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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:07 PM

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the sitcom created by (and co-starring) St. Joe's Prep grad Rob McElhenney, has been renewed for a 10th season,  FX announced Thursday.

With the ninth season scheduled to premiere this fall, that takes the show through the fall of 2014.

But instead of remaining where it is, "Sunny," along with "The League," "Legit" and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," will be used starting this fall to help launch a new spinoff network, FXX, aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:07 PM
"Game of Thrones" stars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" Rob McElhenney (right)

Being famous has its privileges, and for Philly's Rob McElhenney, that includes getting to hang out with the folks from  HBO's "Game of Thrones."

"They asked me [and] I said yes," the creator and star of FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" told an audience at an event sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood Tuesday night as he prepared to moderate a panel discussion with the cast and producers of the HBO hit (which returns for its third season on March 31).

In case you're wondering how that happened.

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013, 4:23 PM
Filed Under: TV Reviews
The cast of HBO's "Girls" starring Lena Dunham.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet watched the Season 2 finale of HBO’s “Girls” — or you’re behind on Showtime’s “Shameless” — please don’t read this until you’ve caught up.


It probably says way too much about my weakness for rom-coms that I mostly enjoyed Sunday’s “Girls,” in which Hannah (Lena Dunham), in the midst of an obsessive-compulsive meltdown, was literally swept off her feet by her sometimes stalkerish ex, Adam (Adam Driver).

 Even better: Marnie (Allison Williams) and Charlie (Christopher Abbott) finally admitting how they still feel about each other while leveling the too often uneven playing field between them, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) managing to stick the landing on her breakup with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Hannah’s father (Peter Scolari) finally calling b------ on her b-------.

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
Filed Under: TV Reviews
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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.

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