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Nasty weather boosts local TV news ratings

Brutal temperatures and snow equal toasty ratings in the latest local Nielsen sweeps period.

about 10 hours ago


 Singing "The Thrill is Gone" got two mentors' attentions for Kiski Area High student Mia Zanotti. photo credit: NBC/Tyler Golden For realitycheck0228 by Sciullo for MAG THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" Episode 802 -- Pictured: Mia Zanotti -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Reality check: Westmoreland teen wows 'Voice' judges

Westmoreland County’s Mia Zanotti takes first step toward becoming “The Voice.”

about 10 hours ago


 Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday.

Obituary: Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Mr. Nimoy tried to escape his role as Spock on ’Star Trek’  but eventually embraced it, long after the TV series ended.

about 11 hours ago


 In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater.

Leonard Nimoy, of 'Star Trek' fame, dead at 83

Mr. Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, said the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

about 22 hours ago


 Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew, left, and Josh Duhamel as Special Agent Milt Chamberlain in "Battle Creek." and Det. Russ Agnew go undercover as distillers to infiltrate Battle Creek's maple syrup cartels when a murder victim is found to have drowned in the gooey breakfast confection.

Tuned In: For the weekend, a good drama, a lousy mystery and slow start to 'House of Cards'

Reviewing CBS’s “Battle Creek,” ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” and the return of Netflix’s “House of Cards” for a busy TV weekend.

1 day ago


 BetterCallSaul.com is a hilarious complement to the AMC show.

Cybertainment: Websites offer extras on 'Better Call Saul'

The crazy world of Saul Goodman and “Better Call Saul” is online; Web video re-creates Oscar-winning films using stock film footage.

1 day ago


 Diana Ross reunites with the Supremes in a special broadcast of "Motown 25," airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on WQED-TV."

TV preview: 'Motown 25' makes its moves again on WQED

Local producer TJ Lubinsky brings an iconic special to television after a 31-year absence.

1 day ago


 Will Forte finds himself "The Last Man on Earth" after a virus appears to wipe out the rest of humanity.

TV review: 'Last Man on Earth' a standout among new sitcoms

Fox introduces an original comedy starring Will Forte that feels more like a cable cult show than a mainstream, broadcast network hit.

2 days ago


 The Showtime documentary "Kobe Bryant's Muse" will look at the 18-year NBA veteran as he tries to cement his basketball legacy.

TV preview: Kobe Bryant opens up about life, basketball

A Showtime documentary airing Saturday follows Lakers star Kobe Bryant as his career winds down.

2 days ago


 News anchors Peggy Finnegan, right, and David Johnson, background, get a weather update from chief meteorologist Stephen Cropper as they prepare for the 5 p.m. news at the WPXI station.

As 25-year news anchor team, Peggy Finnegan and David Johnson buck the trend

WPXI’s Peggy Finnegan and David Johnson credit luck and niceness to their longevity as an anchor team.

3 days ago


Keith Olbermann benched over Penn State retort

Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after a comment he made with regard to Penn Stage via Twitter.

3 days ago


 Neil Patrick Harris paid homage to the movies in his opening number.

Tuned In: Oscar broadcast's pace slows after brisk beginning

A delightful musical number launched the Oscars telecast, but too many of host Neil Patrick Harris’ jokes didn’t live up to the opening.

5 days ago


 A billboard from Albuquerque lawyer Ron Bell sits along busy Interstate 25 in Albuquerque and plays off the new AMC-TV series "Better Call Saul" with "Better Call Bell." The show, starring Bob Odenkirk as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, premiered Sunday, and city officials hope the prequel to the hit series "Breaking Bad" sparks more interest in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque hopes 'Saul' brings the tourists

'Better Call Saul' puts Albuquerque back on the map for tourists who enjoyed tours of “Breaking Bad” sites.

1 week ago


TV Q&A: WQED explains new relationship with world

Questions answered about a WTAE weekend anchor, WQED’s World Channel and “The Affair” on Showtime.

6 days ago


Emmys to feature more contenders in comedy, drama categories

The Television Academy said it was making numerous revisions to the Emmy Awards in order to reflect a changing television landscape

1 week ago


 Martha Collison of PBS' "The Great British Baking Show" failed to reach the semifinals but was a fan favorite. Photo credit Love Productions. w/ realitycheck0222

Reality check: 'British Baking Show' a sweet competition

PBS’s “The Great British Baking Show” has been one sweet ride.

1 week ago


 Jack (Jack McBrayer) tells Triumph all about his new job in "The Jack and Triumph Show." The new comedy series premieres on Adult Swim today.

