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POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:38 PM

Soap fans have a new date to mark on their calendars, and for once it's not a series finale.

"One Life to Live" and "All My Children" will make their online debuts on April 29, according to Prospect Park's The Online Network, which stepped in after both soaps were canceled by ABC.

Fans will be able to watch on Hulu or Hulu Plus (which charges a monthly fee but allows viewing on devices other than a computer) or download episodes from iTunes.

POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013, 11:24 AM
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Bea and Frank, two of the subjects of Sari Gilman's "Kings Point"

The New York Times has a story about a few baby boomers who've bought into Florida retirement communities, where prices are low and the neighbors may be decades older.

The prices really are tempting. But before you hop on a plane to Boca, you might want to check out "Kings Point." The Oscar-nominated documentary short makes its TV debut at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO.

Filmmaker Sari Gilman follows the lives of several residents of the retirement community where her grandmother lived for many years. It's one of those places couples moved to when they wanted warmer weather and no worries and the companionship of their own generation. But as Gilman's film shows, life may be full of compromises, especially for those left widowed.

POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:52 PM
Actor Kevin Hart attends the Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of "The Five-Year Engagement" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Philly's Kevin Hart is having a good week.

Coming off a stint as guest host on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," the comedian Friday had his BET mockumentary series, "Real Husbands of Hollywood," picked up for a second, 12-episode season.

Besides Hart, who's divorced both in real life and on the show, which he produces, the "Husbands" include Nick Cannon, married to  Mariah Carey, Boris Kodjoe, husband of Nicole Ari Parker, Duane Martin, husband of Tisha Campbell-Martin, J.B. Smoove, husband of Shahidah Omar and Robin Thicke, husband of actress Paula Patton.

POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:36 AM
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, center, listens as an inmate speaks to a gathering of women inmates at Integrity House, a transitional housing and residential treatment area for women incarcerated at the Hudson County Correctional Center, in Kearney, N.J. The jailhouse treatment program where McGreevey works has earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department. McGreevey is spiritual counselor to 40 women in a pilot program to keep them from returning to jail. The Justice Department cites the program as one of two top re-entry efforts nationwide. The struggles of the women as well as McGreevey's own admission that he is gay and resignation as governor are the subject of a documentary showing at the Sundance Film Festival in January. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

"Fall to Grace," a documentary about former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, will make its HBO debut March 28.

Produced and directed by Alexandra Pelosi ("Journeys with George"), who's, yes, the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the film documents McGreevey's "transformative journey from closeted high-profile politician to openly gay spiritual adviser to women in prison," according to HBO.

More from Friday's press release:

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:55 PM
Spacey portrays a House majority whip in "House of Cards" what he describes as "sort of the new television series that isn't on television."

Kevin Spacey ate my weekend.

Along with Robin Wright and Kate Mara, his co-stars in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” whose 13-episode first season I gulped down within 36 hours of its Friday debut.

If my Twitter feed — admittedly heavy on drama junkies and TV fans of all stripes — is any indication, I’m not the only one who engaged in some binge viewing after Netflix’s second original series went online.

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 11:09 AM
CNN's Sanjay Gupta

There are multitaskers and then there’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

A neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Gupta had already written two nonfiction best sellers when last year he added novelist to his titles with the publication of "Monday Mornings."

On Monday at 10 p.m., David E. Kelley’s adaptation of "Monday Mornings"  makes its debut as a medical drama on TNT, with Gupta as one of its executive producers.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:45 PM
Brian Williams, left, anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," talks about the program with Steve Capus, president of NBC News, at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour Friday, July 21, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bucks County native and Temple grad Steve Capus is leaving the presidency of NBC News.

In a memo to the news staff obtained by Politico, Capus said that "it has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," and that he'll be leaving in the coming weeks.

 Capus, an ardent sports fan who turned his 30 Rockefeller Center office into a shrine for Philadelphia teams, has been friends with anchor Brian Williams since the two worked together at WCAU in Philadelphia back in the '80s.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 11:59 AM
Steven Pasquale portrays Dr. Jason Cole (right) and his evil alter-ego Ian Price (left).

The premiere of the first drama since CBS' "Hack" to be both set in Philly and filmed here did not go terrifically well Thursday.

NBC's "Do No Harm," debuting in the 10 p.m. time slot where "Awake," "The Firm" and "Prime Suspect" all met their untimely ends, averaged just 3.126 million viewers and only about 3 percent of the available audience of 18- to 49-year-olds, the group advertisers pay to reach, according to the preliminary Nielsens.

These are not good numbers, even in the how-low-can-they-go world of broadcast ratings. At 10, CBS' "Elementary" averaged 10.8 million viewers and placed second in 18-49 and ABC's "Scandal," with a bit over 8 million, won the time slot in the target demo.

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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. Reach Ellen at

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