Sunday, February 7, 2016

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9:16 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
New Jersey native Marley Dias gets a big boost in her book drive from the "Ellen" show. (

Marley Dias, the 11-year-old from West Orange, N.J., featured on Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia and in our own Sofiya Ballin's "Black History: What I Wish I Knew" project  (Marley's story will be live the first week in March), made it to the Ellen show on Wednesday.

And when you do good things and get called to sit next to Ellen, good things happen.

Marley, who said she wanted her school reading to reflect more of her own culture instead of white boys, has been on a mission to collect 1,000 books about black girls.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:02 PM
'Penn Vet' will air on Animal Planet later this year (University of Pennsylvania)

Animal Planet will turn their camera to the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school for their upcoming docu-series Penn Vet.

The series will focus on both Philadelphia's Ryan Hospital for companion animals and Kennett Square's New Bolton Center hospital for large animals. The series is set to debut this year.

It's a docuseries, so less Grey's Anatomy with animals as one might hope. The series will focus on the rigorous traning these students get.

POSTED: Monday, February 1, 2016, 8:56 AM
Aaron Tveit, left, and Julianne Hough rehearse for "Grease: Live." (Kevin Estrada/FOX via AP)

Not even El Nino -- or a brief sound problem -- could short-circuit Fox's Grease: Live Sunday night.

It really was (sorry) "electrifyin'."

 Not every moment, of course. And the songs that may have gone over best were the ones people tend to forget -- Keke Palmer's show-stopping Freddy, My Love and Jordan Fisher's Magic Changes.

POSTED: Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3:58 PM
Comedian Louis C.K. (FILE PHOTO)

No one -- including Louis C.K. himself, apparently -- knows if we'll ever see another season of FX's Louie, but it's not because the man's been goofing off.

On Saturday, he surprised fans with the first installment of Horace and Pete, a new TV show/teleplay/streaming/download he's selling online  for $5 an episode.

Set in a Brooklyn bar that's been in the same fractious family for a hundred years, it stars its creator and director as the latest in a long string of Horaces and Steve Buscemi as the latest in an equally long string of Petes. Alan Alda plays their crass, angry Uncle Pete and other stars include Jessica Lange, Edie Falco and Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant. 

POSTED: Friday, January 29, 2016, 4:15 AM
Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde star in "Vinyl," a new (HBO)

After releasing a blizzard of new shows in January, television could be settling in for a few months of not-so-quiet reflection, revisiting the O.J. Simpson trial, the ’70s rock scene, and even some of the former occupants of Full House.

Lyndon Baines Johnson will move from Broadway to HBO, and on Hulu, a time-traveling English teacher will try to prevent LBJ from becoming president. Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill’s he said/she said battle will reignite, and Jackie Robinson’s widow will finally get the documentary she has long wanted from the man who brought us PBS’s Baseball.

Check out more of our Spring Arts Guide here.

POSTED: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 1:57 PM
Tina Fey and Kevin Hart will present at the Oscars. (Getty Images)

Philly's Kevin Hart and Upper Darby's Tina Fey are among the first 11 celebs confirmed to present at the Oscars on Feb. 28, according to ABC.

Presenter lists -- a public-relations staple that mostly serves to remind people, that, yes, Virginia, there is an Oscarcast -- might be a little more interesting this year, in light of Spike Lee's decision to skip the awards show and Jada Pinkett Smith's call for a boycott to protest the lack of major nominations for people of color for the second straight year. (Her husband, Philly's Will Smith, overlooked for his work in "Concussion," won't be attending.)

Comedian Chris Rock will be hosting for the second time.

POSTED: Friday, January 22, 2016, 3:24 PM
Filed Under: Television
Krysten Ritter (right) stars as Jessica Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career. (Netflix)

Stuck in the snow? No problem. It's prime time to catch up on all the great new TV shows your friends can't stop raving about.

Grab a glass of wine, your Snuggie, a bag (or two) of chips and settle in for the long haul.

American Crime (Amazon)

POSTED: Friday, January 22, 2016, 11:29 AM
Oprah Winfrey on stage during her An Evening With Oprah tour on December 2, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)

Oprah fans, mark your calendars.

Winfrey's return to small-screen acting is scheduled for May 24, the first night of a two-night premiere for OWN's "Greenleaf," a drama set in a megachurch in which she'll play a blues club owner named Mavis McCready in what's being billed as a recurring role.

(And, yes, OWN still stands for Oprah Winfrey Network.)

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