Locals galore at NBC
The new season of NBC, to be announced today, is chock-full of locals. Upper Darby's Tina Fey created "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," starring Ellie Kemper, of "The Office," as a woman rescued from a cult. Malvern's Adam McKay reteams with good buddy Will Ferrell to bring you "Bad Judge," starring Kate Walsh ("Private Practice") as a judge with a wild-child streak. (Walsh has been a welcome comedic voice on FX's "Fargo," so it'll be nice to see her expand her range.) On-screen, Cherry Hill's Cristin Milioti (the mother of "How I Met Your Mother") will star in relationship comedy "A to Z," while Philly's Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") will star alongside Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard in "State of Affairs." For more on the NBC slate, see Page 29.
* In other TV news, Villanova-raised comedian Neal Brennan ("Chappelle's Show") will host the game show "The Approval Matrix" on the Sundance Channel. It's set to premiere in July.
National Public Radio announced its new CEO last week. Lo and behold, Jarl Mohn is a Temple grad. Media vet Mohn studied math and philosophy. Before joining up with NPR, Mohn worked at MTV and VH1 and served as CEO of E!
Fox 29 shift changes
Fox 29's Kerry Barrett will have to set her alarm a little earlier when she returns from maternity leave. I hear the former nighttime anchor is moving to "Good Day Philadelphia." She'll anchor with Chris Murphy from 4 to 7 a.m. and report from 7 to 10 a.m. Barrett was named evening anchor in 2012.
Karen Hepp, who currently occupies the slot that Barrett will take over, will move to the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts as a reporter.
No word on who will replace Barrett, but there are rumblings of big announcements in the works over at Fox, which still needs to name a replacement for Sheinelle Jones, of "Good Day Philadelphia." Barrett is on maternity leave after giving birth to John Barrett IV last month. There's no definite date for Barrett's return back to the Fox 29 fold, but I hear she'll be back in the summer.
OUT AND ABOUT
* Eagles backup QB Mark Sanchez stopped by Del Frisco's (1426-28 Chestnut St.) for a bite on Saturday night. I hear the pigskin heartthrob left quite a nice tip.
* Larry Mendte and Dawn Stensland were spotted celebrating Mother's Day on the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise.
* Fashion designer Zac Posen stopped by Positano Coast (212 Walnut St.) on Wednesday. The "Project Runway" judge dined with model Anna Cleveland, the daughter of trailblazer beauty Pat Cleveland. Posen, who enjoyed the Positano Raw Bar, the grilled sepia, octopus and scallops, the sea urchin pasta and a dessert sampler, was in town for the 58th annual Daisy Day Luncheon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Thursday. The Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored runway event, opened by the stunning Anna, raised $1.7 million for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
* Former Phillies announcer Gary Matthews was spotted at Bliss (220 S. Broad St.). Several patrons asked to see Sarge's World Series ring and Matthews (who dined on fried oysters and sipped Stella Artois) was happy to oblige.
* Wendy Williams stopped by Geno's Steaks (1219 S. 9th St.) on her "How You Doin' America?" tour, after guest-hosting "Good Day Philadelphia." Williams ordered a cheesesteak "wiz wit" and french fries, even got on the grill with Geno's longtime cheesesteak-ateer, Jeffrey Beres.
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