June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
December 13, 2015 |
Here's something I thought I'd never say again: You should watch Syfy. Basic cable's genre specialist made a name for itself a decade ago with the beloved space epic Battlestar Galactica . Recently, it had all but alienated its core audience with a slew of low-rent programming. But it seems the network has finally heard our cries. On Monday, it will kick off two dramas bound to fire up hardcore fans: first, Childhood's End , a brainy three-night mini-series based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel that provides a new twist to the alien invasion story.
April 17, 2015 |
The microscope you can buy with a billion-dollar budget must give a lot better view of things than basic cable. That's the only way to explain what 76ers managing owner Josh Harris witnessed over the course of the first 81 games this season. Before coach Brett Brown was forced to send one more talent-deprived lineup out on the Wells Fargo Center court for the final game of the season against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, Harris sat down in front of a bank of microphones and a pool of reporters to give his state-of-the-team address.
September 24, 2014
ISSUE | TONY AUTH Divisive caricatures At the risk of interrupting the recent hagiography of Tony Auth, I recall his consistently insulting and simplistic caricatures of people of faith and political conservatives ("A witness to Auth's genius," Sept. 21). While he was often insightful and his talent was undeniable, in my opinion he also contributed to our nation's culture of political invective and partisanship. |Andy Horvath, Towson, Md., firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE | COMCAST Basic cable offering UPDATE : Comcast reported on Wednesday that, as of July, PCN was moved into its basic cable tier. What does it say about Comcast's claim to good public service that the only cable station carrying Monday's gubernatorial debate between Gov. Corbett and Tom Wolf was Comcast's channel 186 in its extra-cost service tier?
May 23, 2014
CONSUMERS UNION hates Kabletown, thinks it's too big already and wants it to grow no more. Nonprofit Consumers Union says it works to make for a "fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers. " Kabletown is what Comcast was called on Tina Fey's brilliant "30 Rock," the title being shorthand for the headquarters of NBC Universal, which Comcast bought from GE. Yes, Philadelphia's Comcast. Wednesday morning, when Comcast held its annual shareholders meeting at the Kimmel Center, Consumers Union and other big-is-bad groups planned to crash it to protest Comcast's proposal to swallow Time Warner.
January 29, 2013 |
Philip and Elizabeth have an arranged marriage. The matchmaker was a colonel in the KGB. For 16 years, they've been living as husband and wife, prototypical suburban parents (in other words, child chauffeurs) in Falls Church, Va. But they're also on call as highly trained covert operatives for the Soviet Union. That's the premise of The Americans , a bold and exciting new series on FX (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.). Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as the couple leading a double life.
December 3, 2012 |
Heavy flows the nog. While conventional TV goes into hibernation every December, an ever-expanding catalogue of holiday-themed movies and specials fills the void. Two channels in particular - Hallmark and ABC Family - always seem to stockpile enough new made-for-TV movies to light up primetime through the entire yuletide season. It's like having a pair of Advent calendars to open every night. Even Lifetime gets into the act in December, with a stocking full of original movies like Finding Mrs. Claus and The Real St. Nick . (Of course, as soon as the holiday is over, Lifetime reverts to its trademark programming: TV movies about women who are either victims or perpetrators of incredibly heinous crimes.)
October 17, 2012
IN THE REGION National Penn to move headquarters National Penn Bancshares Inc. will move its headquarters and 275 managers and staff to Allentown from its longtime home in Boyertown, Berks County. National Penn will also open a new back office on Broadcasting Road in Reading to employ 125, while an additional 150 workers will stay in Boyertown. The bank holding company, with 120 branches, picked Allentown for its headquarters because it is now second-largest bank in the Lehigh Valley, said Scott V. Fainor, its chief executive.
July 20, 2012 |
AMC's "Mad Men" and FX's "American Horror Story" tied Thursday for the most Emmy nominations, with 17 apiece. But the two basic cable shows won't be facing each other in the competition for outstanding drama. Because while you might have thought both were regular series, the FX show, taking advantage, perhaps, of its anthology format, is competing in the movies and miniseries category, up against HBO's "Game Change," the History Channel's "Hatfields & McCoys," HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn," BBC America's "Luther" and PBS' "Masterpiece" presentation "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.