TV & Radio

 ABC's "Forever" stars Judd Hirsch as Abe, Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan and Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez.

TV reviews: 3 debuts show mixed results

The new TV season begins with a trio of mixed-bag series debuting tonight: “Gotham” on Fox, “Scorpion” on CBS and “Forever” on ABC.

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 Viola Davis stars in another Shonda Rhimes-created series for ABC, "How to Get Away With Murder."

ABC leads the way in more TV diversity

Broadcast networks, especially ABC, get more multicultural this fall with ethnically diverse casts in new TV series.

1 day ago

 Cos­tumes in­clud­ing Lady Edith’s wed­ding dress are on ex­hibit in "Costumes of Downton Abbey" at Winterthur through Jan. 4.

Forty costumes worn by 'Downton Abbey' cast on exhibit at Winterthur, the former du Pont estate

Lady Mary’s beaded spider web gown, Lady Sybil’s harem pants and Lady Edith’s wedding gown are included in a “Downton Abbey” exhibit.

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 Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard and Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson are among the assets of FX's "Fargo."

TV Q&A: Fargo is a real city, a made-up story

Questions answered about “Fargo,” “Paranormal Witness,” “The Talk” and TV show ratings.

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Design talks on tap at Winterthur

New fall lectures on the “Downton Abbey” exhibit are offered at Winterthur.

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 Savini program graduate Keaghlan Ashley with her "snake soldier" on "Face Off."

Reality check: Snakes trip up 'Face Off" contestant

Savini Special Make-Up Effects program graduate Keaghlan Ashley goes home on Syfy’s “Face Off.”

2 days ago

WTAE, KDKA lead local stations at Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards ceremony

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia led the way with 11 awards, followed by Harrisburg ABC affiliate WHTM-TV (9) at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy

1 day ago

 Zeljko Ivanek as White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson butts heads with Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in CBS's "Madam Secretary."

Tuned In: 'Madam Secretary' shows room for improvement

CBS debuts a “Good Wife” companion series, the likable but unrealistic “Madam Secretary”; Pittsburgh moves up in Nielsen market rank.

3 days ago

 Makenzie Vega stars in "The Assault."

Preview: Lifetime movie draws plot from Steubenville rape case

The 2012 high school rape of a teen in Steubenville inspires a new Lifetime movie, "The Assault."

4 days ago

 Jim Krenn.

Former longtime WDVE host Jim Krenn returns to radio for weekly KDKA morning gig

Mr. Krenn, last heard on local airwaves in December 2011, joins the KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway from 8 to 9 a.m.

4 days ago

TV review: 'Mysteries of Laura' a bland dramedy

The lightweight “Mysteries of Laura” may prove enjoyable to some, but not true mystery lovers.

5 days ago

 Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson in "Red Band Society."

TV review: Fox's 'Red Band Box' lacks edginess

Fox takes a page from “The Fault in Our Stars” for a teen drama about patients in a hospital pediatric ward.

5 days ago

Spaghetti Breakfast Friday

Pasta for breakfast? Time for the annual Spaghetti Breakfast, Friday at Heinz Hall Garden Plaza

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 PBS's "Sesame Street" premiered its 45th anniversary season Monday.

'Sesame Street' turns 45, expands

This season PBS’s stalwart “Sesame Street” is brought to you by the numbers 4 and 5 as it celebrates its 45th year on the air.

6 days ago

  In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, talk show host Joan Rivers, right, talks with guest, first lady Nancy Reagan, during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," on Fox TV. There has been no progress in adding women or minorities to the ranks of late-night network talk shows since Rivers held the job on Fox 30 years ago.

Men only: Kathy Griffin's guide to late-night TV

Nearly three decades after Joan. Rivers’ brief run on Fox, the late-night network landscape remains entirely male.

1 week ago

TV Q&A: Station defends coverage in weather emergencies

Questions answered about severe weather cut-ins, the whereabouts of a WTAE personality and the timing of the “Deadliest Catch” aftershow.

1 week ago

Fall TV preview: When do your TV favorites return?

Wonder when your TV favorites will be back? Here are their return dates:

1 week ago

 Viola Davis in "How to Get Away With Murder."

TV fall season's best and worst bets

There’s nothing new this fall that’s as egregious as last fall’s Fox clunker, “Dads.”

