Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 5:04 PM
Actor Kevin Bacon attends Fox Network's 'The Following' press room at 2014 New York Comic Con Day 4 at Jacob Javitz Center on October 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

Twenty-five years after he starred as Valentine McKee, Philly's Kevin Bacon is working on  a TV reboot of  the sci-fi franchise "Tremors," reports Entertainment Weekly. 

 Before anyone gets too excited, this is a show that's so far only in development and is still being shopped to networks. Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions are involved and Andrew Miller will write the script. Bacon would star and be an executive producer.

It if it pans out, it would mean a return to television for Bacon, whose grisly Kevin Williamson drama "The Following" never developed into quite the hit Fox had anticipated. 

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2015, 4:24 PM
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Ted Danson co-stars in the current season of FX's "Fargo"

With four episodes to go in the current season, FX has ordered a third edition of its critically adored anthology series "Fargo," and, yes, creator Noah Hawley is still on board.

No word yet on whether any of the cast will return -- the first two seasons haven't just had a high body count, but they've taken place in different eras, so that while there's been some character overlap, different actors have played those characters.

Inspired by the film by Joel and Ethan Coen -- who remain executive producers on the series -- "Fargo" purports to tell a true crime story in which "at the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."

POSTED: Friday, November 13, 2015, 3:22 PM
Late "60 Minutes" co-anchor Ed Bradley. (Courtesy Image)

Ed Bradley, the 60 Minutes co-anchor who grew up in Philadelphia and reported for WDAS radio in the early '60s, will have a homecoming of sorts on Saturday.

Nine years after his death at the age of 65, the legendary newsman will be remembered at a ceremony at which a stretch of City Avenue between Monument Avenue and Presidential Boulevard will be renamed Ed Bradley Way.

Among those expected at the 1 p.m. dedication are Bradley's widow, Patricia Blanchet, CBS3 anchor Ukee Washington, WDAS' Patty Jackson and Cherri Gregg, president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:54 AM
Host, executive producer, writer Stephen Colbert speaks onstage during the 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' panel discussion at the CBS portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will go live on Super Bowl Sunday, the network announced Wednesday.

A specal edition of the late-night show, tentatively scheduled for 10-11 p.m., will follow the 50th Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

The Late Show with James Corden will also get a shot at a larger audience, with a slot following the local news.

POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:41 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question at the first official GOP debate of the 2016 campaign in Cleveland on Aug. 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files)

NBC's divorce from Donald Trump is nearly final.

"At the moment we're sort of separated," NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings.

"We're almost done" selling off the network's interest in the Miss USA pageant, which Trump co-owns and whose July 12 broadcast NBC dumped after the Republican presidential candidate described Mexican immigrants as "rapists."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:00 PM

Donald Trump hasn't made it to the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills this month, but that doesn't mean the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host has been forgotten at an event where he's appeared from time to time in the past to remind reporters of his tremendous importance to television.

So in case the Donald's ears were burning, here are some of the things people had to say while he was out on the campaign trail, making other news:

“The trouble with Donald Trump is that his thoughts turn into words.”

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:19 PM

From the moment Deadline reported that the CW had ordered a script for a "Little Women" series that would take place on the "dystopic streets of Philadelphia," I've wondered: What did Philly ever do to Hollywood that we're getting the "12 Monkeys" treatment again?

The Philadelphia setting's "an homage to the book," said Thom Sherman, the CW executive vice president who took the pitch for the script, told me Tuesday. (The script's to be written by Alexis Jolly, who comes from Chadds Ford, outside Philadelphia.)

But the book, published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, is set in New England (where Alcott, who was born in Philadelphia's Germantown, ended up spending most of her life).

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 5:19 PM
Patti Smith at NY screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Dan Jackman/

Patti Smith's 2010 memoir "Just Kids" will become a limited series, Showtime Networks president David Nevins announced Tuesday.

Smith, who was raised in Germantown and Deptford, N.J.,  will write and produce it with "Penny Dreadful" creator John Logan.

"This is a project that every producer, movie studio, and TV company in Hollywood wanted, and one we fought hard to get. It didn’t hurt that Patti just happens to be a diehard 'Penny Dreadful' fan," said Nevins, speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

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