TV Notes: Changes at WTAE; HBO doc covers photographer

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WTAE sports anchor John Meyer left Channel 4 last week for a sales position with a local software company. WTAE has already started the search for a replacement sports anchor/reporter.

On Thursday Channel 4 announced the hiring of a new weekend morning anchor/weekday reporter, filling a spot that's been vacant for a year since Janelle Hall moved to weekday mornings as traffic reporter.

Jackie Schafer, an Elizabeth native who once interned at WTAE, previously worked at WTOV in Steubenville. Ms. Schafer, a graduate of West Virginia University, will join meteorologist Ashley Dougherty on Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts beginning April 20 and will do some reporting during the week.

Hetherington doc

Thursday HBO debuts "Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington," a 75-minute documentary about the "Restrepo" photographer/filmmaker who was killed by mortar fire in Libya in 2011.

The same attack also killed photojournalist Chris Hondros, who lived in Pittsburgh for five months in 2001.

Renewals/cancellations

History renewed "Vikings" for a 10-episode second season to air in 2014, and A&E renewed "Bates Motel" for another 10 episodes, also to air next year. Oxygen renewed its competition series "The Face" for another 10 episodes, too.

Maybe 10 is the new 13 in cable series orders?

Except when it's not: Syfy renewed paranormal reality show "Ghost Mine" for a 12-episode second season to premiere in September. And the network will bring back the American "Being Human" for a 13-episode fourth season in 2014.

Bravo canceled the Kathy Griffin talk show "Kathy" after two seasons.

After moving "Cult" from Tuesday to Friday, this week The CW pulled the show from its schedule altogether.

Channel surfing

Pittsburgh-set TBS sitcom "Sullivan & Son" returns for its second season at 10 p.m. June 13. ... At a broadcasting conference this week, executives for Fox and Univision threatened to convert their respective broadcast outlets to cable-only networks in response to a challenge from the Aereo streaming TV service, which picks up broadcast signals and transmits them to paying Aereo subscribers who can watch over-the-air TV on multiple viewing platforms (phone, computer, tablet, TV). The service is available only in New York City but may expand to other markets this year. ... The "2013 MTV Movie Awards," with Rebel Wilson as host, will air live at 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV. ... FEARnet will air reruns of the short-lived "Reaper" beginning at 9 p.m. June 4 with plans for a half-hour reunion special also announced. ... Natalie Dormer, starring on "Game of Thrones" and previously as Anne Boleyn in "The Tudors," will play Irene Adler in a three-episode "Elementary" arc that begins May 9. ... RLTV's "Second Act" (8 p.m. Thursday) follows carpenter/designer Paul DiMeo ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") as he helps adults age 50 and up realize their personal passions; call it "Extreme Makeover: Boomer Edition." Mr. DiMeo, who grew up in Media, Pa., attended Point Park College (1977-79) and built sets for the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

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TV writer Rob Owen: rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook for breaking TV news.


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