July 28, 2013 |
Jenny McCarthy is not necessarily a bad person. Yet when Barbara Walters announced recently that the anti-vaccination advocate would become the newest cohost of ABC's daytime talk show The View , my scientific colleagues and I cringed. McCarthy's hiring and the reaction to the news were the talk of our vaccine research lab. My coworkers initially laughed at the absurdity of the announcement but eventually settled into a state of unease. Sherri Shepherd of The View had this to say about her new cohost: "Jenny McCarthy is fearless.
June 25, 2013 |
BURIED DEEP in the bowels of the 6ABC complex, at City Avenue and Monument Road, is a heavily guarded room that contains the mounted heads of the dozens (if not scores) of executives who, during the past 35 years, have come to Philadelphia determined to knock that station from its perch as the market's dominant provider of television news. OK, that isn't true. But the point is, even if it were, that wouldn't keep Anzio Williams from being the latest to challenge "Action News," whose decades-long death grip on the hearts, minds and eyeballs of local residents is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry.
June 21, 2013 |
Sam Katz believes Philadelphians need to know "who they are and how they got to where they are today" as they work to shape their city's future. Katz, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor three times, has spent the last 10 years documenting the city's history in a series of films under the heading Philadelphia: The Great Experiment . At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC will broadcast episode four, "The Fight: 1965-1978," chronicling some of the city's...
June 20, 2013 |
Every once in a while, a new fitness craze enters the scene that participants swear by. It was step aerobics in the '80s, kickboxing and spinning in the '90s, Zumba at the dawn of the new millennium, and now Bokwa. If you haven't heard of Bokwa yet, just wait - it's coming to a gym near you. Urging participants to "sweat the alphabet, dance the digits," the routine that is based on tracing letters, numbers, and shapes with your feet has devotees that span the decades - senior citizens, even 4-year-olds.
June 4, 2013 |
* THE FOSTERS. 9 tonight, ABC Family. * MISTRESSES. 10 tonight, 6ABC. "ADULTERY is in at ABC," declares the Parents Television Council, which is, as usual, a little hot under the collar, this time over a show called "Mistresses," which premieres on the network tonight. ABC should probably blurb that, because it sounds a lot more exciting than my saying, "Adultery is dull at ABC. " Which it is. Grindingly, soul-suckingly dull. That's something I don't remember feeling about the British original, a guilty pleasure whose first couple of seasons, at least, were supremely watchable, with performances that rose above the occasionally improbable plots.
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.