical and emotional struggles while undergoing chemotherapy and learning to use her legs again. Ms. Miller was sentenced to prison in May 2017 for a year and a day for hiding $775,500 worth of income and bringin
Feb 11, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Green Tree native Zachary Quinto broke into the limelight playing the villainous Sylar on NBC’s “Heroes,” but for AMC’s summer horror drama “NOS4A2,” based on the Joe Hill novel, his latest bad guy character required a more substantial physical transformation. Mr. Quinto underwent four hours of makeup to become 135-year-old Charlie Manx, a vampire-like being who feeds off the souls of children rather than their blood. “I had been looking for a project and a character that
Feb 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 typically watch WTAE news and am shocked by the slang used by their newscasters as in “the thieves entered through the busted window.” My high school English teachers must have made an impression on me as I still cringe when I hear poor grammar used so publicly. I assume this is a conscious decision, am I correct? — ALEX,
Feb 10, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. – Whatever you’ve enjoyed on the assorted Hallmark Channels in the past, expect to get more of that feel-good programming in 2019. Saturday night at the Television Critics Association winter 2019 press tour, Hallmark executives announced a deluge of new programming, including 103 original movies for 2019, up from 87 in 2018 (61 on Hallmark Channel, 42 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries). In August subscription streaming service Hallmark Movies Now will gets its first original se
Feb 09, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Will they be bigger, littler lies? The seven-episode second season of “Big Little Lies,” coming to HBO in June (no premiere date announced), picks up the story from the end of season one, which was based on the Liane Moriarty novel. Ms. Moriarty shares a “story by” credit on season two with writer David E. Kelley. What that story is no one will say, but we know the Monterey Five — Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura
Feb 09, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — With the Mister Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” failing to secure an Oscar nomination, the odds of the gripping “Free Solo” winning at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24 have likely increased (its competition includes “RBG,” a biography of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Thriller “Free Solo,” chronicling rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope, will premiere commercial-free on National Geographic at 9 p.m. M
Feb 06, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Every time there are nominations for Hollywood awards, there are snubs, deserving entries that get overlooked. But the failure of Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” to secure an Oscar nomination last month seemed particularly egregious. After all, the film was a critical hit (98 percent favorable among critics on RottenTomatoes.com) and a popular box office hit, too (95 percent fresh among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes). The Morgan Neville-directed film rec
Feb 06, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. – ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has only been on the job for a few months but as a late ’80s college grad – and professed fan of ABC series “The Wonder Years,” “Moonlighting” and “China Beach” – she wants to get the network back to what she sees as that heyday. She’s particularly keen to woo back women, a demographic ABC ceded to NBC last season in part due to the success of “This is Us.” To that end, ABC has three female-skewing drama series debuting in the months a
Feb 06, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — Cable’s Freeform will introduce two familiar titles this year with a “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff and a reboot of the 1994-2000 Fox drama “Party of Five.” In the original “Party of Five,” a family of five siblings carried on after the deaths of their parents. In this new iteration, the parents aren’t dead; they’re deported to Mexico, leaving the five Buendias children to survive on their own. An emotional scene in the pilot at an immigration detention center shows the chi
Feb 05, 2019 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — This week Investigation Discovery’s “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” (9 p.m. Wednesday) offers a fan service episode, “Married to the Job.” Retired Colorado Springs police detective Joe Kenda — who grew up in Herminie near Irwin in Westmoreland County before attending the University of Pittsburgh — introduces his wife, Kathy, and his children, Kris and Dan, who share what life was like in the Kenda household when Kenda was on the job. The episode includes interviews with the
Jan 31, 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: How do local weather broadcasters know what the current temperature is in New Castle, Uniontown or DuBois during their weather report? Are there automated temperature monitors, government assistance, or local temperature reporting people located all around the surrounding area, or are they, as I fear, j
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