Tuned In: 'Jack and Triumph' show has its moments

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog returns in a new sitcom; noon Mass is restored to WEPA-TV; “Outsiders” lands an insider.

1 week ago


 Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) reluctantly agrees to let Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon), his uptight former college roommate, move in with him after the demise of both of their marriages, on the series premiere "The Odd Couple."

TV Review: 'Odd Couple' sticks close to formula

With a few updates to make it more with the times, CBS revives “The Odd Couple” with a new cast.

1 week ago


 Former Pittsburgher Alaska 5000 brings glam to the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Tour, which plays Byham Theater Tuesday.

Preview: Drag Race Tour a homecoming for 2 queens

RuPaul’s Drag Race 2015 Battle of the Seasons Condragulations Tour rolls into the Byham on Tuesday.

1 week ago


 Chuck Lorre.

Producer Chuck Lorre shines on as 'Two and a Half Men' goes dark

Even as “Two and a Half Men” ends with speculation that Charlie Sheen may return, CBS comedy impresario Chuck Lorre’s success continues.

1 week ago


 This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Television shows, from left, Claire Dunphy, Jay Pritchett, and Phil Dunphy, in a scene from the episode, "Connection Lost," of "Modern Family."

'Modern Family' to air episode that take place only online

“Modern Family” plans something new -- airing episodes that take place online.

1 week ago


 Actress Phylicia Rashad, left, filmmaker Sam Pollard and executive producer Darryl Ford Williams discuss the life and legacy of "America's Shakespeare," August Wilson.

PBS, WQED celebrate master playwright August Wilson

From growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to writing his 10-play cycle, playwright August Wilson is profiled on “American Masters.”

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Playwright August Wilson gets star treatment in "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," a joint production between PBS's "American Masters" series and Pittsburgh's WQED Multimedia.

TV Review: 'American Masters' documentary ably captures playwright, poet

August Wilson discusses his craft in his own words in the PBS series.

1 week ago


TV Q&A: 'Bones' returns next month, 'Flip or Flop' in April

Questions answered about “Bones,” HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” “Finding Your Roots” and local TV news freelancers.

1 week ago


 Hunters should resist the temptation to shoot young deer, says Chris Keefer, left. He and brother Casey Keefer host "Dropped: Alaska" on the Sportsman Channel.

Cable hunting show hosts the Keefer Brothers' return to Pittsburgh

In Sportsman Channel's "Dropped" series, the Keefer Brothers are airlifted to remote locations armed with a compound bow and muzzleloader

1 week ago


 Todd Landree of Washington County will not be wearing the crown on TBS's "King of the Nerds."

Reality Check: Landree booted from 'King of the Nerds'

The knives were out for Washington County’s “Todd the Bod” on the TBS reality series.

2 weeks ago


 Aunjanue Ellis portrays Aminata Diallo, who is kidnapped in Africa and brought to the United States during the American Revolution as a slave in BET's "The Book of Negroes."

Tuned In: BET to debut first miniseries, 'The Book of Negroes'

Also: “The Mentalist” and “Parks and Recreation” to air series finales.

2 weeks ago


Cybertainment: 'The Casuals' a solid Web satire from Down Under

Plus:  WQED spotlights the local Italian-American community; podcast listening on the rise; iHeart Radio website a hit; PBS KIDS on YouTube.

2 weeks ago


 Anthony Starr plays the lead in Cinemax's "Banshee."

Cinemax's 'Banshee' will move production to Pittsburgh for season 4

“Banshee” joins WGN America’s “Outsiders” as prime-time TV series set to film in the region in 2015.

2 weeks ago


 From left, Mackenzie Leigh as Connie and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector in "The Slap."

TV review: NBC's 'The Slap' is definition of Must-Flee-TV

Feel-bad drama is filled with pompous, self-indulgent writing for a pack of odious characters.

2 weeks ago


 Brian Williams reports from the Gulf on the danger to wildlife as a result of the oil spill.

Brian Williams news a nonstory to millennials

The anchor has begun his six-month suspension from “NBC Nightly News” for making misleading comments.

2 weeks ago


How Houston's death led Gabrielle Union to TV role

"It's OK to be a flawed person because we're all flawed human beings," says Gabrielle Union, star of BET's "Being Mary Jane."

2 weeks ago


 Pictured: Zachary Quinto as Harry in "The Slap."

TV Preview: Zach Quinto talks about ‘The Slap,' his future

Pittsburgh’s own Zachary Quinto stars as the heavy in NBC’s “The Slap” and considers the future of “The Chair.”

