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.
February 8, 2013
Local television station 6ABC, part of Walt Disney Co., is streaming news and entertainment to 200 taxis in the Philadelphia area and has agreements to add 400 taxis in the market, station general manager Bernie Prazenica said. NBC10, owned by Comcast Corp., disclosed this week plans to equip 1,200 Philadelphia taxis with video screens, up from about 100 taxis a year ago, to broaden its TV audience. NBC10 estimates that the 1,200 taxis will deliver about 500,000 advertising impressions a month.
January 27, 2013 |
Never can say goodbye. I always get so sentimental watching the grand finales of TV series. Maybe because they use everything but grappling hooks to tug on your heartstrings. This week, we bid a dewy adieu to so many shows there are still tear stains on my Superman Snuggie. On Private Practice , we got not one but two weddings. Ah, Addison, happy at last. And just about every other possible couple on the show pledged their undying love. This was the Noah's Ark of romantic finales.
January 9, 2013 |
Even in its glory days, Monday Night Football on ABC climbed only to fourth in prime-time ratings in the 1998-99 TV season. Some years in the 1970s, Monday Night Football did not even crack the top 20. This year, NBC's lushly produced Sunday Night Football , which opens with country star Faith Hill belting out "I've been waiting all day for Sunday night," is expected to lead broadcast TV with the highest average viewership and...
January 8, 2013
* "DECEPTION. " 10 p.m. Monday, NBC10. "REVENGE. " "Scandal. " And now "Deception. " I'm not sure who's naming TV shows these days - perhaps the same people who christen perfumes? - but if you're trying to distinguish NBC's new drama about Rich and Powerful People With Secrets from the ones that are already on ABC, the title "Deception" is probably not going to be much help. Which could be the point. Like the covers of paperbacks at the airport, a generic-sounding title may signal fans of a certain kind of prime-time soap that what's inside is meant for them.
December 30, 2012 |
WENCHI, Ethiopia - The children in this village wear filthy, ragged clothes. They sleep beside cows and sheep in huts made of sticks and mud. They have no school. Yet they all can chant the English alphabet, and some can make words. The key to their success: 20 tablet computers dropped off in their village in February by a U.S. group called One Laptop Per Child. The goal is to find out whether kids using today's technology can teach themselves to read in places where no schools or teachers exist.