August 24, 2015
SCHOOL spirit has a whole different meaning for Monica Ten-Kate, who's working her way through Penn State, delivering one message from the dearly departed at a time. This week, the 21-year-old communications major from northern Virginia begins starring in "Monica the Medium" (8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family), a docu-series that follows her around Happy Valley as she juggles school with a calling that doesn't always mesh with her class schedule. She spoke with Ellen Gray about discovering what she believes to be her gift, her mother's fears and how strangers react when she approaches them with a "message" from a loved one. Have you always been a medium?
June 29, 2015 |
Why does the education-funding formula now being debated in Harrisburg matter? Pennsylvania is one of just three states in the country that lack such a formula, a situation that has led, experts say, to the single most inequitable system of allocating education dollars in the nation. But that might change if a proposal by a bipartisan commission created during the Corbett administration is adopted. In virtually every state, legislated formulas govern how education dollars are divvied up, often solving for differences in districts' ability to pay for their students' educations.
June 5, 2015 |
CHANNEL 6's Kenneth Moton is trading in his "Action News" hat for a Nationals' cap, as he's headed to the nation's capital. "Kenneth Moton is following his dreams of being a network news correspondent, as he moves on to ABC NewsOne, in Washington, D.C.," said an "Action News" spokesman. "NewsOne provides news coverage for all of the ABC stations across the country, including WPVI. We will miss his passion and journalistic talents, but we're thrilled to keep him in the ABC family.
June 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
June 2, 2015 |
* UNREAL. 10 tonight. Lifetime. * THE WHISPERS. 10 tonight, 6ABC. IT'S HARD to get more cynical about TV matchmaking than the tweeting fans who've made "The Bachelor" buzz-worthy long past its sell-by date. But Lifetime's new "UnReal" manages it. A soap opera set behind the scenes of a show, "Everlasting," that looks very much like the ABC standard, "UnReal" stars Shiri Appleby ("Roswell") as Rachel, a troubled young producer whose talent for manipulating contestants is only a smidgen stronger than her self-loathing.
May 29, 2015 |
Extreme situations and extreme behavior mark two fascinating if flawed new dramas: ABC's seriously creepy The Whispers , a thriller about sweet lil' kids who kill, and HBO's Nightingale , a one-man film starring Selma 's David Oyelowo. An X-Files -ish sci-fi procedural carefully calibrated to twist your mind, The Whispers premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. The first episode opens with the attempted murder of a suburban hausfrau by her daughter Harper (Abby Ryder Fortson)
May 14, 2015 |
THE MUPPETS and Don Johnson will both be back on TV this fall, but ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee doesn't want millennials to be scared. "This is not kind of your grandmother's Muppets. Not the old Muppets," Lee told reporters in a conference call yesterday to discuss the network's 2015-16 schedule, a few hours before unveiling it to advertisers in New York. "The Muppets," which will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, will be a mockumentary-style comedy from Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory")
April 8, 2015 |
WHEN Diane Sawyer stepped away from the "ABC Nightly News," we assumed it was to do more hard-hitting, in-depth reporting on the big issues plaguing our society. Who knew she'd start with the biggest. Bruce Jenner . ABC announced yesterday that Sawyer and Jenner will chat for two hours - TWO hours! - in a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" that will air April 24 at 9 p.m. Far-ranging? Will they discuss the former gold-medal decathlete's javelin technique? Will Bruce even still have a javelin?
March 5, 2015 |
* AMERICAN CRIME. 10 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC. TOMORROW night, ABC will try to get away with much more than murder. Moving into the time slot where Viola Davis ruled in a deliriously over-the-top, hashtag-friendly mystery that wrapped up its first season last week, is "American Crime," an 11-episode limited series that is, apparently quite deliberately, neither of those things. Created at ABC's behest by John Ridley, whose commission came before his Oscar for writing "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime" starts, as so many TV dramas do, with the discovery of a body.
February 27, 2015 |
Everyone knows crime rates go up with the temperature, so it's no wonder networks are anticipating the spring thaw with a fistful of new procedurals. ABC and CBS go head to head Sunday, with two movie-star-powered if very different offerings. Secrets & Lies from ABC is an eminently serious, disturbing, and always absorbing mystery about a child murder in the heart of suburbia. CBS goes for laughs with Battle Creek , a wonderfully off-kilter, mildly surreal satire featuring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Janet McTeer . We are all sinners Adapted from the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy. He's the suspect, she the morally righteous, obsessive detective convinced of his guilt.