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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
Oct 15, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The bottom line on ABC’s “The Conners” — aka “Roseanne” without Roseanne Barr — is that viewers who enjoyed the revival last spring are likely to be satisfied with this new iteration. Just as “Valerie” continued on NBC for four seasons in the late 1980s after its namesake star, Valerie Harper, was fired following a salary dispute — producers killed off Ms. Harper’s Valerie Hogan and renamed the show “Valerie’s Family” (and later “The Hogan Family”) with Sandy Duncan joining the cast as a new m
Oct 13, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This year’s enthusiastic public response to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of PBS’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” prompted Fred Rogers Productions to create a new website — misterrogers.org — dedicated to the series. Brimming with content, the website, which had a soft launch late last month, includes clips from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” sections dedicated to the show’s human and puppet cast, to the sets, to the show’s messages, music, special guests, and locations. “A lot of t
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
Oct 10, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Perhaps the most anticipated of this weekend’s many premieres, “The Romanoffs,” streaming Friday on Amazon, marks the first big TV project for writer Matthew Weiner since “Mad Men” ended in 2015. But viewers may do best to approach this project as a series of loosely related movies; it’s not a traditional TV series with multiple characters that carry over week to week. And as with movies, the quality varies. (Each of the first three installments clocks in at almost 90 minutes; episodes two and
Oct 10, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We need another superhero TV series like a hole in the head, right? And yet, “Titans,” streaming Friday on the new DC Universe subscription service (www.dcuniverse.com , $7.99 per month) and already renewed for a second season, proves itself an addictive serial through the first three episodes (of 10) made available for review. The series is from executive producer Greg Berlanti, who knows how to put a superhero series together from his time on all his shows on The CW (“The Flash,” “Arrow,” et
Oct 04, 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: Did Ron Smiley, the KDKA Channel 2 weatherman, lose weight? — R.M. VIA EMAIL Rob: Yes, he did. “First off, thanks to all the KDKA viewers and your subscribers who have reached out to ask if I’ve lost weight,” Mr. Smiley said in a response to these queries. “Through today, I’ve lost right arou
Sep 27, 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: Did I just hear a Benedict Cumberbatch voice-over on a UPMC ad? — AMY VIA FACEBOOK Rob: I listened and re-listened to the ad and it didn’t sound exactly like Cumberbatch to me, but turns out Amy is correct. A UPMC publicist confirmed it is indeed the erstwhile Sherlock voicing that TV commercial. Q: Has “The Chew” per
Sep 27, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nostalgia seems to be what drives viewers to TV comedies these days; new series with original concepts just don’t generate the same interest. Of course, the more networks churn out reboots, the more that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Last year, “Will & Grace” was a hit for NBC and the return of “Roseanne” was an even bigger hit for ABC. Thursday night it was CBS’s turn with the first new episode of “Murphy Brown” in 20 years. Nostalgia-wise, Fox’s “The Cool Kids” (8:30 p.m. Friday, WPG
Sep 20, 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 can we find “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” this season? Last season, it was on WPCW at 4 and 4:30 p.m., but there is a different show on in that time slot this time around. — MIKE, BEAVER Rob: Last week the listings at TVGuide.com suggested “Millionaire” would be back Sept. 17, but it t
Sep 25, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s wonderful to see old friends after they’ve been away for years, but sometimes these get-togethers illustrate that you can’t rekindle the fire of friendship in quite the same way. That’s the vibe one gets from CBS’s revival of “Murphy Brown” (9:30 p.m. Thursday, KDKA-TV). It’s not terrible and occasionally soars, but too often the show’s early ’90s sitcom rhythms make it feel like such a throwback. NBC’s “Will & Grace” premiered the year “Murphy Brown” ended its initial run, which may be
Sep 06, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In 2017 he commissioned an aquarium on Animal Planet’s “Tanked.” Now Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown guests on Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” (8 p.m. Friday), tasking the show’s builders with creating a skybox that overlooks a custom basketball court and football field in his Pine backyard. This is no simple treehouse but a luxury creation complete with a two-story window wall, loft and hidden private bathroom. The “Treehouse Masters” team works with local contractors to provide st
Sep 24, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Veteran Pittsburgh broadcasters Sally Wiggin, Harold Hayes, Andy Gastmeyer and Lynn Cullen will discuss their careers and share stories from their professional experiences at Pittsburgh Broadcast Legends and Storytellers, an event sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Pittsburgh Pro Chapter and co-sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. The Oct. 6 event will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 548 of College Hall at Duquesne University, 1100 Locust St. The cost is $15, w
Sep 21, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s a beautiful day — to be a Google Doodle. Fred Rogers is feted on the Google homepage with a Google Doodle, a stop-motion animated video celebrating the 51st anniversary of filming the first national episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in Pittsburgh on Sept. 21, 1967. Set to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the video doodle features a trip through the Neighborhood that was created in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Center, Fred Rogers Productions and BixPix Entertainment. The
Sep 20, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When NBC’s partially Pittsburgh-set “This Is Us” (9 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI-TV) returns next week, viewers in Pittsburgh will get a shoutout of some sort. “We have a really cool one,” said executive producer Isaac Aptaker in a phone interview last week. “To say anymore would give it away and the surprise is part of the fun of watching. Everyone in Pittsburgh should keep their eyes peeled and watch. There’s a very special shoutout to the city that will resonate with fans righ
Sep 20, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The 2018-19 TV season begins this week with a slew of new shows premiering and returning favorites back with new episodes. What trends can viewers expects for the 2018-19 TV season? Familiar titles, more comedy and greater diversity in casting, most notably on CBS. Revival/reboot mania continues Some viewers like to bemoan the lack of original ideas in Hollywood, but not all reboots or revivals are created equal. Some are great (Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” red
Sep 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: I never saw reason given for cancellation for “Designated Survivor.” — LEE VIA EMAIL Rob: Network executives rarely offer an exact reason for a show’s cancellation, but more often than not it comes down to financial reasons. In the case of “Designated Survivor,” ABC Entertainment president Ch
Sep 13, 2018 / By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The hit political podcast “Pod Save America,” coming to HBO this fall in a series of four hourlong specials filmed in cities across the country, won't make it to Pittsburgh after all. In July, unabashed Democrat hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor touted geographic diversity as a reason for filming in Western Pennsylvania. But an HBO publicist said a Pittsburgh venue didn’t work out. So, the show is going to Philadelphia instead. Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen at
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
Sep 06, 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: A few months ago I read that Valerie Smock was leaving Channel 11 to spend more time with her family. In early May I was traveling in North Central, Pa., and was watching the morning news station (WNEP in Scranton) when they did the morning weather she was the meteorologist. So inquiring minds want to k
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