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‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

The staff and stars of the University of Pittsburgh's first -- and only -- late-night talk show recorded the show's season premiere on Aug. 26.

Lingering Laughter: Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community takes on the comedy scene

Lingering Laughter: Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community takes on the comedy scene

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Theater

When Andrew Dow isn’t making crowds of people laugh as the host of Pitt Tonight or performing onstage with the improv group Ruckus, he can be found spending his summer in his hometown of Abington, just 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. As he cozied up to his dog on a mid-May evening, he and his mot...

‘Stranger Things’ season two returns twists, turns and the 80s

‘Stranger Things’ season two returns twists, turns and the 80s

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

Putting the number two after a title is dangerous — sequels are hard to make and rarely live up to the originals. And while the second season of “Stranger Things,” released last Friday, falls victim in some ways to the sequel slump, it was a solid nine episodes that indulged in the things people...

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Television

When Anthony Bourdain goes to any city, locals are bound to complain that he missed one of the best restaurants or didn’t talk to an important person. But when Bourdain’s Pittsburgh episode of “Parts Unknown” aired on CNN Sunday night, many Pittsburghers were furious, claiming the show didn...

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Television

“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.” Morty Smith says this to his sister Summer in season one, episode eight of “Rick and Morty,” referencing the show itself along with its nihilistic and existential premise. “Rick and Morty” ...

Game of Thrones awkwardly rushes plot in season seven finale

Game of Thrones awkwardly rushes plot in season seven finale

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

Watching the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale was as entertaining as it was frustrating. The creators of HBO’s fantasy and action juggernaut provided six seasons of carefully crafted dynamic characters and complex interwoven storylines. But the finale of season seven was unfortunately rushed...

‘Shall we begin?’: Dragons, the undead and murderous mortals take their final places in ‘Game Of Thrones’ premiere

‘Shall we begin?’: Dragons, the undead and murderous mortals take their final places in ‘Game Of Thrones’ premiere

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

July 19, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

In the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere, “Dragonstone,” the remaining pieces of the Great Game finally move into their places on the board. A large part of prestige television — which viewing audiences are drowning in lately — is waiting. That is definitely true of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and also true of S...

From Pitt to Hollywood: Eugene Garcia-Cross

From Pitt to Hollywood: Eugene Garcia-Cross

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Eugene Garcia-Cross was one of us just over a decade ago: holed up in the Cathedral of Learning and studying for exams. “The Cathedral was the center of my universe,” said the Pitt alum, who graduated in 1999 with a degree in history and English, and completed his MFA in creative writing in 2...

Through its storied history, Pitt’s Music Building plays a role in Rogers’ legacy

Through its storied history, Pitt’s Music Building plays a role in Rogers’ legacy

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Children from around the country grew up singing “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” along with the Mr. Rogers they saw on TV. But children in Pittsburgh needed only to walk down the street to see the TV personality in person. Rogers’ presence is still tangible in his steel city hometown,...

After #OscarsSoWhite, TV steps up

After #OscarsSoWhite, TV steps up

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

One of the most talked about scenes in FX’s “Atlanta” happens at the beginning of the first episode. The series’ protagonist, Earn Marks, played by creator Donald Glover, lies in bed with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and daughter’s mother Van (Zazie Beetz). Their playful banter about ...

Q&A: Don’t make fun of us, Hannibal

Q&A: Don’t make fun of us, Hannibal

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

As a college student, Hannibal Buress never expected to be found on prominent IMDB pages. Instead, he was on his way to having a listing in the Yellow Pages. If told he’d be a prominent actor and comedian then, Buress assumes he would’ve said, “What are you talking about? ... I’m a business m...

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Election Coverage 2016, Television

If you were the host of America’s most-viewed late-night show and you had a guest that was a presidential candidate known for hateful rhetoric against minorities and immigrants, what would you do with him? Did you say ruffle his hair? Because that’s what Jimmy Fallon and NBC thought was the righ...

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Movies, News, Television, Top Stories

When Lena Gallagher walks on set, she can’t just go where she pleases. She has to walk at a specific pace in a specific path multiple times in a row until the director says “cut.” But when  David Fincher’s new series, “Mindhunter,” premieres on Netflix in 2017, you won’t see Gallagher’s...

Island of medicated minds: “Ward” aims to change stigma surrounding mental illness

Island of medicated minds: “Ward” aims to change stigma surrounding mental illness

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

While directing a script about a first-year college student struggling with symptoms of depression, Zack Williams was trying to manage his own mental illness. The senior communication major’s health fluctuated during the four months he spent filming a movie that takes place in the psychiatric unit...

