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July 3, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez and Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writers
CBS3 will rotate morning news anchor Ukee Washington into its nighttime newscasts in a sweeping reorganization of on-air talent, the ratings-challenged TV station confirmed Wednesday. Washington, who will start in the new role July 13, will be joined by Jessica Dean, who is currently a co-anchor. Kate Bilo will do the weather. CBS3 disclosed the new team a day after the station's general manager, Brien Kennedy, fired three of his top TV news personalities: nighttime anchor Chris May, meteorologist Kathy Orr, and sports anchor Beasley Reece.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF & ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Staff Writers dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THERE WERE MORE changes yesterday at CBS3, which on Tuesday let go three of its biggest on-air names: anchor Chris May, chief meteorologist Kathy Orr and sports director Beasley Reece. Starting July 13, longtime morning anchor Ukee Washington will replace May as co-anchor, with Jessica Dean, of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS3 and the 10 p.m. newscast on CW57, a station spokeswoman said yesterday. Meteorologist Carol Erickson, who has been with the station on and off since 1978, was offered a new contract but has decided to leave to, in her words, "focus on my commitment to animal welfare in the region.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
'When animals attack . . . " is both the name of one of those ridiculous docu-specials Fox used to run, drawing an audience in with salacious footage of nonhumans going berserk, and the premise of Zoo , the adaptation of the James Patterson novel of the same name. Perhaps those Fox specials had more depth than this CBS summer offering, which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mad Men 's James Wolk plays Jackson Oz, a guy with the kind of name that exists only in paperback airplane thrillers.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writerdehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
New management at CBS3 has axed three of the station's biggest on-air names - Beasley Reece, Kathy Orr and Chris May. Just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, "Eyewitness News" anchor May tweeted: "I've anchored my last broadcast at CBS3. Hope to see you all again. " A source close to the station informed me Tuesday that the station's new general manager has been on a mission to "turn things around" because of unsatisfactory ratings, and that people are being let go left and right. A spokeswoman at Channel 3 confirmed for me that May, weatherwoman Kathy Orr and lead sports anchor Beasley Reese are no longer with the station.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
NEW YORK - Bradley Cooper will be back on TV this fall. The Jenkintown native will appear in the series premiere of "Limitless," a new CBS drama inspired by the 2011 movie in which Cooper starred, the network's entertainment president, Nina Tassler, announced yesterday. Cooper is an executive producer on the show and his character will recur, "subject to his availability. " Also back, on a different night: former "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, who'll return Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Here comes the nerd squad!" This is how forensic scientist Gil Grissom is greeted as he arrives at a crime scene in the pilot episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in October 2000. Spoken by a couple of macho cavemen cops, the word nerd was meant to be derisory, but Gil wore it as a badge of honor during the nine seasons he was the top nerd on the CBS procedural, a tenure ending in 2009. CSI wasn't unlike most cop shows: Its heroes didn't pack guns and handcuffs, but tweezers and test tubes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
CBS's Logan back in hospital Lara Logan of 60 Minutes is back in a Washington hospital, the network said Tuesday, for complications from her sexual assault while covering Egypt's political uprising in 2011.   Jayoncé buy Philly crib? Um, no . . . Jenny DeHuff of the Daily News reports that Jay-Z and Beyoncé have not , contrary to rumoroids, bought a pricey pad at 500 Walnut, no matter what overheated real-estate reports say.   Sounds worth preserving The Library of Congress just announced its annual National Recording Registry inclusions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN. 12:37 a.m. weeknights, CBS3.   I'M NO statistician, but men named James who were born between 1967 and 1978 seem to have had a slightly better chance than the rest of us to grow up and host an American late-night show. Even if that growing up occurred in Britain. Not that I'm bitter. So what if (at least) 51 percent of the population, U.S. or otherwise, is regularly overlooked when high-paying jobs open up for people named James or Jimmy (or Jay or Jon or Dave or Seth or Conan)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill O'Reilly under fire Bill O'Reilly , accused of telling fibs about his experiences while covering the Falklands War for CBS, must believe that he's the victim of a liberal conspiracy. Why else would the Fox News Channel pundit lash out against mounting evidence that he mischaracterized a postwar protest in Buenos Aires by Argentinians angry that their nation lost the war to Britain. Reilly, who hosts the highest-rated show in cable news, writes in his book No Spin Zone that the demo devolved into a riot in which "many were killed.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Superior Court has breathed new life into the all-but-dead civil suit brought by former CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane against the station and onetime coanchor Larry Mendte. The decision, filed Thursday, clears the way for Lane's case against Mendte and CBS3 to proceed to a trial, and revives a long-running saga with details that have fueled gossip pages and produced reams of legal filings for years. "We're back," Lane's attorney Paul R. Rosen sing-songed in an interview Friday, giving his best Poltergeist impression.
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