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POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:50 AM

When reports that Seinfeld favorite Wayne Knight—aka the infamous Newman—passed away in a car accident on Sunday near the New York-Pennsylvania border, the internet immediately seized on the story as the next celebrity tragedy. Thankfully, though, this one is a big, fat hoax. 

Knight addressed the situation via his Twitter account, saying that he is “alive and well,” adding later that the outpouring of grief sent is way was touching. “Thanks for all the love, everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!” he tweeted, adding later “Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez!” 

What made Knight the target of this latest hoax is anyone’s guess, but lengths that the hoaxers went to to convince the internet of his death are fairly impressive. Seems that the pranksters created several fake websites to mimic news sources like Us Magazine and TMZ, along with photoshopped tweets and the like. Which, of course, is to say that this one was deliberate, and not just a simple rumor or tweet that got out of control.

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 2:03 PM

We’ve all been there – overwhelmed by email, unable to keep up with Twitter, your friends’ Facebook postings scrolling by faster than a slot machine and you’re afraid to even check on your Instagram account. Come to think of it, when was the last time you had an actual conversation with another human being?

Enough! Ever just want to withdraw from the incessant digital chatter? Get a little peace and quiet up in here? You know there will be withdrawal pains involved but you can’t take the busy-bee static one more minute.

Last night on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein gave us a look at the nuclear option when she declared “social bankruptcy”. Bold move. Her online profile was wiped clean.

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:27 AM
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LOUIS C.K.: OH MY GOD. photo: Kevin Mazur

It’s been far too long since the last time Louis CK joked us into submission with his hit TV show, Louie—19 months to be exact. Today, though, the clouds have parted, the sun has begun to shine, and Louie is making its return to TV on Monday, May 5. Our lack of Louis, like our crippling winter, is slowly fading.

CK initially announced a hiatus for his show back in October 2012, saying that the first three seasons work together as a trilogy, and that this fourth season will start somewhere new. And, in fact, season three ended with our hero boarding a plane to China to slough off some of his own morbidity in the New Year.

"Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better," FX CEO John Landgraf said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal." 

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 10:49 AM
Sheinelle Jones departs Fox 29.

Fox 29 anchor Sheinelle Jones announced she's leaving the station she's been at for nine years this morning at the end of "Good Day Philadelphia." Jones, a 2006 Sexy Single, has been with the station since 2005. Jones was born in Philly, but raised in Witchita. 

Sources within the station tell me that Jones left for pretty much what she told "Good Day" viewers. She wants to spend more time with her family, including son Kayin Ojeh and her twins Clara Josephine and Uche Ade Christian.

During her tenure, Jones was known for her easy on-air rapport with co-host Mike Jerrick. The duo became viral hits after a particularly bad interview with Olympian-turned-failed-reality-star Ryan Lochte.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:51 PM
"The Voice" contestant Audra McLaughlin. (Photo by: (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Philly is just straight up dominating this season of NBC's "The Voice."

Delco's Audra McLaughlin became the fourth contestant from the area to make it through "The Voice's" blind audition process after singing "Angel From Montgomery" by  John Prine (although, Bonnie Raitt's version is perhaps the best known iteration of the song). McLaughlin got a four-chair turnaround from the judges Adam Levine (who turned almost immediately), Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher. It was the only unanimous turnaround of the evening. All vied for McLaughlin but, after going with her gut, she decided on Shelton who gave an impassioned speech about the song's connection his wife Miranda Lambert

McLaughlin is a graduate of Interboro High School and is a student at Delaware County Community College. 

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:00 AM
Fox29's Steve Keeley almost gets hit by a snow plow.

Fox29's Steve Keeley told me he knew the instant a snow plow pummeled him with snow during Monday's storm, he'd become a viral sensation. Now, he's made it to one of comedy's hallowed grounds: David Letterman's Top Ten list for: Top Ten Thoughts Going Through This Reporter's Mind At This Moment.

Here's the list:

10. "Hey, that snow almost hit me"

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:42 AM
Filed Under: Television

The New York Times let us know earlier this week that the Philly accent is fading out, and last week we found out that Philly is highly underrepresented in our entertainment. Proving once again that he is doing God’s work, Nick Kroll eased those problems last night with his “Pawnsylvania” skit.

The Kroll Show host joined comedic partner John Daly to pretty accurately portray the Philly/Pittsburgh rivalry in pawn shop form. There’s tons of references, a 1995 issue of Philadelphia magazine valued at $400 (the best joke of all), and Pittsburgh stuff you won’t get, but the real saving grace is Kroll’s Philly accent. 

As we all know, the classic Philly accent is nearly impossible to imitate, and given that it’s apparently dying out it’s good to see at least someone on TV can do it well. Not Kevin Bacon in Sleepers good, but still pretty good.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:41 PM
Philly's own Joshua Howard and Lindsay Pagano made it blind auditions through on NBC's "The Voice."

Philly dominated "The Voice" last night with two contestants making it through the blind auditions in the sixth season.

Lindsay Pagano has history in the music biz, including formerly holding a contract with Warner Bros. Claims to fame include touring with Dream Street and Aaron Carter, and singing the theme song for long-forgetten WB show "Maybe It's Me" from 2001. Pagano now works in a doctor's office and performs wedding gigs on the side. She wowed judge Shakira with her version of hometown gal Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade."

Shakira also wanted Joshua Howard, but he chose judge Adam Levine instead after singing "This is What if Feels Like" by Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie. Usually Howard performs in his band, Emjay, with sister Maria, but went at "The Voice" solo. In his bio, he calls his dad his inspiration for raising him and his siblings as a single parent. Aw!

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