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July 25, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
SOMEONE WITH moral authority - perhaps Tattle - needs to put out a guidebook to help people escape their pasts. We're not sure why it is that some folks get a free pass on misdeeds committed as impressionable youths while other folks lose jobs over . . . nothing. But there need to be rules, people. The latest victim of the faux-morality police is Melanie Martinez, host of "The Good Night Show" on the PBS Kids Sprout network. Melanie was fired after network officials learned she had appeared in videos called "Technical Virgin.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
FRONTLINE: GROWING UP TRANS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. Nine-year-old Daniel is worried about his changing body. "I've been feeling a little weird," he tells an interviewer. Propped up in bed, clutching one of several stuffed animals, he adds, "I stay up a lot of nights talking with my parents about it. " "To develop breasts would be horrifying for him," says his father. But as PBS' "Frontline" reports tomorrow in the thoughtful and provocative "Growing Up Trans," there are options for children like Daniel that mean they don't have to go through the puberty of a gender they don't consider their own. As long as they move fast.
NEWS
September 30, 1991 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
In many ways the towering President Lyndon Baines Johnson was America. Unsatisfied with being second fiddle, he scraped and finagled his way to become one of the country's most powerful men. Fate gave him the presidency, and he went to work with unadorned enthusiasm to fix everything. When he finally realized that his strength had limits, he held his head in agony. The American Experience season premiere, "LBJ," (9 p.m. today and tomorrow, Channels 12 and 39) is a four-hour political biography of Johnson.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | Ellen Gray Daily News Staff Writer
Turns out dudes did watch "Downton Abbey. " We knew it all along, thanks to the guys who spoke with Daily News reporter Molly Eichel last month about what the hit "Masterpiece Theater" costume drama meant to them. And now PBS finally has some numbers to back it up. Ratings for "Downton's" Season 2 were up at least 100 percent among female and male 18- to 34-year-olds above the previous season's average for the "Masterpiece" series, the network reported Wednesday, citing Nielsen's finale ratings.
NEWS
April 21, 1994 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
Barney, as you may have heard from a preschooler in your life, is going network Sunday night. The NBC special "Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island" is the purple dinosaur's first television venture outside PBS, where "Barney & Friends" is public television's most popular show. Here's what you need to know: It's an hour long, unlike the PBS show, which is - blessedly - only a half-hour. Younger Barney fans may grow restless. It has commercials. I previewed the show with my 4-year-old, who shouted, "Oh, no!"
NEWS
January 30, 2000
Meet one of the television season's funkiest new shows: Robot Wars. It's about ugly, homemade, aggressive little machines banging into each other. What fun! There are flashing lights, loud crashes, much noise. And no commercials. Robot Wars is on WHYY, a public television station. Tune into this import from Britain and you'll instantly see the similarities to that American favorite, professional wrestling. It's pretty much WWF with machines rather than bulging pectorals and skimpy bikinis.
NEWS
August 31, 1988 | Special to the Daily News
On Sept. 10 - in honor of the Seoul Olympics a week later - PBS stations will start the day (10:30 a.m. on Channel 12) with 90 minutes of international video art and live and taped music. David Bowie is the musical headliner for "Wrap Around the World," a live global satellite telecast from 10 countries simultaneously. "Saturday Night Live" alumni Al Franken and Tom Davis will host the show. "Wrap" (not "rap") is the brainchild of video artist Nam June Paik, previously lauded for his work on "Good Morning Mr. Orwell" (1984)
NEWS
August 13, 1994 | By ALEC BALDWIN and PAUL ROSENBERG
Domestic violence has belatedly become a topic of national debate, but not with any help from the Public Broadcasting Service, which disclaimed any interest in showing an award-winning documentary that graphically depicts the subject. Defending Our Lives won an Oscar as the best short documentary of 1993, but PBS sent a rejection letter to the producers, asserting that "programming must be free from the control of parties with a direct self-interest in that content. " PBS objected to the role of Stacey Kabat, leader of Battered Women Fighting Back!
NEWS
October 3, 1997 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
The faces have changed but the concept remains the same, as the pilot for a new ZOOM series begins airing across the county on some 300 PBS stations this month. As free-spirited and free-wheeling as its moniker, ZOOM was a radical concept when it was introduced by Boston's WGBH in 1972. Totally driven by material sent in by its young viewing audience, the series was also performed by an ensemble cast of ordinary kids - Tommy, Bernadette, Danny, Jay, Jon, Nancy and Nina. Running weekday afternoons for six seasons, ZOOM won two national Emmy awards for Outstanding Children's Series and was one of the most-watched programs on public television.
