TV Notes: Peters student weaves for Kimmel


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Using looms to make bracelets is a new popular pastime among elementary school students, which prompted the host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to suggest he'd hire his own team of child laborers to make him a suit he can wear on his late-night show.

Linda Mitchell had her own idea: Video taping her daughter, Skyler Gaudio, a 7-year-old first-grader at Bower Hill Elementary in the Peters Township School District, weaving for Mr. Kimmel's suit at Learning Express Toys at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon.

Their video aired Wednesday on Mr. Kimmel's program , and they've since sent a completed tie (black and gold, of course, for the Steelers) and are at work on a belt that they hope he will wear on the program with a loomed suit, possibly next week.

"They did tell me they had thousands of submissions," said Ms. Mitchell, who emailed the video to Mr. Kimmel's show earlier this week and received a response within 20 minutes. "For them to get this from us and call that quickly is, just, wow."

It may have helped that some TV professionals had a hand in the video: Ms. Mitchell said she's engaged to former KDKA-TV news anchor Bruce Pompeani, who called on WPXI photojournalist Ward Hobbs to shoot the video on Sunday.

Ms. Mitchell also appeared at the end of the video speaking directly to the camera, telling Mr. Kimmel the children would be working round-the-clock for four days to complete his suit.

"Thank you, Linda, Skyler and everyone at the Learning Express for violating all those child labor laws so I can own the world's only Suit of the Loom," Mr. Kimmel joked.

'Orange' writer to Chatham

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" that's the basis for the Netflix streaming series, will speak at Chatham University's Shadyside campus chapel at 7 p.m. March 20 in celebration of Women's History Month. The event is free.

Channel surfing

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" returns March 1 with Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as host and Beck as musical guest. ... CBS will move "The Crazy Ones" to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and "Two and a Half Men" to 9 p.m. Thursday when both shows return with new episodes next week. ... "Unforgettable" returns to CBS at 8 p.m. Friday starting April 4. ... ABC Family canceled "Ravenswood," the spinoff from "Pretty Little Liars." ... Daytime talk show "Bethenny" has been canceled midway through its first season due to low ratings. ... Netflix will debut the second season of streaming series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 6. ... Showtime renewed "Shameless" and "House of Lies" for new seasons to air in 2015; HBO ordered a second season of dark comedy "Getting On." ... Monday's premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" drew 11.3 million viewers, a healthy start, although the real state of late-night viewership won't be known for several weeks as viewers settle into new viewing patterns. ... CBS is developing another "CSI" spinoff focused on cybercrimes and set in Quantico, Va. A test episode of the proposed series will air as a backdoor pilot in an episode of "CSI" this spring. ... Bravo has ordered its first scripted series, "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," written by Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and starring Lisa Edelstein ("House"). ... Former Western Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum executive produces Hallmark Movie Channel's "The Redemption of Henry Myers," premiering at 9 p.m. March 23. ... Leonard Patterson of Monroeville will appear on CBS's "The Price Is Right" (11 a.m. weekdays, KDKA-TV) on Wednesday.

Tuned In online

Today's TV Q&A column responds to questions about "Bates Motel," "The Young & the Restless" and WGN's nightly newscast. This week's Tuned In Journal includes posts on local news, "Generation Like" on "Frontline," "About a Boy" and "Dallas." Read online-only TV content at post-gazette.com/tv.

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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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