September 21, 2016 |
There's no better illustration of the current richness - and relentlessness - of television than the next few nights of fall premiere week, which could tax even the most avid couch potato (or hungriest DVR). On Wednesday night, the season finale of USA's Mr. Robot , starring brand-new Emmy winner Rami Malek, is up against the series premiere of 24 star Kiefer Sutherland's return to TV in ABC's Designated Survivor . Want more Fall TV? Read Ellen Gray's season preview.
September 20, 2016 |
_ THIS IS US. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown star in a surprising new family drama from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), who'd rather not have the surprise spoiled. Just don't miss the last few minutes. _ THE GOLDBERGS. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC. The '80s-set comedy from Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg kicks off its fourth season with an homage to John Hughes' 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. _ SPEECHLESS. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC.
September 19, 2016 |
From time travel to movie reboots, television's preoccupation with the past continues this fall, as networks, cable channels, and streaming services turn to familiar titles, faces, and ideas. Kiefer Sutherland is back. So are Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin James, Geena Davis, and Woody Allen. But the news isn't all old. Three of the shows I'm most excited about are dramas about an accidental president (Sutherland in Designated Survivor ), a British monarch ( The Crown )
September 12, 2016
One of the best things that could happen to TV this fall would be for JJ DiMeo to become just another sitcom character. The oldest child on ABC's Speechless , which premieres Sept. 21 between The Goldbergs and Modern Family (and is previewing early on ABC.com ), JJ is, like many TV teens, good-looking and a bit of a smart-ass. Like his mother, Maya (Minnie Driver), he challenges authority. Including hers. And like Micah Fowler ( Labor Day ), the actor who plays him, JJ has cerebral palsy.
August 29, 2016
There's another legacy that Mayor Kenney could leave Philadelphia besides his sugary beverage tax to pay for more high-quality pre-kindergartens. The city would be even more grateful if he finally stopped so many children under Department of Human Services supervision from being abused and killed. It's been 10 years since DHS began what was supposed to be an exhaustive overhaul following the death of Danieal Kelly, the bedridden 14-year-old girl nearly paralyzed with cerebral palsy who died in a stifling Mantua apartment while under DHS supervision.
July 29, 2016 |
AS ANYONE who has caught the DNC on television knows, this even more than the RNC in Cleveland has already been one unconventional nominating convention, with some boos for the nominee and a couple of "Knock it off!" remonstrations from the podium. Some of the early speeches soared, like Michelle Obama's when she said, "Don't let anyone tell you this country isn't great. " It was three of the less remarked-upon, nonprime-time speakers, though, who highlighted some of the themes that I think will be crucial to a Hillary Clinton victory in November.
May 10, 2016 |
Julissa has a fun-loving, easygoing personality and a brilliant smile that draws people to her. The 6-year-old loves to be active and explore new places, so she was thrilled to have the opportunity recently to visit a discovery museum where children can enjoy a variety of fun activities. Julissa spent the afternoon dancing and playing. She especially liked the children's theater, where she dressed up and danced on stage. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Julissa is enrolled in the first grade in a school where she receives occupational, physical, and speech therapy.
March 29, 2016 |
Jayden has a vivid imagination and delights in pretending to do many things, such as cooking, cleaning, painting, and playing basketball. The 6-year-old is passionate about basketball and pretends to shoot a basketball into a hoop and make the shot. He is thrilled when someone plays "pretend" with him. Jayden's caretakers describe him as joyful, playful, happy, friendly, and loving. He gets along well with everyone he comes in contact with. At his previous school, he was known as the Mayor.
February 10, 2016 |
The moment that St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford was accepting a national award for its efforts to welcome people with disabilities was the moment that Helen Howlett was coping with a familiar struggle. The paralegal was in the church lobby, tending to her nephew E.J., who has autism. The 6-year-old scooted from door to door, yelled out his name, and tried to escape the grasp of his harried aunt. "Even in an accessible church, it's not easy," said Howlett, of South Philadelphia, E.J.'s guardian.
January 28, 2016 |
Longtime Philadelphia prosecutor Ed McCann will become the second-in-command at the Montgomery County District Attorney's office as it prepares for two of the biggest trials in county history. District Attorney Kevin Steele announced McCann's hiring as his first assistant Tuesday. "Ed brings tremendous experience to our prosecutorial team as well as strong leadership and managerial skills that will benefit the citizens of Montgomery County," Steele said in statement. McCann, 52,resigned in November from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he spent 26 years and rose to the position of first assistant.