May 23, 2013 |
After more than 36 years, Rob Jennings is retiring from 6ABC at the end of July, closing out a broadcasting career of more than four decades. He joined Action News in July 1977, starting as an announcer and director, before moving on to produce Action News Crime Fighters for 16 years. It profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects. Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003. Dancing queen Kellie Pickler was the winner on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars . The 26-year-old country singer and her professional partner, Derek Hough , finished ahead of Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya , football pro Jacoby Jones , and gymnast Aly Raisman . Very funny Carol Burnett has been named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - the nation's highest humor prize.
May 23, 2013 |
LONGTIME weekend anchor Rob Jennings is retiring from 6abc after 36 years at the station. His last newscast is scheduled for July 31. Jennings said he and his wife, Karen , a former news anchor herself, wanted to retire to their home in southwest Florida while they still had time to enjoy it. "I love what I do, I love telling stories and anchoring," Jennings told me. "I've been blessed with that ability since I was 5 and my kindergarten...
May 16, 2013 |
JENKINTOWN'S Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") is bringing his wonder years to ABC this fall. His autobiographical new sitcom, "The Goldbergs," was one of a dozen new scripted series that ABC presented to advertisers in New York yesterday afternoon, and it's the one that ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee singled out more than once in a conference call with reporters. "I really adore this show," Lee said, and he's planning to promote it, along with its fanboy-friendly lead-in, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Avengers")
May 15, 2013 |
While the other networks are splashing around in the kiddie pool, ABC jumped into the shark tank at its upfront presentation Tuesday at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. The network will launch eight prime-time series, an even split of dramas and sitcoms, in the fall. It also made some major programming moves, including an all-new Tuesday night lineup, and a significant revision of Dancing With the Stars . As ABC president Paul Lee said, "We are taking some big swings . . . this season.
May 5, 2013
BOMBS HAD JUST exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The large flat-screen TV on the conference room wall at 6ABC showed images of chaos, bloodshed and strangers helping strangers. Cecily Tynan, Action News' weeknight meteorologist, walked in. She looked at the screen and was visibly moved. "Who would do this?" she asked. "It's just terrible. " Tynan, 44, a married mother of a 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, is a serious runner. She's a four-time sub-3-hour marathoner and top 10 age group finisher at the 2003 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
April 26, 2013 |
ABC's sultry prime-time hit Scandal is a quick-paced drama starring Kerry Washington as high-powered crisis manager Olivia Pope. Pope, a no-nonsense-yet-emotionally vulnerable black woman, is having a steamy affair with the white Republican president of the United States, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant, played by the guy you'll remember as the baddie from Ghost, Tony Goldwyn. It's crazy, it's dizzying, and we love it. Scandal's success this season - it ranks a strong second in its 10 p.m. time slot in total viewers ages 18 to 49 - is more than confirmation that America loves a good nighttime soap.
April 3, 2013
MY SON is 8 years old, and in all the years I've known him, he's never expressed a rooting interest in a sports team. He'd rather play than watch, and I respect that. Still, there are certain responsibilities I have as a Philadelphia father. One of them is to teach my son the rules of Philly sports culture. They're simple: You cheer for the home team, no matter what. You can be angry. You can be disappointed. But you never give your allegiance to another team. This is especially true for football fans.
March 22, 2013 |
YOU DON'T SEE people like Carita Hernandez when TV breaks on the news. But they're there. In fact, without them there wouldn't be a broadcast at all. "You may have never seen her face on 'Action News,' but you saw her work, and, as such, a part of her spirit," said Brian Taff, a news anchor at 6 ABC. Carita, who worked at the station for 32 years, was the woman in the van whose job was to take the video footage shot at the scene, edit it...
February 27, 2013 |
HOW DO WE prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative in 2012 to answer this question. And it's as simple as the ABC'S: A spirin for risk reduction. B lood-pressure control. C holesterol-lowering. S moking cessation. Since February is Heart Month, this is a great time for Philadelphia to start working on its share of the goal - preventing 5,000 heart attacks and strokes among city residents by 2017.
February 14, 2013
* ZERO HOUR. 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 ABC. ANTHONY Edwards has already had his dream trip around the world. Starting Thursday, he'll be crisscrossing the planet on a journey dreamed up by "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring in pursuit of mysterious bad guys in ABC's "Zero Hour. " More than a decade after he left "ER" - where Edwards, now 50, earned enough millions to make spending more time with the family an activity that at one point involved traveling the world for a year with his wife, their four children and a couple of teachers - the actor's back on television.