1 week ago

 Tea Leoni stars as a U.S. secretary of state in "Madam Secretary," premiering on CBS.

Fall preview: The new TV season reveals small gems among mediocre fare

A few worthwhile shows and a greater emphasis on diversity make the start of the 2014-15 TV season better than past fall seasons.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh radio legend and WJAS-AM morning host Jack Bogut in the WJAS-AM studios in Green Tree in 2000. Many listeners last month were dismayed when WJAS 1320-AM ditched its long-standing format featuring standard music and a warm talk-host lineup, including local icons Mr. Bogut and Bill Cardille.

Format change at WJAS-AM leaves longtime listeners bereft

Once the radio home of standards and gentle hosts, WJAS has been turned into syndicated conservative talk, leaving loyal listeners livid.

1 week ago

  Leechburg's Chet Welch stars in the debut of Great American Country's new series 'Farm Queens.'

Reality Check: Raising beauty queens down on the farm

They’re raising cattle and “Farm Queens” in Leechburg.

1 week ago

Cecily Strong out as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor on 'SNL,' replaced by Michael Che

Michael Che has replaced Cecily Strong as “Weekend Update” co-anchor on “Saturday Night Live.”

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 Theodore Roosevelt waves to the crowd.

Tuned In: Complex PBS documentary reveals Roosevelt family

PBS mainstay Ken Burns returns with his latest opus, the 14-hour series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

1 week ago

 "Sports Jeopardy!" lets users test their sports knowledge.

Cybertainment: 'Sports Jeopardy,' Garth Brooks on the Web

“Sports Jeopardy!” debuts on Crackle while Garth Brooks launches an online music store called GhostTunes.

1 week ago

 Tom Everett Scott stars in "Z Nation."

TV review: 'Z Nation' is welcome addition to apocalypse

The walking dead move faster in Syfy's low-budget, entertaining zombie show -- "Z Nation."

1 week ago

 Judge Judy Sheindlin.

Judge Judy offering book for free

Judge Judy Sheindlin, the highest paid person on TV, is offering her new book, “What Would Judy Say,”  for free to anyone who wants it.

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 Peters Township 'mystifier' Mike Super surprises 'America's Got Talent' judge Mel B. during his appearance on the show in August.

'America’s Got Talent’ has Peters Township’s Mike Super bucking the odds

The “mystifier” appears on tonight’s live performance final — and he has 90 seconds to make his magic happen.

1 week ago

HBO renews ‘Newsroom’ for final season

Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at

2 weeks ago

The Game Guy: ‘NHL15’ to have superfans, but no team play

The latest version of EA Sports’ NHL game focuses on graphics but hasn’t perfected modes for new consoles.

2 weeks ago

 Attending "The Chair" premiere at SouthSide Works on Thursday were, from left, producer Chris Moore, director Anna Martemucci, Steeltown Entertainment Project CEO Carl Kurlander and director Shane Dawson.

Reality check: 'The Chair' gets a glitzy premiere at SouthSide Works

Pittsburgh rolled out the red carpet last Thursday night for a premiere of the new Starz docu-series, "The Chair."

2 weeks ago

Herzog to do 'Parks and Recreation' cameo

Mr. Herzog shared the news during a Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday evening, according to Flavorwire.

2 weeks ago

 Steve Harvey, host of the "The Steve Harvey Show."

Tuned In: Meredith Vieira's show among the most notable addition to TV schedules rife with changes

Meredith Vieira joins a crowded daytime syndication lineup, which also sees an upgrade for "Steve Harvey" in Pittsburgh on WTAE.

2 weeks ago

Preview: Fox takes the road to 'Utopia' in new reality show

Fox attempts to launch a new reality series in the fall, a season networks generally avoid reality TV experimentation.

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 "Pittsburgh brides Micah Graham, left, Tyler Dikeman, Angi Moser and Brie Berkopec will be featured on this Friday's TLC reality series, "Four Weddings."

TV preview: TLC show focuses on Pittsburgh area weddings

Here come the brides! Pittsburgh is the focus of this week’s TLC reality program, “Four Weddings.”

2 weeks ago

 Joe Mantello,left, and Mark Ruffalo in "The Normal Heart." The HBO movie won an Emmy last week for outstanding television movie. Producer Scott Ferguson, a Bethel Park High graduate, was part of the team that accepted the Emmy.

