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 Stephanie Mills, left, portrays Auntie Em and Shanice Williams is Dorothy in "The Wiz Live!" airing Thursday night on NBC.

TV preview: ‘The Wiz Live!’ to include descriptive narration

The use of video descriptions in NBC’s “The Wiz” marks the first time the technology has been used in a live U.S. entertainment broadcast.

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No snow means less viewership for local TV newscasts

The latest sweeps period ran Oct. 29-Nov. 25 and showed a marked decline in Nielsen ratings almost across the board.

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 In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved animated tale "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Kristen Bell will host a special holiday retrospective, "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown."

‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ turns 50

Executive producer Lee Mendelson remembers the production potholes in making the first Peanuts TV special.

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 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates during practice earlier this month. TV coverage of the team is almost always a ratings booster.

TV Q&A: What’s the availability of Spanish-language channels in Pittsburgh?

Questions answered regarding Steelers mania on local news outlets, “Fuller House” and “What Not to Wear.”

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 "The Great Holiday Baking Show," with Nia Vardalos, left, and Mary Berry, premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on ABC.

Reality check: Baldwin man competes in truTV's 'Santas in the Barn'

John Scarpino of Baldwin Boro will climb up chimneys and wrap gifts with other would-be Kris Kringles in a new reality show.

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 Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara made for one handsome couple at their Nov. 22 wedding. The bride documented the whole affair on Instagram.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 28, 2015

Newlyweds Joe Manganiello of Mt. Lebanon and Sofia Vergara are asking asking guests to make donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

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 "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" is one of many Christmas specials airing this holiday season.

Holiday television specials spread seasonal cheer

No matter what your preference, there is surely something on the seasonal schedule to suit your tastes.

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TV notes: More music shows on PBS from Lubinsky

Pine-based producer T.J. Lubinsky has three more music shows on PBS in the next month; “Call the Midwife” airs a Christmas special.

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 This 2009 photo provided by ABC shows actor David Canary who played the roles of Adam/Stuart Chandler in the television show “All My Children."

Obituary: David Canary / Star of ‘All My Children’ soap opera for nearly 30 years

Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring in “Peyton Place.”

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 The stars of "Superstore" from left: Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, Ben Feldman, America Ferrera, Mark McKinney, Nichole Bloom and Colton Dunn.

Tuned in: ‘Peak TV’ brings new premiere, cancellation patterns

NBC debuts two new comedies, “Superstore” and “Telenovela,” a month before they begin airing weekly.

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 Kalani Queypo as Squanto in National Geographic Channel’s “Saints & Strangers.”

TV previews: A dramatic miniseries and a new documentary retell the pilgrim story

National Geographic Channel debuts the four-hour drama “Saints & Strangers” as PBS offers Ric Burns’ documentary “The Pilgrims.”

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 Scott Caan, right, appears in fewer episodes of CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" than Alex O'Loughlin.

TV Q&A: Explaining the timing of Emergency Broadcast System tests

Questions answered about weather coverage on local newscasts and the status of an actor on “Hawaii Five-0.”

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 Fox Chapel native and Tony winner Christian Borle will be featured on “Broadway at the White House,” airing Thursday night on TLC.

Reality check: Fox Chapel's Borle part of TLC special

Pittsburgh’s Christian Borle is part of “Broadway at the White House,” airing Thanksgiving night.

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 Rufus Sewell portrays John Smith, both a Long Island family man and a ruthless SS commanding officer, in "The Man in the High Castle."

Tuned in: Stylish ‘The Man in the High Castle’ low on substance

Amazon’s latest drama series looks amazing but the slow-moving plot needs more energy to suck viewers in for a binge.

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Steelers, WDVE extend broadcast partnership

WDVE-FM has been the team’s flagship station since 1999.

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 Krysten Ritter stars in the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”

TV review: Mopey ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ steps up

Krysten Ritter glowers appropriately in the dark new comic book-based series that shows signs of life and intrigue in its second episode.

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TV review: A hollow ‘Turkey Hollow’

A new Jim Henson production feels both dated and strident with too little puppet magic.

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 Mary Steenburgen and the monster stars of "Turkey Hollow."

Jim Henson Company turns 60, debuts ‘Turkey Hollow’

A puppet from the upcoming Lifetime movie will appear at Pittsburgh’s Light-Up Night Friday.

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 "the Lion Guard" executive producer Ford Riley.

TV preview: Disney debuts next generation ‘Lion King’ TV series

Pittsburgh native Ford Riley developed “The Lion Guard,” debuting Sunday with a 45-minute episode.

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 A few sandwiches similar to this one will accompany the "Good Morning America" tour bus to Philadelphia.

'Good Morning America' 40th anniversary tour will make Pitt stop at Primanti's

The tour bus will arrive at Primanti Brothers in Market Square around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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 The upcoming Starz series “American Gods” is based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, pictured.

Pittsburgh loses TV series ‘American Gods’ over state budget impasse

The Starz drama planned to film in Western Pennsylvania in early 2016 but has opted to move on due to the state budget impasse.

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 Nick Gehlfuss, left, is Dr. Will Halstead and S. Epatha Merkerson is hospital administratro Sharon Goodwin in NBC's "Chicago Med," premiering tonight.

TV review: Diagnosis on 'Chicago Med' is meh

NBC’s new medical drama isn’t terrible but provides just TV comfort food. No matter — it will likely succeed.

