Dan Gross: David B. Katz deals with Showtime

David Bar Katz: "Sober Coach" show
David Bar Katz: "Sober Coach" show
Posted: June 23, 2011

EAST FALLS native David Bar Katz has signed a deal with Showtime to co-write and executive-produce a half-hour comedy called "Sober Coach." Katz pitched the show with Denis Leary, who will produce it. Katz tells us it's about an "out-of-control addict who hires a former addict to move in with him and babysit him." He says the pair have "an 'Odd Couple' relationship." The son of reformed playboy Harry Jay Katz, David's credits include "House of Buggin' " on Fox; the theatrical and HBO show "Freak," both collaborations with John Leguizamo, and the play, "The History of Invulnerability."

On the tube

Eastern State Penitentiary will be featured on Travel Channel's "Paranormal Challenge" at 9 tomorrow night. We reported in March that the show's host, Zak Bagans, of "Ghost Adventures," spent several days shooting at the shuttered Fairmount prison, long believed to be haunted.

* Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky talks about immigration, legal and illegal, on this weekend's "Puerto Rican Panorama," with Diego Castellanos.

The 6ABC show airs at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 5 a.m. Sunday.

'Wild Thing' helps rehab house

Former Phillies closer-turned-MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams joins DIY Network's Josh Temple, host of "House Crashers," Monday to help local guy Johnny McDonald create a Phillies rec room at his home.

Shooting starts at McDonald's home and continues Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. The episode airs in fall on DIY Network and MLB Network.

TV newsman pens new book

Television news veteran Steve Cohen, a former GM at Channel 10, is just out with a book called The Newslife: From Arkansas to Aruba, about his history in television news. It's available in stores and from online retailers. Now news director at KUSI in San Diego, Cohen took a break from television a few years back and worked with fellow TV news alum John Pauly helping the Aruban government with media relations during the Natalee Holloway disappearance saga.

Out and about

Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher, his wife and their handful of children went for Father's Day dinner at the new Ralic's Steakhouse (26 S. Haddon) in Haddonfield. Hatcher had a 24-oz. porterhouse and his family caught up a bit with some friends at another table.

Fattah, Gamble & Huff feted

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia International hitmakers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and rapper-turned-radio host Lady B, born Wendy Clark, are the award recipients at IM3Media's second annual Black Music Month showcase "The Comeback: Philly Style" from 7 to 10 tomorrow night at the New Freedom Theatre (1314 N. Broad). Fattah helped introduce legislation in Congresss commemorating Black Music Month. For tickets visit im3media.com.

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