TV & Radio

 "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

Essay: Thanksgiving movies stuffed with dreary drama

Thanksgiving in film and television: traffic jams, family dysfunction and ruined turkeys.

about 13 hours ago

 A Lynn Hayes-Freeland feature on former anchor Patrice King Brown was a highlight during KDKA's most recent sweeps period newscasts.

TV employs fewer gimmicks during 'sweeps'

It’s easy to get swept up in sweeps stories, but local stations seem to be toning down their reports.

1 day ago

 Sean Michael Kyer is Agent Oscar and Millie Davis is Ms. O in "Odd Squad," premiering Wednesday on PBS Kids.

PBS goes into action with math-based 'Odd Squad'

The Fred Rogers Co. is involved in its first live-action series since “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with PBS’s “Odd Squad.”

3 days ago

 "Odd Squad," a live-action series that will help kids ages 5-8 learn math, premieres Wednesday on PBS Kids with Sean Michael Kyer as Agent Oscar, left, Millie Davis as Ms. O, Dalila Bela as Agent Olive and Filip Gljo as Agent Otto. The Fred Rogers Company is a producer.

TV review: 'Odd Squad' assets add up to a good time

It’s hard not to wonder what Fred Rogers would think of the frantic “Odd Squad,” but taken on its own, this new kids show is a lot of fun.

3 days ago

TV Q&A: Actress wasn't series regular on 'Orange' at Emmy time

Questions answered about “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Young & The Restless,” “The Big Bang Theory” and ratings.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh bride Paloma DeNardis went with 'new' on TLC's "Something Borrowed."

Reality Check: Jamison excels with 'Jealous' on 'The Voice'

Ross native Chris Jamison advances on NBC’s “The Voice”; Fox Chapel native Paloma DeNardis shares emotional day on TLC.

4 days ago

 Owen Benjamin, left, Steve Byrne and Dan Lauria in TBS's Pittsburgh-set sitcom "Sullivan & Son."

TBS cancels 'Sullivan & Son'

TBS cancels a Pittsburgh bar-set sitcom starring Hampton grad Steve Byrne after three seasons.

4 days ago

 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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."

6 days ago

 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.”

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.”

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.”

2 weeks 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.”

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 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.”

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 weeks ago



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