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Pittsburgh's WESA, WYEP radio stations to merge boards

The goal was to create a single entity after debt incurred by WYEP’s purchase of WESA had been "substantially reduced."

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 This undated photograph provided courtesy of Duquesne University/Musmanno Collection shows Baron von Loringhoven, left, Hitler’s aide-de-camp, with Judge Michael Musmanno, included in the documentary film, “The Day Hitler Died." The film premieres on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT.

Documenting Hitler's dying day

A new documentary on the Nazi leader's death is based on testimony collected by Michael Musmanno, the legendary Pittsburgh judge.

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 Robert Taylor stars in A&E's "Longmire." Season 5 begins in 216.

TV Q&A: Making cast changes on nonfiction series

Questions answered regarding “Longmire,” “Laramie,” “Mythbusters,” “Life Below Zero” and “Catastrophe.”

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 Somerset native Nate Barbera and business partner Desiree Stolar pitched Unshrinkit, a formula to transform shrunken sweaters back to their original size, on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Friday.

Reality check: Somerset native takes dip into 'Shark Tank'

Nate Barbera and his partner will pitch a chemical treatment that promises to restore length and shape to woolens shrunk in the wash.

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 Netflix's "Master of None" features Eric Wareheim, left, Aziz Ansari and Noel Wells.

5 things we love this week, Nov. 14

Ugly sweaters, acrobatic cats and artistic prosthetic limbs — what more could you want?

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 Actor Ryan Hurst ("Sons of Anarchy") is among the stars of "Outsiders" on WGN America.

Pittsburgh-filmed ‘Outsiders’ lands premiere date

The WGN America series will air Tuesday nights beginning Jan. 26.

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 Daniel Wu as Sunny in "Into the Badlands."

Tuned in: Peak TV continues with two more dramas

AMC fights its way “Into the Bandlands,” and Esquire has a “Spotless” scripted TV record with its terrific first series.

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 Judy Greer, left, and Nat Faxon in the now-canceled "Married."

TV Q&A: Why are there weekly reruns on ‘Late Night’?

Questions are answered about The Weather Channel, baseball on WGN America and TV’s golden age.

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 Chris Jamison performing in December at Stage AE.

Reality check: ‘Voice’ finalist Jamison to team with Pittsburgh Symphony

Chris Jamison, a Ross native, will sing in the holidays at the PSO’s annual Holiday Pops concerts next month.

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 Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in "Spectre."

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 7

Agent 007 swings into action, Timberlake and Stapleton wow the country crowd, and we sing the praises of Indian summer and Mr. Sax.

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 Allison Tolman, a breakout player in season one of FX’s “Fargo,” will star in “Downward Dog” as Nan, the human owner of a dog who speaks directly to the camera.

‘Downward Dog’ comedy series to film in Pittsburgh

Web series-turned-ABC pilot “Downward Dog” will film locally in December with a “Fargo” star heading the cast.

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 Sarah Hay plays Claire, a ballet dancer from Pittsburgh, with Ben Daniels as Paul in "Flesh and Bone" on Starz.

Tuned in: Pittsburgh looms large in Starz drama

“Flesh and Bone,” set in the New York ballet world, features a character from a working-class Pittsburgh family.

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 Aziz Ansari stars in the comedy series "Master of None" on Netflix.

TV review: Netflix debuts masterful ‘Master of None’

New quality TV comedies were in short supply this fall, but Aziz Ansari’s new streaming series does its part to fill that void.

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 Sharon Stone and Jeff Hephner star in "Agent X."

TV review: ‘Agent X’ makes little impression

The “X” stands for nothing new under the sun in TNT’s adventure drama.

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 Fresh from “The Daily Show,” Stewart has signed on with HBO in an exclusive four-year production pact.

Former 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart to team up with HBO

The partnership kicks off with Stewart working on the current events content that will be refreshed multiple times a day, according to HBO.

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 Abby Lee Miller of Lifeetime's "Dance Moms," leaves federal court in Downtown Pittsburgh Monday after pleading not guilty to federal fraud charges.

'Dance Moms' star pleads not guilty to bankruptcy fraud charges in Pittsburgh

Abby Lee Miller, formerly of Penn Hills and the owner of Abby Lee Dance Co. in Penn Hills, filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

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 Anastasia Hill and Benedict Cumberbatch in National Theatre Live's "Hamlet."

Shows on the go: Some productions appearing on new platforms

Consumers can follow the path of new technology to creative platforms for experiencing entertainment.

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 For the last 7 years, Dr. Maria Croyle's lab at the University of Texas in Austin has been working on a nasal vaccine against Ebola that has shown a 100% success rate in primates.

TV preview: Western Pa. native makes a ‘Breakthrough’

University of Pittsburgh grad Maria Croyle is featured in the “Fighting Pandemics” episode of National Geographic Channel’s “Breakthrough.”

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 Still "fresh" AMC's "Walking Dead."

TVQ&A: Why so much editing on PBS shows?

Questions answered regarding a CNN reporter, “The Walking Dead,” bleeped PBS programming and “Today” on WPXI.

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 Ian and Larissa Murphy.

Ian and Larissa Murphy's faith journey goes national

A Indiana County couple, struck by tragedy in 2006, endures through faith. Oprah told their story, and their message of devotion grows.

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