May 15, 2014 |
ANSWER: Shonday. Question: What comes after Wednesday on ABC this fall? Shonda Rhimes, the producer of ABC's addictive soaps "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," will finish her conquest of ABC's Thursday nights when those dramas move an hour earlier to make way for the newest Shondaland production, the legal thriller "How to Get Away with Murder," at 10. Written by Peter Nowalk, who's worked for Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers on...
May 15, 2014 |
VIOLA DAVIS won't be taking up residence in Philadelphia any time soon. The Philadelphia-set ABC show "How to Get Away with Murder," created by Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal"), was scheduled to shoot in the city but will now relocate to Los Angeles. The show, starring the Academy Award-nominated Davis, is still set in Philadelphia and the pilot, which will premiere in a block after Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" in the fall, will still feature scenes from our fair city.
April 25, 2014 |
* BLACK BOX. 10 tonight, 6ABC. * BAD TEACHER. 9:30 tonight, CBS3. WHO'S funnier: a brilliant, bipolar doctor who's occasionally off her meds or a hard-drinking, pot-smoking middle-school teacher with no qualifications whatsoever? CBS hopes you'll pick "Bad Teacher," its new sitcom starring Ari Graynor as gold-digging divorcee Meredith Davis, who in tonight's premiere flirts her way into a job teaching social studies. But ABC might unintentionally have hit the funny jackpot with "Black Box," its new medical drama starring Kelly Reilly ("Heaven Is for Real")
April 24, 2014 |
6ABC SPORTS reporter Jamie Apody welcomed her second son, Chase Alexander Coleman , early Saturday morning. Little Chase came in at 7 pounds and 20 inches long. This is Apody's second son with husband Paul Coleman . Their first child, Tanner , is 21 months old and seems to be taking a shining to the new addition to the Coleman-Apody family. Regular column readers know that there's been quite the baby parade at the news stations lately, including Apody's colleague, Nydia Han , and Fox 29's Kerry Barrett welcoming new babies this month.
April 17, 2014 |
* A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT. 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. "DYING matriarch" might not sound like a dream role for an actress in her 50s, but Whoopi Goldberg's not complaining. "The View" co-host stars in Lifetime's adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short , in which she's playing Viola Price, who, on learning that her next asthma attack will probably be her last, decides that it's time to straighten out her muddled family, which includes a straying husband (Ving Rhames)
April 16, 2014 |
CONGRATULATIONS to 6ABC's Nydia Han , who gave birth to her second child, Harris Han Reilly , on April 4. Harris joins Han's daughter, Sabine , who was born in 2012. 6ABC has seen quite a few babies as of late. Ducis Rodgers welcomed a second son, Dylan , in early January, while Alicia Vitarelli became a first-time mama to Priscilla later in the month (follow Vitarelli on Instagram @AliciaVitarelli for some adorable baby pics). That leaves Jamie Apody , who announced she is expecting her second child in November.
March 11, 2014 |
MOUNT AIRY-raised comedian Paul F. Tompkins is making moves into sitcoms. He'll star in an ABC pilot, playing Teddy, a father who moves his family from the city to New Hampshire to open up tourist cottages. He'll star alongside "Saturday Night Live" vet Molly Shannon . You might have caught Tompkins on HBO's cult classic "Mr. Show with Bob and David" or IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang" or as a voice on Fox's "Bob's Burgers. " Lauren Hart back on TV Lauren Hart , who used to co-host NBC's "10!
March 7, 2014 |
* COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29, FX, NatGeo and other Fox-affiliated channels. * RESURRECTION. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. A RECENT National Science Foundation survey of 2,200 Americans found that about one in four got this question wrong: "Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?" So if you're wondering why it was important for Fox - yes, Fox - to turn over a chunk of weekly prime time to science education in the form of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a better question might be: Can 13 weeks possibly be enough?
February 19, 2014 |
6ABC WENT DOWN to Texas for its newest hire, bringing up Sharrie Williams from CBS11 in Dallas. Williams will join the 5 p.m. broadcast as an anchor and the 11 p.m. as a general assignment reporter. But calm down, Monica Malpass / Rick Williams fans! There's no lineup change in the works. Instead, a rep from 6ABC tells me that Williams will augment the team already in place, much as Alicia Vitarelli does for the 4 p.m. newscast. (Vitarelli is, of course, on maternity leave after giving birth to Priscilla Isabelle last month.)
February 6, 2014 |
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.