Beyond stereotypes: Star Trek turns 50

Beyond stereotypes: Star Trek turns 50

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

With its first canonically gay character, the Star Trek franchise went this summer where no mainstream sci-fi blockbuster had gone before. But the progress came with some controversy. The decision to make Hikaru Sulu — played by John Cho in the reboot films — gay in “Star Trek Beyond” caused debate over whether or not a new character or an existing charac...

Time to put the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope to rest

Time to put the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope to rest

By Alexa Bakalarski / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Television

WARNING: SPOILERS The LGBTQ+ community has a history of tragic demises — in our own world and countless fictional ones. On television, the deaths of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters in particular have become known as the “Bury Your Gays” trope. According to AutoStraddle’s list “All 162 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters on TV and How They Died,” the trope began with the death o...

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

By Brady Langmann / Contributing Editor

August 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, News, Television, Top Stories

Following a first season that included a live autopsy, an acapella battle, and an appearance by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, campus talk show "Pitt Tonight" has another reason to be excited leading up to Season Two: A college Emmy nomination. Earlier this week, "Pitt Tonight" received two College...

AMC’s ‘Preacher’ is worth an hour a week

AMC’s ‘Preacher’ is worth an hour a week

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

June 28, 2016


Filed under Television

Wait, is heaven in space? This is only one of the many questions you may have while watching an explosive new series about a small town facing some huge threats and the utterly persuasive power of religion. Developed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and “Breaking Bad” writer Sam Catlin, “Preacher”...

‘Horace and Pete’: C.K.’s brilliant gamble pays off

‘Horace and Pete’: C.K.’s brilliant gamble pays off

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Television, Uncategorized

If anyone is able to marry comedy and tragedy effectively, it’s Louis C.K., but never has he done it so deftly as with “Horace and Pete.” The exploration of family and human life through the ancestral owners of a century-old bar and their customers is the comedian’s boldest and most mature crea...

Pitt Tonight performs season finale

Pitt Tonight performs season finale

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, News, Television

Most Pitt students remember Mr. McFeely from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as the delivery man, but few expected to see him sink his first shot in “Pitt Tonight Pong” Thursday night. David Newell, the actor who portrayed Mr. McFeely, appeared on Pitt Tonight’s fifth and final episode at 8 p...

Bill Nye charms student audience

Bill Nye charms student audience

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

April 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Capping a lecture that transported audience members back to the third grade, Bill Nye tied his signature bow tie on stage, prompting a standing ovation from the audience. Nye rose to fame in elementary school science classes around the country in PBS and Disney’s “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which r...

In defense of ‘The Walking Dead’ season six finale

In defense of ‘The Walking Dead’ season six finale

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

April 4, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Across the Internet, fans of the comic and show alike are howling in distress over the season finale of “The Walking Dead” Sunday night, when the show brutally killed off a character — then hid their identity. Some critics have even vowed to stop reviewing the show. While “The Walking Dead” has ...

Baldwin lends voice to city

Baldwin lends voice to city

By Jack Trainor | Culture Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

Alec Baldwin announced yesterday he is making a considerable donation to the University of Pittsburgh — his voice. The “30 Rock” actor said after he performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on April 16, he will then record new audible crossing signals at intersections throughout Oakland a...

‘Fuller House’ overcrowded

‘Fuller House’ overcrowded

By Sarah Schneider / for The Pitt News

February 29, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Returning to the Tanner’s is like going to grandma’s house — not much has changed, and everyone’s a little older. With “Full House’s” 1995 conclusion, watching the family-friendly show’s reruns became a beloved pastime across America. But Netflix’s “Fuller House” quickly prov...

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Although she didn’t win the $100,000 grand prize in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship finals Friday night, Sarah Dubnik walked away with bragging rights and enough money to travel wherever she pleases. The Pitt senior chemistry and computer science major finished third in the competition, winni...

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Playboy Magazine once ranked Hillman Library’s first floor as one of the best places in the country to meet women. Fact or fiction? Urban legends already hold a special place in our culture — Bigfoot, Goatman, Johnny Appleseed — but how does something that is published become an urban legend? Like a ...

‘The Bachelor’ out of touch with modern love

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

For a show running 20 seasons and counting, “The Bachelor” still doesn’t get modern dating. The show, in which one enticing man whittles 20 women down to just one, and vice versa for “The Bachelorette,” takes participants on dates only millionaires could afford in exquisite and exotic lo...

