August 9, 2016 |
Comic book writer turned best-selling author Brad Meltzer's new book House of Secrets (co-written with Tod Goldberg) was inspired by a seed planted years ago. "I was at the National Archives and they showed me a document that was called an 'Oath of Allegiance,' which is what George Washington used to have his military officers sign," Meltzer told philly.com/ in an exclusive interview. "They handed me an 'Oath of Allegiance' that was signed by Benedict Arnold. " The last moments between George Washington and Benedict Arnold are some of the most heartbreaking in U.S. history," he continued.
May 29, 2016
* THE CARMICHAEL SHOW. 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC10. In the second-season finale, Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) attends a Donald Trump rally with his father, Joe (David Alan Grier), who's decided to vote for Trump. There's a reason this comedy, recently renewed for a third season, is so often compared to All in the Family : Conversations happen here. * ROOTS. 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, History. Simulcast on A&E, Lifetime. Malachi Kirby stars as Kunta Kinte in the History Channel's new, four-night adaptation of Alex Haley's historical novel, based on his own family's oral history of their descent from an African warrior who refused to let slavery erase his identity.
February 19, 2016 |
Finding someone to love is hard. Staying with them? Even harder. Those are a couple of takeaways from Netflix's new series Love (Friday, Netflix) and HBO's returning Togetherness , two Los Angeles-set dramedies that might pair well with whatever chocolate's left from Valentine's Day. First comes Love . Created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, who's also one of the show's two leads, it premieres on Friday and could benefit from Netflix's watch-all-you-like approach, the opposite of speed dating.
October 12, 2015 |
* THE LAST KINGDOM. 10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America. "Vikings" fan alert: This series, adapted from Bernard Cornwell's "The Saxon Stories" novels, might help tide you over until Season 4 arrives on the History Channel next year. Alexander Dreymon (pictured) stars as Uhtred, a Saxon noble's son who's captured and raised by invading Danes. If he's ever to reclaim his birthright, he'll need to navigate the tricky territory between the two cultures. * PROPHET'S PREY. 9 p.m. Saturday, Showtime.
October 9, 2015 |
Two radically different, if equally wonderful, historical series premiere: Amazon's nostalgic sitcom Red Oaks is set at a New Jersey country club in the mid-1980s, and BBC America's swords-and-hoofs epic The Last Kingdom takes us back more than a millennium to the 860s, when England was beset by a wave of Viking invasions. Ragnar redux Fans of the History Channel's gorgeous, surreal series Vikings, about the adventures of young Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok, will get a kick out of The Last Kingdom.
October 2, 2015 |
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, he was roused awake by a tap on his shoulder. It could have been his wife, who he knew was sleeping in a nearby bedroom with his 10-year-old grandson. Maybe it was even the kid himself. Then he turned and saw the barrels of two 9 mm handguns staring back at him, illuminated by the glow of the TV he had nodded off watching. The guns belonged to two masked men, who police say forced their way into the victim's home on Sellers Street near Leiper in Frankford about 3:30 a.m. yesterday.
August 19, 2015 |
Talmadge O. Epps, 94, of Wayne, a World War II aerial gunner and retired electric company foreman, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of respiratory failure at Coatesville VA Medical Center. In 1942, the Radnor High School graduate was drafted and deployed with the Army Air Force as a flight engineer aboard the B-25 Mitchell bomber. He served with the 500 Bomb Squadron, 345th Bombardment Group, in New Guinea and Australia. Mr. Epps, who had never been on an airplane, fired a gun or traveled more than 100 miles from home, operated a pair of 50-caliber machine guns, either from the top machine gun turret or from the rear of the plane.
February 6, 2015
FACE FULLY obscured but voice fully audible, Tom Bee rummages around the compartments of Franky Bradley's host stand, leading a one-man search party for something. Suddenly, his hand pops up like a periscope, waving a yellowed magazine half-shrouded in a black plastic bag. "Is this your Playboy ?" His cousin Mark Bee, owner and primary resurrector of this historic Center City space, shoots it a quick glance and nods. "Oh, yeah. There's a couple really good articles in there.
January 26, 2015 |
We've entered the most recalcitrant part of the calendar. The nights are long. The windshields are frosty. Football is (almost) over, and baseball season seems like a distant dream. At least TV is stepping up to keep us entertained. Between broadcast, cable, and streaming services, there is a plethora of new shows and returning favorites in the offing. Break out the Snuggies and enjoy. The Americans (FX, Jan. 28) TV's most nuclear family returns for a third season. But the ideological schism between Cold War spies/spouses Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys is growing.
October 23, 2014
DOES YOUR TV-watching reflect your politics? Those who buy and place political ads think it does. And, as viewing habits continue to disperse among hundreds of cable choices, political parties and groups behind so-called independent expenditures are increasingly targeting ad buys to specific channels. This is the new TV campaign. Cable is cheaper and offers niche programming. When that's coupled with advances in technology, as in "we know what you're watching," guess what?