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 Allison Williams is Peter Pan and Christopher Walken portrays Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"

Tuned In: TV lights up holiday season with new programming

December’s reruns have been replaced with a boatload of pricey premieres to satisfy advertiser demand this holiday season.

about 12 hours ago


 "Super Smash Bros." is now out on Wii U.

Game review: 'Super Smash Bros.' packed with frenzied fun

This super game for Wii U makes the latest “Smash Bros.” a worthy successor in the popular Nintendo series.

about 12 hours ago


 Sloane Morgan Siegel stars as the title character in Amazon's “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.”

TV Review: 'Gortimer Gibbon's Life' is a calm one for kids

Amazon Prime Instant Video debuts its first live-action kids show, the leisurely paced "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."

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 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby loses two TV slots after new accusation

NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show.”

1 day ago


 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev receives a turkey in "Cold War Roadshow" on PBS's "American Experience," premiering tonight.

Soviet premier was America's most unlikely tourist

A media frenzy surrounds Nikita Khrushchev in a largely forgotten episode of mid-20th-century history in “Cold War Roadshow” on PBS.

3 days ago


 Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker in "State of Affairs."

TV review: New Heigl series in a bad 'State'

NBC wants its own “Homeland” with Katherine Heigl’s “State of Affairs,” but the drama is unbelievable and too insular.

4 days ago


 From left, Dana Chivvis, Emily Condon, Sarah Koenig, Ira Glass and Julie Snyder are the team behind the "Serial" podcast.

Podcast 'Serial' examines 15-year-old murder

The new “Serial” podcast brings online communities together in exploring the facts of a whodunit.

5 days ago


Public television tries to adapt to new realities

Public television stations around the country face funding pressures and challenges in jumping to digital platforms.

5 days ago


 Terri and Brett Hardt of Allison Park watch themselves on television monitor during a WQED open house in 1964. Visitors lined up in the rain to tour the station headquarters at 4337 Fifth Ave., which was approaching its 10th anniversary and gearing up for its annual fund drive, with a goal of $250,000.

For a smaller WQED, competing visions of its future

After spending the year celebrating public television’s past, WQED and its funders have different views on its future.

5 days ago


 Kelly Brennan of WTAE-TV.

TV Q&A: Comcast On Demand moves shows in and out of free zone

Questions answered about Comcast On Demand, KDKA-TV and “Law & Order: UK.”

5 days ago


 Appearing on "The Voice" earlier this week were, from left, Matt McAndrew, Adam Levine, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison.

Reality check: Reality show appearance tied bride up in knots

Pittsburgh bride Paloma DeNardis will be featured on TLC’s “Something Borrowed, Something New” next Friday.

6 days ago


 Bailee Madison in "Northpole."

Tuned In: On TV, Christmas comes early

Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year on TV because viewers tune in and don’t shy away from holiday programming.

1 week ago


Cybertainment: Web series filmed in Lawrenceville

Web series “Main” seeks to spark audience conversation and thought. Ellen DeGeneres launches video site. NPR revamps its music site.

1 week ago


 Mark Ballas is among the performers on the "Dancing With the Stars Live!" tour of North America stopping in Pittsburgh Jan. 8, 2015.

'Dancing With the Stars Live!' tour will stop in Pittsburgh

The Benedum Center show on Jan. 8, 2015, will include Mark Ballas and Witney Carson from the ABC television series.

1 week ago


 Micheal "Sonia May Bottom" Mayberry, left, of Carrick, chats with co-host Michael "Miley Rahegan Michaels" Devitt, right, of Brookline as David Stanton gets the drag queens ready before filming an episode of "Drag Talk," at the Gay Life Television studio in Lawrenceville.

Gay Life Television, just for LGBT folks, streaming from Pittsburgh studio

Based in Lawrenceville, Gay Life Television cuts the cable TV cord to reach new audiences on the Web and on Roku.

1 week ago


 Vince Isoldi stars in A&E's "Godfather of Pittsburgh."

Preview: Pittsburgh's 'Godfather' says he's no mafia kingpin

“Godfather of Pittsburgh” star Vince Isoldi says he’s just the star of a reality TV show and a businessman, not a mafia kingpin.

1 week ago


 Vince Isoldi, center, surrounded by his family (from left): sons Adolfo and Enzo, wife Carla and son Romeo.

TV Review: Reality show presents Pittsburgh's 'Godfather'

Another ginned-up reality show set in Pittsburgh, “Godfather of Pittsburgh” introduces the “Sopranos”-like Isoldi family to the nation.

1 week ago


 Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen star in "Vicious." PBS will air the six-episode second season next summer.

TV Q&A: 'Crossbones' sinks; 'Vicious' returns to PBS next year

Questions answered about “Crossbones,” “Vicious” and 4K television sets.

1 week ago


 Shane Dawson, director of "Not Cool," the winning entry in the filmmaking competition series "The Chair" on Starz. "Not Cool" was shot in the Pittsburgh area.

Tuned in: 'Not Cool' wins 'Chair' film competition

YouTube star Shane Dawson’s fans mobilized to vote for his critically savaged directorial debut, making him the winner of “The Chair.”

