Dan Gross: Susan Barnett on 'The Talk'

Posted: June 28, 2011

CBS 3 ANCHOR Susan Barnett guest hosts "The Talk" on Friday.

She'll join West Philly native Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Sara Gilbert on the nationally broadcast show that airs here at 2 p.m. weekdays on CBS3.

Each day this week a CBS anchor from a major market will co-host. Barnett, who is expecting her third child, co-anchors CBS3's 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts with Chris May, and Eyewitness News at 10 on the CW Philly with Dave Huddleston.

Onion collects

for injured editor

The Onion, a popular humor paper and Website with two TV shows as part of its brand, has established a fund soliciting donations from the public to help local Onion arts and entertainment editor Emily Guendelsberger with her medical bills.

The Onion does not provide health insurance to Guendelsberger, 27, who suffered a broken leg and bruising during an attack Saturday night near Broad and Spring Garden by a mob of wilding urban youth hellbent on violence and vandalism.

We asked an Onion spokeswoman what, if anything, the company would contribute to her bills.

"We can't divulge any details surrounding the compensation or benefits packages of our employees," said Onion spokeswoman Anne Finn. "We will say that when we heard about the events that transpired, we were shocked and saddened. Our hearts immediately went out to Emily and we wanted to leave the option for people to help her," Finn continued.

Nonetheless, while Guendelsberger, a former Daily News copy editor, remains hospitalized, donations are pouring into "The A.V. Club's Emily Guendelsberger Fund" set up to accept PayPal funds to MGilmer@avclub.com.

The local edition of the Onion, which is full of fake news but real entertainment coverage, which Guendelsberger oversees, is published in partnership with Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com. PMN spoksman Mark Block would not say if the company would contribute, but said the company "Is supportive of our employees contributing," to the Onion's PayPal account.

Locals on 'Hell's Kitchen'

Three local chefs will feel the wrath and profanity of chef Gordon Ramsay in the ninth season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," which premieres at 8 p.m. July 18.

Darby's Monterray Keys, 34, whose signature dish is pan-seared sea bass, Hatboro's Chino Chang, 39, who favors Korean BBQ beef, and Cape May consultant Gina Melcher and her preferred dish of pistachio scallops, will face off with 15 other contestants in the cooking competition.

'Bad Girl' back in 'Single' play

"Bad Girls Club" star turned real-life bad girl (according to Philadelphia Police) Cat Washington reprises her role in playwright Kash Goins' "Single Black Female," July 22 and 23 at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). The new musical stage play "Single Black Female" opened to an enthusiastic audience during its debut at The DuPont Theatre in Wilmington in May. Goins is working with Eagles center Jamaal Jackson on GoKash Productions and the pair have assembled a cast including Carol Riddick. Washington recently finished shooting "Must be the Music," with director Charles S. Dutton. For info or tickets visit gokashproductions.com

Out and about

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actor Charlie Day, who will also be seen in "Horrible Bosses," out July 8, was part of a large dinner party Sunday at Davio's (111 S. 17th) where Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen also dined with a female companion.

Scooter rally for Hanks' film

If you see a throng of scooter riders today between Philadelphia Scooters (1733 E. Passyunk) and the Ritz Five (214 Walnut) it's likely to be the rally held to promote "Larry Crowne," the new Tom Hanks film with Julia Roberts that opens Friday. Scooter enthusiasts will ride between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and if you upload a picture of the riders at philadelphiascooters.com you could win tickets to the film in which Hanks' character joins a community college scooter gang.

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