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.
January 16, 2015 |
* GALAVANT. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. PASADENA, Calif. - TV producers are used to getting notes from networks and studios: suggestions, helpful or not, from the people who pay the bills. "Galavant" creator Dan Fogelman's lately been getting love notes. "They gave us a lot of leeway," said Fogelman, of ABC's approach to "Galavant," a musical-comedy filmed in Britain. It's probably coincidence that Fogelman, a Penn grad who earlier created ABC's aliens-in-New Jersey comedy "The Neighbors" and is a screenwriter ("The Guilt Trip," "Crazy, Stupid, Love")
November 6, 2014 |
I'M THE FIRST person to admit when I am wrong and, boy, was I wrong. Sources had told me that 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick asked the station to take a leave of absence after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was accused of sexual assault in September. But McCormick's leave, which lasted about 3 1/2 weeks, was actually due to a tumor. On her personal Facebook account, sources tell me, McCormick wrote two posts. The first, in early October, was posted after her surgery, thanking her doctors and assuring friends that she was recovering quite nicely with the help of her dog, Gigi , and husband, Marsico.
November 4, 2014 |
AMY BUCKMAN is leaving 6ABC after 25 years at the station. The Lower Merion High School graduate, who grew up in Wynnewood, started at Channel 6 as a producer in 1989. Buckman told me that the station offered her another contract but she had been thinking for a while about changing gears. "My husband, Terry , is very supportive of my decision and I'm already enjoying spending weekends at home and being able to watch my youngest son's sporting events," Buckman said. Buckman added that she is looking forward to taking some time off, but will be ready to go back to work when the right opportunity presents itself.
September 25, 2014 |
* BLACK-ISH. 9:30 tonight, 6ABC. SOMETIMES the best way to tell a universal story about family is to be as specific as possible. TV writers writing what they (and their stars) knew rather than what they'd already seen on television have brought us comedies like "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The Goldbergs" and even "Louie," where Louis C.K.'s picture of divorced parenthood has added nuance to that old "dads who date" genre. Which brings us to "Black-ish," the newest addition to ABC's Wednesday nights and one of several new shows the network's English-born entertainment chief, Paul Lee, sees as part of his mission to "reflect America.
September 24, 2014 |
BY ALL accounts, 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick is a fantastic reporter and wonderful woman, and it's a shame what's happening to her. Sources tell me that McCormick asked the station for some time off after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was charged with sexual assault stemming from an August incident. A rep from 6ABC said that the station does not comment on personnel matters. McCormick is a part-time employee at 6ABC and does not have a regular schedule.
September 12, 2014 |
TODAY, as with so many of our days, Clout's attention turns to the cold hard cash of politics. Case in point: A new Quinnipiac University Poll that tells an old and sad story for Gov. Corbett . Democrat Tom Wolf leads Corbett by 24 points, 59 percent to 35 percent with fewer than eight weeks until the Nov. 4 general election. That matches up with the results of other recent polls, including the Aug. 28 Daily News / Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The Quinnipiac pollsters asked Wolf supporters if they were voting for him or against Corbett.
August 8, 2014 |
6ABC's Adam Joseph announced the birth of his first child yesterday, and for the first time publicly acknowledged his partner of five years, Karl . Joseph and Karl welcomed baby Jacob at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday. Jacob weighed in at 9 pounds 1 ounce, and 21 inches long. "While I believe every person reading this article should respect others' privacy, I decided to share this personal moment for my son," Joseph told me. "I want my son to be proud of both his fathers. From the day he was born, I want him to understand that families come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
July 16, 2014 |
IT SEEMS Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" late-night bit has become reality on his own network, ABC. Mayor Nutter yesterday released the findings of his analysis of the controversial language used by some artists at the Wawa Welcome America concert on July Fourth, a family-friendly event broadcast live on 6ABC. Rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, Nutter said, used inappropriate language, and Nutter apologized to viewers and concertgoers who were offended.