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison scores in "The Voice's" Knockout Round.

Reality Check: Ross singer still has a shot

Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison moves on to live rounds on “The Voice.”

1 week ago


 Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer return to "The Newsroom," as the HBO series kicks off its final season Sunday at 9 p.m.

Tuned In: 'Newsroom' prepares to sign off

“The Newsroom” and “Getting On” return to HBO; Pittsburgh-shot “The Chair” ends its run on Starz.

2 weeks ago


 Screen shot from “Halo: The Master Chief Collection," a remastered take on the popular series.

Game review: 'Master Chief' edition celebrates 'Halo'

Getting four games for the price of one is just part of the value-added perks in the new “Halo” collection.

1 week ago


 Robert Michael Morris and Lisa Kudrow in "The Comeback."

On the Tube: Comeback' returns covering the same ground

HBO's "The Comeback" makes a comeback, but is it worth revisiting? Plus, how producers decided to move the story forward.

2 weeks ago


ScareHouse scares actor

Elijah Wood touts Pittsburgh’s extra frightening ScareHouse on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

2 weeks ago


 Tom Magliozzi in Cambridge, Mass. NPR says Magliozzi died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Co-host of NPR's Car Talk, Tom Magliozzi, dies at 77

Tom Magliozzi died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

2 weeks ago


Tv Q&A: Costanzo, Del Greco have left local stations

Questions answered about personnel changes at WPXI and WTAE, “Extant” and “Forensic Files.”

2 weeks ago


Reality check: Random acts of kindness pop up on 'Face Off'

It was a good knight on the “Face Off” finale, but Pleasant Hills’ Talbot comes up short.

2 weeks ago


 A tent city forms as students gather Thursday in preparation for the ESPN Game Day show at Mountainlair Green on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

WVU trying to keep a lid on postgame destruction

Officials and groups of students at WVU aim to keep after-game revelry from turning violent today.

2 weeks ago


WQED-TV shows to focus on veterans

The programming leading to Veterans Day begins Sunday with “Long Road Home: Tony’s Story,” followed by five more shows.

3 weeks ago


 Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins star in HBO's "Olive Kitteridge."

Tuned In: Attention to detail helps 'Olive Kitteridge'

The slow TV movement gets a boost from HBO’s character-driven miniseries “Olive Kitteridge;” WPCB adds digital subchannel.

3 weeks ago


TV review: 'McCarthys' has oldie-moldy feel

Genial new CBS sitcom "The McCarthys" has some strong comedic moments but falters with stale stereotypes.

3 weeks ago


TV review: PBS's Craft in America' focuses on veterans

The PBS series “Craft in America” has put together a thoughtful program in “Service,” which focuses on veterans.

3 weeks ago


KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit

Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7.

3 weeks ago


'Even This I Get to Experience': Television is all in the family for Norman Lear

Norman Lear’s autobiography is short on deep-dive details from the TV trenches, but full of entertaining stories from his life beyond TV.

3 weeks ago


The Game Guy: Play these spooky games with the lights off

A medium that can deliver screams of terror comparable to a Wes Craven movie is the video game.

3 weeks ago


 Don Johnson, left, has starred in a number of TV series since "Miami Vice,' including "Nash Bridges" and "From Dusk Till Dawn," while Philip Michael Thomas hasn't had an acting role since 2006, according to IMDB.com. Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in an undated publicity handout photo from "Miami Vice. PUBLISHED CAPTION: Don Johnson, left, and Philip Michael Thomas in ?Miami Vice,? one of the reruns that will launch the new cable channel Sleuth. Original Filename: Miami Vice.tif

TV Q&A: 'Miami Vice' stars have gone separate ways

Questions answered on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “The Real Housewives” and fewer episodes of cable shows.

3 weeks ago


 Fox Chapel native Garrett Morosky is in the running to become a "Price Is Right" model.

Reality check: Friends gather to watch Ross man on 'The Voice'

Ross Township man’s journey on “The Voice” leads to a crowded house.

3 weeks ago


 The two-part miniseries "Death Comes to Pemberley" stars Matthew Rhys as Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin as Lizzy. It will air on PBS on Sunday and Nov. 2.

TV review: 'Pemberley' missing sparks of earlier PBS series

The sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is missing the spark of the earlier PBS miniseries.

3 weeks ago


 Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the new series "Constantine."

Tuned In: NBC turns to another comic book hero

Special effects overwhelm character in the rejiggered pilot for NBC’s comic book adaptation “Constantine.”

4 weeks ago


Cybertainment: Seinfeld's back in the car

Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is back for a fifth season. USC study monitors daily rhythms of Internet usage.

4 weeks ago


Radio notes: 'Thin Man Returns'

Mystery is in the air for “The Thin Man Comes to Pittsburgh.”

4 weeks ago


 (Clockwise) Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Josh Rabinowtiz, The Lucas Bros., Kevin Barnett and Jennifer Bartels of truTV's "Friends of the People," a new sketch comedy series.

Revamped TruTV aims to be a fun ride

TruTV leaves its Court TV past behind and embarks on a recalibration to become a destination for comedy fans.

4 weeks ago


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