Q: In a TV ad, WTAE CEO Wolfertz said that Channel 4 will be showing four Penguins games this year, but he hasn’t said what those games are. What are the four Penguins games and when is Channel 4 bringing them?
— Georgina, Greensburg
rob: At first I thought that what Georgine was describing might be a one-off, similar to WTAE long simulcast games of Monday Night Football sourced from ESPN.
But it turns out there are actually six games that will air on ABC, according to WTAE, as part of the overall deal ABC parent company Disney has with the NHL that will bring games to Disney-owned platforms EPSN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC brings.
Penguins games on ABC – and by extension WTAE – are February 25 at 1:00 p.m. (vs. the St. Louis Blues), March 11 at 3:30 p.m. (vs. the Philadelphia Flyers), March 18 at 1 p.m. March at 8:00 p.m. (vs. New York Rangers) and March at 20:00 p.m. 25 (vs. Washington Capitals), April 1 3:30 p.m. (vs. Boston Bruins) and April 8 8:00 p.m. (vs. Detroit Red wings).
Q: Sometimes I want to hear the Steelers games broadcast on the radio instead of the TV announcers. The problem is that the radio show is about 20 seconds ahead of the CBS show. I’ve also tried the web feed on the team website and it’s better but not great. Any suggestions?
– Avi, Greenfield
rob: If you have a DVR, it’s best to pause the game for 20 seconds and then it will sync to the radio.
Q: Anytime a TV show or movie is filmed in the city, the media is usually all over the place. Anyway, me Not I saw a local station promoting the documentary Tree of Life Synagogue which is currently airing on HBO. Given that local talent Michael Keaton and Billy Porter were involved, and given that WTAE-TV’s Janelle Hall can be seen in a scene asking a question at a post-shooting press conference, you’d think that local news outlets for the Show would advertise .
You certainly Not ignores shows filmed here for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. And they don’t ignore movies shot here either. Check out all the hype surrounding the Mister Rogers movie. Filming here was a major international news event and the documentation of it is equally newsworthy. Any thoughts?
– Yeah, Pittsburgh
rob: Often this coverage comes when the film/TV show is in town during production, roads are closed, etc. A documentary crew is small and doesn’t have the same impact as a film or scripted series. A documentary also lacks well-known stars, which is partly why the scripted content is covered. And I guess few people in town knew the documentary was in production when it was filmed here.
When a television series debuts, television networks rarely broadcast programs that are not broadcast on their own network (locally produced theatrical films and streaming shows are not considered direct competition).
It also didn’t help that HBO only announced the airdate two weeks in advance, and I doubt HBO even proposed a story to local stations. I’m not trying to suggest that local channels shouldn’t have covered it – if any channel still had a reporter there would be a more obvious place for such coverage, which the film would have deserved – I’m just saying it’s apples and oranges to locally produced ones Compare scripted content to a locally shot documentary.
Q: I read your report that the CW series “Stargirl” will end after the current season, which is understandable because it is very weak. Have you heard anything about The CW’s reboot of “Kung Fu” though?
— Jon, via email
rob: I think most (if not all) of the scripted shows on The CW are a long shot for renewal because they’re all too expensive for what the new owners are willing to pay for programming.
Here’s what Perry Sook, CEO of Nexstar, which struck a deal to buy The CW earlier this fall, had to say about the current programs on The CW, most of which are produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount Global: “Warner and Paramount are not excluded from selling programs to us. It just has to be a financial deal that we like. And maybe there are a few shows that stand out this year that we’d like to hold off until next year.”
Unless the producing studio and Nexstar reach a financial agreement on individual shows, it’s likely that few – if any – of the current CW programs will be renewed for the 2023-24 TV season.
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