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Puzzles, Television

Sarah Dubnik is frustrated at what transpires before her. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek queries contestants of the show’s annual College Championship semifinal round: “The [Nobel] Peace prize went to the National Dialogue Quartet of this North African country,” for $1,600. As the cont...

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Who: Pitt senior Sarah Dubnik What: Competing in the Jeopardy! College Championship semifinals Where: NBC When: Wednesday Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Why: Dubnik was one of the semifinal round’s two highest point-earners after the five regular-game winners at $14,801. She will take on North Carolina State’s ...

A fortunate turn of events: Netflix will give series new life

A fortunate turn of events: Netflix will give series new life

By Meghan Bray / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

Fans of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” have reason to believe their misfortune is over. After a less-than-satisfying 2004 film adaptation, the Baudelaire orphans might finally return to relevancy via Netflix, which is releasing an episodic series of the narrative in August. The dark children’s...

Burr brings comedic genius to Netflix in “F is for Family”

Burr brings comedic genius to Netflix in “F is for Family”

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Culture, Television

When Netflix revealed it was teaming with vulgar, rambling comedian Bill Burr for an animated comedy, I was naturally skeptical. The product, “F is for Family,” to my thrill, turned out to be an undeniable success. The Vince Vaughn-produced show, released Dec. 18, takes place in the 1970s and ce...

Golden Globes offers few surprises

Golden Globes offers few surprises

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

For as much predictability as TV and film awards bring every year, it always feels better when the obvious choice isn’t the same as last year’s. Sunday night’s 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards saw much of the usual winners but with a few highlights that, while expected, will prevent this year’s awar...

A pop culture review of 2015

A pop culture review of 2015

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Movies, Music, Television

“Back to the Future Part II” may have predicted tablets, flat screen televisions and video conferencing in 2015, but not even Doc Brown could have foreseen Jon Snow’s fate. Last year hosted many unpredictable scenarios and return-to-forms, from Justin Bieber’s chart-topping comeback to “True Detective...

Students bring late night to Pitt

Students bring late night to Pitt

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

November 24, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The event with the most buzz at Pitt last week wasn’t a sporting event — it was a student talk show. With all 95 seats sold out, Jesse Irwin, senior political science and film studies major, will debut Pitt Tonight, Pitt’s first student talk show, Dec. 14. It will film its episodes in the Cathedral’s Studio Theater and wi...

UPTV returns with 24 hour film festival

UPTV returns with 24 hour film festival

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

November 24, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

At University of Pittsburgh Television’s 24 Hour Film Festival last Friday night, Zack Williams’ team had only three rules: The short had to be about a conspiracy, feature a pair of sunglasses and use the station’s green screen. “We were pacing around for an hour and a half and we had nothing,” William...

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Sometimes a show comes along at the perfect time, making a statement about the world right when the issue is prevalent. The first season of Netflix’s new show, “Master of None,” not only does that, but it avoids sacrificing any entertainment or artistic value in the process. The show Aziz Ans...

True or false: rating TV’s dorm depictions

True or false: rating TV’s dorm depictions

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies, Television

Small dorms, nonexistent closets, communal bathrooms, annoying roommates — these grievances compose the reality of college housing. Sure, it’s entertaining to see how the other — fictional — half lives, but these details give younger viewers false expectations of their new home away from home....

Game of Theory

Game of Theory

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Dragons can teach us a lot about politics, according to political science professor Andrew Lotz. Lotz will moderate a student-led discussion Thursday, Oct. 22, enticingly titled “Game of Thrones and Political Theory.” The program is part of the department of political science’s Current Issues in P...

Burr talks comedy, career

Burr talks comedy, career

By Dan Sostek / Contributing Editor

October 8, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Theater, Uncategorized

As a stand-up comedian, actor, podcaster, amateur drummer and now animated series star, Bill Burr is a bit of a renaissance man. The edgy comedian will show off the first of those talents in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22, as he’ll perform two stand-up shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $49.25....

Building his ark: Noah kicks off late night career

Building his ark: Noah kicks off late night career

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Uncategorized

The stage may be new, but the “Daily Show” goes on all the same. Last Monday, Trevor Noah, a comedian from South Africa and previous “Daily Show” senior international correspondent, went from correspondent to host as Jon Stewart’s 17-year tenure on the desk ended. Fans, critics and everyo...

