January 25, 2016
* THE X-FILES. 10 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. Moves to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning the following night. The show's six-episode reboot gets a post-football launch as a cable TV conspiracy theorist (Joel McHale) brings together Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to look into something. It's not a great episode, but it sets up the somewhat better one that's airing Monday. * BEOWULF. 10 p.m. Saturday, Esquire. Esquire imports another British drama, this one based on the Old English epic poem.
November 13, 2015 |
'I don't feel comfortable killing people unless I have to," says Scary Mob Guy No. 1 to Scary Mob Guy No. 2. It's a typical scene from Esquire Network's brilliant, mordant crime dramedy Spotless . "I saw this thing on National Geographic about karma," Scary Mob Guy No. 1 continues. "If you choose to do something bad instead of having to do it, it increases the sum of negative energy. " The first scripted series from the basic-cable channel, the French-British co-production - which first played in March on Canal+ in France - has its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Saturday with a 10-episode first season.
August 10, 2015 |
PHILLY-BASED NFL agent Ed Wasielewski, who heads what he acknowledges is a "boutique" agency, EMG Sports, gains a higher national profile starting Tuesday with the debut of "The Agent," an Esquire Network series that focuses on four people plying their trade in the sport that obsesses much of America. Wasielewski and New York-based producer Amani Martin came up with the concept, Wasielewski said. As part of their pitch, they used a Daily News story written three years ago, in which Zach Berman, now with the Inquirer, shadowed Wasielewski during the 2012 NFL draft.
May 28, 2015 |
Former NBC10 news anchor Sharon Reed has landed a new gig in Atlanta. WGCL-TV, Atlanta's CBS affiliate, has hired Reed as their primetime evening news anchor. She'll be moving from sister CBS affiliate KMOV-TV, in St. Louis, where she's worked since 2012. She starts work in the middle of next month. "Every city has something special about it. Philly's got my hometown love, but I think the markets are similar in this regard," she told me yesterday during a phone interview.
May 24, 2014 |
He said no to Seinfeld! Chris Rock coulda been the next David Letterman . Comedy god Jerry Seinfeld tells Esquire he tried to persuade Rock to take Letterman's job once the old feller retired. "Absolutely no possible way," Rock told him. Rock's problem? He didn't want to have to sit in a makeup chair day after day. A silly reason, right? Seinfeld thought so. "Would your father turn down a job like that?" he asked Rock. "I go, 'What kind of man are you?' " said Sein.
February 13, 2014 |
This is the year of the horse. Not last year. Not next year. HBO was guilty of premature exploitation when it bankrolled a bleak look at horse racing in 2012. Called it "Luck. " Featured real actors, including Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, playing fictional racetrackers. HBO put it down before the first season reached the finish line. Left three dead horses and a baffled audience in its cluttered wake. Now, here comes Esquire Network with a show called "Horseplayers" on Tuesday nights at 10. Real people looking and sounding like fictional gamblers, a community theater version of "Guys and Dolls" without the music.
January 27, 2014 |
Mehmet Oz's followers believe he is a trustworthy, serious-minded (and hot) physician. His equally fervent flock of critics say he is a fad-foisting, ratings-grubbing (and smart) TV celebrity. In the 10 years since Oprah dubbed him "America's Doctor," the 53-year-old Oz has shown he is comfortable in both roles. "I just absolutely like him," said Maria Southard, 57, a food-service supervisor in the Philadelphia public schools. "I believe what he says and repeat it at home and work.
October 29, 2013 |
TEA-BAGGER! Marxist! Racist! Traitor! From the political name-calling you get from the extremes, you'd swear that Americans, politically, are as divided as North and South Korea and have no center. You'd be wrong. Here's the New American Center: * Photo ID at the polls: 75 percent support, 58 percent strongly; * Gun control: 60 percent want background checks and/or stronger gun laws; * Ending affirmative action in hiring and college admissions: 57 percent support; * Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: 54 percent oppose; * The Constitution can't provide guidance for many modern problems, 54 percent agree; * Religious organizations should have no role in politics: 59 percent agree; * Increase to $10 minimum wage, 67 percent support; * Government assistance (food stamps, welfare, Medicaid)
October 9, 2013 |
It took her seven long years. Seven painful, miserable, torturous years, but Scarlett Johansson , 28, finally has returned to her rightful place atop Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" list. She's the only woman to wear the crown twice. Scar-Jo, who split with Ryan Reynolds in 2010, plans to take French journalist man Romain Dauriac as her second (and one hopes, last) husband. "I didn't think I was a jealous person," she tells Esquire, "until I started dating my current, my one-and-only.
October 6, 2012
Adele does 007: James Bond theme 'Skyfall' debuts From Dan DeLuca's "In the Mix" at www.philly.com/inthemix James Bond routinely saves the world, and Adele has saved the music industry, or at least kept it on life support by selling more than 20 million copies of her Grammy-winning sophomore album, 21 . So it stands to reason the two British belters would wind up in each other's company. Adele's theme song to the Daniel Craig-starring Skyfall , which opens in theaters Nov. 9, was released Thursday.