Dan Gross: Local sibs Sonia & Amit Bhalla on 'outsourced'

Posted: September 21, 2010

PENN VALLEY native siblings Sonia and Amit Bhalla are working on NBC's new comedy "Outsourced," which premieres at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sonia, first assistant director on the show, which takes place in a call center in India, graduated from Harriton High in 1987 and was the second assistant director under "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman. She's also worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, M. Night Shyamalan and Ron Howard.

Amit, a writer for "Outsourced," was graduated from Harriton in 1998, Michigan in 2002 and USC's Peter Stark Producing Program. The Bhallas can be found strolling Santa Monica, Calif., wearing Eagles and Phillies gear.

N.J. kid on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Blackwood, N.J.'s, Nick Martino will be seen on several episodes of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Martino, 15, is a student at Highland High School and plays Pius D'Alessio, the youngest of the D'Alessio brothers, a fictional Philadelphia family of bootleggers, on the series, which stars Steve Buscemi and is set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City.

Oprah visit is news to Temple

Oprah Winfrey just gave $1 million to Mastery Charter School. But contrary to an E! News report that the talk-show queen would bring a group of students from her South African Leadership Academy to visit Temple University, a Temple spokesman told us yesterday that Winfrey's show has not contacted the university about a visit.

Out and about

* Comedienne Wanda Sykes joined her wife Alex and two other women for dinner Sunday at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. The couple, who live in Media, Delaware County, are the mothers to 18-month-old twins.

* Phillies reliever Jose Contreras finally

took J.C. Romero's advice and stopped by Talk of the Town (3020 S. Broad) for a cheesesteak. Romero's a regular, and

Contreras could become one.

* Braves pitcher Derek Lowe and wife

Carolyn popped into Davio's (111 S. 17th) for dinner Sunday, where they had

cheesesteak spring rolls, calamari, and steaks. The couple, who shared a bottle of red wine, told staff they plan to visit the new Davio's in Atlanta.

Band records at funeral home

We last told you about local band Spin when Spin magazine tried to force the group to change its name. The band refused. Now the group is debuting its first full-length release, "Believe," on Sept. 28 and playing a party Oct. 30 at the Grape Street (4100 Main). It was recorded at a South Philadelphia funeral home that asked the band not to reveal its name.

Hear them at spinrocks.com.

Judge signing books

Judge Glenda Hatchett, a/k/a TV's "Judge Hatchett," signs copies of her new book, "Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose," at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the African American Museum (7th & Arch).

Former anchor still on camera

"You can take the guy out of TV, but not the TV out of the guy," says former WB-17 anchor Scott Engler, now hosting Web videos for Executive Board, a corporate training company with offices around the world. Engler is helping the company and its clients with media training. You can see his webisodes at cebviews.com. Search his name.

Local couple could win 10G

Good luck to Collegeville's Elizabeth and Nick Todorov, who compete for $10,000 Friday in Pyrex's "America's Hottest Culinary Couple" contest at Battery Park in New York. The couple would also win $500 in Pyrex products and their own online cooking series.

"Sex and the City" and "Dancing with the Stars" hunk Gilles Marini will judge the offerings of the Todorovs and a few other couples.

Liz says the couple plan to incorporate Bulgarian, Hungarian and Italian flavors into whatever it is they make on Friday.

Ronnie's release

"Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas

Ever," which the "Be My Baby" singer recorded in June at Bobby Eli's Studio E (8498 Lansdowne) in Upper Darby, will be released Nov. 9.

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