LIVING
March 20, 1998 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
So just what is it about your house that Bob Yapp is yearning to tell you? Yapp is the latest entry in public television's efforts to shore up your house before it falls down around your ears. His show, About Your House With Bob Yapp, a blend of hands-on and how-someone-you-hire-should-do-it, appears weekly in various time slots on WHYY-TV (Channel 12), the New Jersey Network (Channel 23 in Camden), and WLVT (Channel 39) in Allentown. Yapp will discuss home preservation and maintenance tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the 13th Old House Fair, a two-day event from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, at 33d Street north of Market Street.
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July 17, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, Television Critic
Judy Woodruff said she hasn't done the math, but by my count, the coanchor of PBS's NewsHour is about to cover her 20th and 21st national political conventions. She still sounds excited, maybe even as excited as James Villalobos and Arlene Santana . They are gearing up for their first, after being chosen in a national talent search by Latino-focused Fuse TV to "Crash the Parties" as millennial correspondents at the Republican and Democratic conventions. There hasn't been a contested convention for a major party since Gerald Ford beat back a challenge from Ronald Reagan in 1976 , but these made-for-TV events still have the potential to make news - and maybe more so this year, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton getting ready to claim the nominations of their not exactly united parties.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Dunham: Don't apologize! Do women suffer from apology-itis more than men? Do they feel they must belittle themselves all the time? Girls star and public intellectual Lena Dunham believes so. Women, she writes on LinkedIn, have a tendency to apologize even when they've been wronged by someone else. "We rush to say it when we're interrupted," she says. "We scream it across a crowded restaurant when someone else arrives late so we've lost our table. " Dunham suggests you go a week without saying that dread word.
NEWS
April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Piers: Give it up, Kim Cultural analyst Piers Morgan has applauded Kim Kardashian 's skill for cashing in on her bod. But he says her latest nude selfies make her look desperate: After all, the 35-year-old mother of two already is famous. Writing in Britain's Daily Mail, Morgan says he believes Kim's selfies are prompted by jealousy: "Other younger members of her family have been grabbing all the scantily clad attention recently. " So are the 15 minutes of fame earned by Kim's derriere really up?
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV CRITIC
Spoiler Alert: This column discusses a thorny aspect of modern TV-watching that has divided spouses, friends, and the East and West Coasts while causing headaches for people who write about television. If you've ever googled Downton Abbey and stumbled across a plot development that hadn't yet occurred on this side of the pond, where the finale that aired in Britain on Christmas Day is still a few weeks away, or ventured onto Twitter halfway through Netflix's House of Cards to find RIPs for characters you didn't know were dead, you know the pain of the TV spoiler.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, STAFF TV CRITIC
When Josh Radnor makes his first appearance Sunday as a Civil War surgeon in PBS's new drama, Mercy Street , he will be trying to take down more than a gun-waving patient. At 10 p.m. on WHYY-TV12, viewers will hear, "Soldier, this is a place of peace and healing, not a place for guns," but what some may see, at least at first, is Radnor's How I Met Your Mother character, Ted Mosby, in an unironic beard and mustache, playing dress-up. They should give him time. It's not easy being an American in a PBS drama.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
To the list of long-awaited television finales, which in the last several years have included Seinfeld , The Sopranos , Breaking Bad , and Mad Men , we will soon be adding Downton Abbey . But the way in which the smash PBS series ends its sixth and final season, which begins Sunday, was not resolved in a writers' room. Instead, every word of dialogue uttered has flowed from the mind and pen of one individual: Lord Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning creator of the series.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Ellen Gray, Daily News
* CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * MASTERPIECE: INDIAN SUMMERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BLOOD & OIL. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. * QUANTICO. 10 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. FIRE UP the DVR: Sunday brings CBS' send-off to the show that helped change the face of its schedule over the past 15 years, two new series from ABC and a new, India-set period drama from PBS' "Masterpiece" that could be the newest jewel in the network's crown. If you haven't watched "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" since Gil Grissom (William Petersen)
NEWS
September 9, 2015
A review Saturday of the PBS Masterpiece mini-series Arthur & George gave incorrect information about its scheduled premiere on WHYY TV12. Most PBS member stations aired the first episode Sunday, but it will premiere on WHYY at 9 p.m. Oct. 1. A story Saturday about the Super Tully Nut cocktail misidentified the late comedian and bar owner Marty Bohn. A photo in some editions Friday gave the wrong species of butterfly. The insect pictured was the Eastern tiger swallowtail, dark-morph female.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famously disliked when fans assumed that, like his famous creation Sherlock Holmes, he spent his time solving crimes. But the physician and author did take on the mantle of detective for one famous and strange case, referred to as the Great Wyrley Outrages, in which in 1903, a young biracial man went to an English prison for crimes he did not commit. The case is dramatized in Masterpiece 's brilliant three-part procedural, Arthur & George , an adaptation of Julian Barnes' acclaimed 2005 novel.
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