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Philly wins 'Parking Wars' as A&E moves on

It looks as if the Philadelphia Parking Authority's 15 minutes are finally up.

Philly wins 'Parking Wars' as A&E moves on

It looks as if the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s 15 minutes are finally up.


When A&E’s “Parking Wars” returns for its fifth season Feb. 11, the spotlight’s glare will be on the ticket-writers — and angry parkers — of Detroit and Providence, R.I.


Detroit’s been part of the show since Season 3, but Providence — described in an A&E press release as “a town originally built for horse and buggy traffic” — is new to “Wars.”


An A&E spokeswoman Monday morning confirmed that the PPA’s contract had ended “and Hybrid Films decided to expand filming to other cities.”


Lucky Providence: It’s hard to imagine that the airing of parking disputes did much for Philly’s reputation (though as of Monday, A&E’s “Parking Wars” Web site still pointed potential tourists to www.visitphilly.com).


And if the city’s parking enforcement officers miss the attention, well, there’s always “Survivor.”

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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