'The Normal Heart' another winning beat for producer from Pittsburgh

Emmy-winning HBO movie is another winner for Bethel Park native Scott Ferguson.

2 weeks ago

 Mr. Burns recalls a romance with a beautiful Parisian woman in the all-new "Four Regrettings and a Funeral."

Today's Springfield moment ... 'Four Regrettings and a Funeral'

Oh Edna, we hardly knew ye. And so, “The Simpsons” marathon draws to a close today on FXX.

3 weeks ago

 Adrien Brody stars as Harry Houdini in History's two-part miniseries.

TV Review: Houdini miniseries explores reality of magician

Houdini’s greatest trick might have been staying in the public eye all these years, says city native and illusionist Michael Grandinetti.

3 weeks ago

 Chelsea Handler.

TV Q&A: 'White Collar' renewed for likely its final season

Questions answered about “White Collar,” TV Land programming and ads in nightly national newscasts.

3 weeks ago

 Chris Moore, executive producer and creator of "The Chair," with Carl Kurlander of Steeltown Entertainment.

Moviemaking reality competition 'The Chair' pits two first-time directors

Filmed-in-Pittsburgh reality competition chronicles two first-time directors making movies in Pittsburgh, Shane Dawson and  Anna Martemucci.

3 weeks ago

 Anna Martemucci directed "Hollidaysburg."

TV Review: Starz's 'The Chair,' shot in Pittsburgh, is glossy and soapy

Pittsburgh looks great in “The Chair,” a “Project Greenlight”-like moviemaking show that’s more soap opera than reality competition.

3 weeks ago

 Ricki Wertz lip-synching "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" outside the WENS studios.

The Next Page: The behind-the-camera love story of Pittsburgh TV pioneers Tom Borden and Ricki Wertz

“We fell in love at Channel 16,” recalled Ricki Wertz.  “Several of the WENS staff members got married, including Tom and I.”

3 weeks ago

  Armie Hammer guest voices as twin oarsmen in the all-new "The D'oh-cial Network" episode.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'The D'oh-cial Network'

“SpringFace” is no Facebook but at least Lisa Simpson has friends

3 weeks ago

 "Mystifier" Mike Super from Peters preparing to think outside the box last week on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Reality Check: 'Mystifier' from Peters stages amazing tricks to stay alive

And for his next trick: Pittsburgh’s Mike Super to compete in “America’s Got Talent” finals.

3 weeks ago

 From "The Simpsons" episode "MoneyBART."

Today's Springfield Moment ...

That opening credits couch gag from Banksy — as Homer would say “When did THAT happen?”

3 weeks ago

 Jim Quinn signs a book for fans while Rose Tennent talks to them at the Geno Levi Salon in December in Peters.

Quinn and Tennent say they rejected offer to host WJAS

Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent posted on Twitter that they declined an offer to join WJAS-AM.

3 weeks ago

 "Tyrant" stars, from left, Ashraf Barhom, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnegan, Anne Winters and Noah Silver.

Tuned In: High-class problem: too much good TV

With the quality shows on the air, some consider this the golden age of TV; ABC plans a “Frozen” special; “The Chief” debuts on WPXI.

3 weeks ago

 Homer Simpson.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'The Simpsons Movie'

“Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig!” Turns out, the “Simpsons Movie” is even better than “Under the Dome.”

3 weeks ago

 Margaret Colin, Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert starred in the short-lived CBS drama "Now and Again," now out on DVD.

Beloved CBS drama 'Now and Again' finally surfaces on DVD

Critical hit comes with a decent collection of bonus features.

3 weeks ago

 "The Sopranos, from left, Edie Falco, as Carmela; James Gandolfini as Tony; Robert Iler as A.J. and Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow.

David Chase: Tony Soprano lived

"Sopranos" creator David Chase tells Vox that the HBO mobster survived.

3 weeks ago

 Lisa with Snowball.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'Future-Drama'

"The Simpsons" takes another gaze into the crystal ball with "Future-Drama."

3 weeks ago



PG Blogs:

Community Voices:
  • Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

  • Podcasts:
  • "Z Nation"/"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"/"Boardwalk Empire"


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