‘Empire’ strikes back

‘Empire’ strikes back

By Tarun Sathish / for The Pitt News

October 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

What do you do once you’ve reached the top? That is the question the cast and crew of FOX’s hit family/music drama, “Empire,” are trying to answer in the show’s second season, which airs its third episode Wednesday. The Lee Daniels-created drama, which follows a family’s control of a hi...

After delay, Davidson leads night of laughs

After delay, Davidson leads night of laughs

By Matt Maeilli / Staff Writer

September 28, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

A drove of 375 students formed a line in and around the ground floor of the William Pitt Union, ending at the Pizza Hut, Sunday night — though they weren’t there for cheesy bread. By 8 p.m., more than a half-hour in advance, students gathered outside the WPU assembly room to see “Saturday Night L...

Viola Davis makes history at 67th Emmy’s

Viola Davis makes history at 67th Emmy’s

By Tarun Sathish / for The Pitt News

September 22, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Viola Davis earned the spotlight at the 67th annual Emmy Awards show. After becoming the first black woman to win in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama category, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman before speaking from her own heart, which was just as memorable as the win itself. “The only thing that separa...

Nothing to fear: ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff can’t resurrect zombie genre

Nothing to fear: ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff can’t resurrect zombie genre

By Valkyrie Speaker / Staff Writer

September 10, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

As someone who thought they couldn’t get enough of the AMC television show “The Walking Dead,” watching its Los Angeles prequel companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” is the definition of the phrase “more is less.” In its first episodes, “The Walking Dead” thrust us into a freshly...

67th annual Emmy Awards could be one for the history books

67th annual Emmy Awards could be one for the history books

By Walter Howard / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

This year’s Emmy awards could prove to be the most historic in decades. In response to the rising popularity of streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has knocked down the strict eligibility requirements for this year’s Emmy Awards, giving previousl...

Thirteen-hour sentence: Netflix makes prisoners of us all

Thirteen-hour sentence: Netflix makes prisoners of us all

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Fans of Netflix’s hit original series “Orange Is The New Black” were imprisoned by the desire to binge-watch all 13 episodes of the new season before the finale on June 11.Binge-watching has changed the way that audiences watch television. Online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu make ...

Who wants to be a Ninja Warrior: Competition sucks — but “Vampire Professor” back for more in “American Ninja Warrior”

Who wants to be a Ninja Warrior: Competition sucks — but “Vampire Professor” back for more in “American Ninja Warrior”

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Pitt’s “Vampire Professor” Joel Brady upped the stakes for his “American Ninja Warrior” audition this year — by about 30 feet.“I got up and got a chance to do a dive off of the 30-foot platform in my professor suit,” he said, referring to the garb he wears to class each day.“I hung ...

Gustin to be back in a flash on the CW

Gustin to be back in a flash on the CW

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

May 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The FlashSeason 1: Recap/ReviewGrade: B+Starring: Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos ValdésCreated by: Greg Berlanti, Andrew KreisbergFor those who are tired of the mainstream superhero, the CW’s “The Flash” goes back to the iconic superhero’s classic DC comic book roots.Barry Allen (Gr...

‘Mad Men’ advertised vintage appeal to 2015

‘Mad Men’ advertised vintage appeal to 2015

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The story of the seemingly picture-perfect life of advertising executive and anti-hero Don Draper came to an end this past Sunday with the airing of the series finale of “Mad Men”on AMC.The show is set in the 1960s at a Manhattan advertising agency and stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, an advertising executive wh...

Netflix to ‘Save our Bluths’ with new season of ‘Arrested Development’

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

“Taste the happy” “Arrested Development” fans, because producer Brian Grazer has confirmed on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report podcast that the show would return for a 17-episode fifth season on the online streaming service, Netflix. However, many fans wonder if the recently announced fifth seaso...

Dirty Cartoons: How children’s television secretly caters to stoners

Dirty Cartoons: How children’s television secretly caters to stoners

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

April 20, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Cartoons these days are getting seedy. Millennials can remember spending their childhood Saturday mornings watching beloved, more innocent shows that now only exist in reruns, like “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Powerpuff Girls.” The audience for the newest ...

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson entertains Pitt

Monday Night Live: Kenan Thompson entertains Pitt

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Most current college students grew up in the ’90s and vividly remember the days of VHS tapes, Dunkaroos and significantly funnier television shows on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. On Monday, students reconnected with one of their ’90s icons, Kenan Thompson, who is now armed with a more adult arsenal o...