2 weeks ago


 Post-Gazette game columnist Max Parker shows off Nintendo's New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition to a gamer in Oakland on Saturday.

Watch Pittsburgh gamers get an early look at Nintendo's 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition

Game columnist Max Parker took to the streets of Pittsburgh to surprise gamers with a look at the new device.

2 weeks ago


 NBC anchorman Brian Williams

NBC News anchor Brian Williams suspended after Iraq misstatement

Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months.

2 weeks ago


 Computer pioneer Grace Hopper is the subject of a short documentary, "The Queen of Code," by Mt. Lebanon native Gillian Jacobs.

Mt. Lebanon native Gillian Jacobs makes her directorial debut

“Community” star Gillian Jacobs makes her directorial debut with “The Queen of Code,” about techno-wiz Grace Hopper.

2 weeks ago


 Disney Junior's "Miles From Tomorrowland" follows the adventures of a family in space.

TV Preview: Disney Junior introduces 'Miles From Tomorrowland'

Disney Junior introduces a space-set adventure for preschoolers with “Miles From Tomorrowland.”

2 weeks ago


 Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in "Better Call Saul."

Preview: 'Better Call Saul' is finding its way

The creator of “Breaking Bad” returns with its prequel series, AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” which features a Pennsylvania native as a co-star.

2 weeks ago


TV Q&A: 'Continuum' renewed; 'The Millers' is gone

Questions answered about “Continuum,” “The Millers” and “Family Feud.”

2 weeks ago


 Chris Moore, Kyle Stratton, Rob Henry, Tony Sacco, Dan Kavanaugh, Julia Sacco, Josh Shader.

'Birdman,' Pittsburgh-produced 'The Chair' winners at Directors Guild Awards

“Birdman” tops “Boyhood,” and “The Chair” scores honor for reality TV.

2 weeks ago


 NBC anchorman Brian Williams

Anchorman Brian Williams says he's taking himself off the NBC evening newscast temporarily

He called it “painfully apparent” that he has become a distracting news story amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq.

2 weeks ago


 Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis, left, and Brownsville native Christian Conte help with anger management on Spike TV's new series "Coaching Bad."

Reality check: Western Pennsylvania native teams with former Baltimore Raven to school bad coaches

Brownsville native Christian Conte keeps his calm amid the angry drama on the new Spike TV show, “Coaching Bad.”

3 weeks ago


 Former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in New York in September 2013.

Speculation over gender transformation 'extremely harmful,' advocates say

The media should not be speculating about the gender identity of Bruce Jenner or anyone, national and Pittsburgh advocates stress.

3 weeks ago


 Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as Saul Goodman in "Better Call Saul." The show airs on AMC.

'Breaking Bad' spinoff has promising debut

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” makes an auspicious debut; WEPA relaunches but without a daily noon Mass.

3 weeks ago


 Scott Cohen as Mark O'Connor, Hope Davis as Katya O'Connor in the NBC series "Allegiance."

NBC pledges 'Allegiance' to pale imitation of 'The Americans'

Beyond being derivative, the new drama about Russian agents, “Allegiance,” still feels fake.

3 weeks ago


 Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, left, tries to get into the head of Robert Durst in "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst."

If you liked 'Serial,' tune into HBO's 'The Jinx'

As if Sunday night needed another great drama series, here’s another one anyway, HBO’s engrossing documentary series “The Jinx.”

3 weeks ago


 "Fresh Off the Boat" stars Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan, Randall Park as Louis, Hudson Yang as Eddie and Constance Wu as Jessica.

TV review: 'Fresh Off the Boat' brings a funny vibe

New comedy starring Asian-American lead characters delivers diversity and laughs to prime time.

3 weeks ago


 A frame from a Snickers candy bar commercial, based on the Brady Bunch television series and featuring actor Danny Trejo, to be aired during the broadcast of the 2015 Super Bowl NFL football game.

Nostalgia, emphasis on women reign supreme in Super Bowl commercials

An overall theme for the Big Game’s commercials Sunday night was an emphasis on stirring up feelings, especially nostalgia.

3 weeks ago


TV ratings matter less than ever

Questions answered about “Wheel of Fortune,” Nielsen ratings, “Family Feud,” “Celebrity Name Game” and a former local sportscaster.

3 weeks ago


  Savannah Fitzgerald and her father are part of a new TruTV series, "Kart Life." They'll be featured Wednesday.

Reality check: Greenville teen runs with guys in kart racing

Mercer County teen Savannah Fitzgerald races with the boys on the new TruTV show “Kart Life.”

4 weeks ago


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