June 30, 1989 |
John S. Hendricks, the founder and chairman of The Discovery Channel, is a role model of American capitalism: a man who had a dream that has made him a millionaire. It is pleasant to report that Hendricks, 37, did not get rich by peddling trash. He has, in the truest sense, done well by doing good. Four-year-old Discovery is offered as part of the basic package by 60 percent of all cable companies, including all three of the companies now cabling Philadelphia. It has 40.2 million subscribers, which makes it the 11th-largest cable channel.
August 4, 2007 |
Summer is the season for low-rent hookups. Maybe that's why so many of the programs on cable this summer look like the neglected love children of a drunken affair that an E! network had with Access Hollywood. I'm talking about the plague of "reality" shows built around washed-up, marginal showbiz figures. They must figure that having cameras record their every move will restore the intoxicating taste of fame they once enjoyed. But inevitably the life-in-a-fishbowl treatment just makes them look pathetic.
August 10, 1997 |
Cable networks are always looking to take a bite out of the ratings of the big boys in the lull of the summer months, but few sink to the depths of the Discovery Channel - the depths of the oceans, that is. For the 10th summer, Discovery, the bastion of cathode nature knowledge, is presenting "Shark Week," seven days of prime-time features about those alleged nasties of the seas, from today through next Sunday. "It's one of the real fun things I get to work on," said South Philadelphia native Michael Quattrone, the senior vice president and general manager of the Discovery Channel.
July 10, 2010 |
If the Coast Guard had yelled "barracuda" before the July Fourth weekend, tourists, boaters and the news media might have responded with "Huh? What?" But a news release issued by the Coast Guard shortly before the holiday weekend yelled "shark" instead, and just like in "Jaws," there was a bit of a panic up and down the Northeast coast. The Coast Guard has since retracted all mention of sharks from that news release, which had included terrifying lines about a great white shark finding a "dangling hand inviting" or being unable to differentiate between "boater, paddler, and prey.
July 29, 2011 |
Presidential historian and children's author Jane Hampton Cook will come to the National Constitution Center on Saturday to discuss George Washington and the "real American Revolution. " At 1 and 2 p.m., Hampton Cook will discuss Washington, drawing from her book Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War , which gives insight into what the Founding Fathers faced in their fight for freedom. She will also talk about her children's story, "What Does the President Look Like?
August 16, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA - Joel Fagliano was sitting in sophomore chemistry class at Masterman High School one morning when his attention wandered from the blackboard to the blank piece of paper in front of him. He wrote down five letters: B-O-R-E-D Under that he wrote down another five: O-L-I-V-E To be truthful, he doesn't remember exactly what word came next, but sitting at his Mount Airy kitchen table the other day, he demonstrated his...
October 15, 2006 |
The remote control in Nigel Davies' house has taken on a kind of magical status. With a few clicks through his Comcast Corp. "On Demand" service, the Bryn Mawr technology consultant orders SpongeBob SquarePants episodes to watch with his 18-month-old son whenever they want, ignoring network schedules. Daniel Loughlin, on the other hand, gets Comcast's cheapest cable package to save money. It doesn't include on-demand technology or many of his favorite shows, so the 21-year-old Drexel student watches his favorite television programs - especially Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show - on the Web video-sharing site YouTube.
August 29, 2000 |
Fifty-seven channels, and, by golly, there is something on. Bruce Springsteen usually gets it right, but tonight his song about TV is proven wrong. Fox Family Channel, one of the seemingly endless supply of basic cable outlets, resurrects Freaks and Geeks, last season's best new series and one of the best of the entire decade. Naturally, it was canceled. Not enough viewers for big, old NBC. "They have to bring in bulk and find the best ways to do that," says Fox Family's Tom Halleen, vice president of original movies, acquisitions and scheduling, who bought Freaks and Geeks for his network.
December 16, 2011 |
CHARLIZE THERON knows a thing or two about playing predators - she won an Oscar for her role as a serial killer in "Monster. " And yet her murderess (in the movie's view) was a creature born of circumstance, of trauma. In "Young Adult," she plays a woman who in her own way is even worse. Driven by bone-deep meanness, desperation, boredom, envy and alcoholism to pry a married man (Patrick Wilson) from his spouse and child and happy suburban home. Did I mention it's a comedy?
September 6, 2013 |
PHILLY has a swimmer in ABC's "Shark Tank. " Lori Greiner, an inventor and businesswoman who relishes her role as the "warm-blooded shark" on the show's panel of potential investors, is from Chicago but keeps a condo in Center City to be close to QVC, the West Chester-based shopping channel where she's been selling her products for 16 years. "Shark Tank" returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Sept. 20, but starting at 8 p.m. Sunday would-be entrepreneurs can wade into "Shark Tank Week," a six-night event featuring past episodes chosen by the "sharks" themselves.