‘Last Man on Earth’ a breezy, strange post-apocalyptic comedy

‘Last Man on Earth’ a breezy, strange post-apocalyptic comedy

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

"The Last Man on Earth"Sundays at 9 p.m. on FoxGrade: B+What would you do if you survived the apocalypse? No rapture, no zombies, no aliens, no vampires created by a supposed cure for cancer. Nobody else — just you and the open world. Would you drive around the country searching for people? Steal y...

Deadline’s ‘Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Casting’ a tone-deaf take on TV diversity

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

March 30, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

For the first time in Hollywood’s history, casting directors are turning actors away from roles because of the way they look, according to Deadline’s TV editor Nellie Andreeva.In a recent article “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing,” Andreeva uses the word “ethnic” so many times it likely broke a Guinness World Record...

‘Better Call Saul’ captures winning feel of ‘Bad,’ but carves own path

‘Better Call Saul’ captures winning feel of ‘Bad,’ but carves own path

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

As the final season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” wound down in 2013,  creator Vince Gilligan announced that a spin-off would follow the beloved series, putting fears and uncertainty of a post-“Bad” world to rest — for now. “Better Call Saul” is very aware of its massive expectations, w...

Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian: A farewell to ‘Parks and Rec’

Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian: A farewell to ‘Parks and Rec’

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

“Parks and Recreation” seemed like an idea doomed from the start.From its first trailers and TV spots in 2008, the show, created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, appeared to copy the style and feel of the popular fellow NBC sitcom “The Office,” trying to find comedy in a single-camera mock...

‘Togetherness’ a mostly satisfying new indie entry for HBO

‘Togetherness’ a mostly satisfying new indie entry for HBO

By Dylan Galper / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

Given its history with high-budget, “cinematic” programming, it’s surprising that HBO is now a hub for indie television shows.The company’s newest venture, slotted nicely between its highly acclaimed “Girls” and somewhat lackluster show “Looking,” is “Togetherness,” a new original se...

‘Empire’ pushes against TV’s status quo in dynamic, entertaining ways

‘Empire’ pushes against TV’s status quo in dynamic, entertaining ways

By Jack Shelly / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

"Empire"Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on FoxFour episodes viewed for reviewAfter a brutal fall season of underperforming debuts, Fox finally has a new hit on its hands.The network’s newest primetime drama “Empire” has been the rare freshman frontrunner of ratings weekly — it debuted to 9.9 million and later n...

Warm up to new and returning TV shows with their trailers

Warm up to new and returning TV shows with their trailers

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

January 7, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television

The first weeks of January can be a dumping ground for dozens of pilots that won’t make it to February. But here’s a preview of some of the most-anticipated returning shows (and one new show) — based solely on the so-far-released trailers.“Portlandia”Returns Thursday, Jan. 8 on IFCThe sketch...

Steel City ‘Godfather’ less than convincing

Steel City ‘Godfather’ less than convincing

By Jack Shelly / For The Pitt News

December 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Television

A&E’s new reality series, “Godfather of Pittsburgh,” doesn’t have anything to do with the Mafia. The show, which premiered this month, follows the life of Allegheny County entrepreneur Vince Isoldi as he manages multiple strip clubs and a limousine business, in addition to living with his wife...

Hannibal Buress talks ‘comedic jokes,’ writing for television

Hannibal Buress talks ‘comedic jokes,’ writing for television

By Mahita Gajanan / Managing Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Culture, Television

An interview with Hannibal Buress is an intimidating prospect — after all, he eviscerated an article published by The Daily Eastern News in 2009 during a Comedy Central stand-up special in 2012. In the special, Buress mocked the piece for racist undertones and for describing his humor as “comedic jokes....

Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ brings moral urgency to LGBT television

Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ brings moral urgency to LGBT television

By Dylan Galper / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2014


Filed under Culture, Television

Society’s attitude towards the LGBT community has experienced a dramatic change over the past few decades and with it, so has our television programming. A Gallup poll from May showed that support for gay marriage has reached an all-time high at 55 percent, and state government officials are responding by striking down same-sex marriage ...

Pittsburgh Supervillain: Anthony Jeselnik talks evil persona, death and Twitter

Pittsburgh Supervillain: Anthony Jeselnik talks evil persona, death and Twitter

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under Culture, Television

Anthony Jeselnik, the man, couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. But, Anthony Jeselnik, the performer, wants that same group to hate his guts.“The persona onstage is a complete villain, who has nothing but complete disregard for the audience,” Jeselnik said...

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