Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.)

POSTED: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 6:40 PM
Tina Fey (center, between Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski) at a Television Critics Association session for Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 (Evan Scott/Netflix)

Season 2 won't premiere on Netflix until April 15, but Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has an order for a third season, the streaming network announced Sunday.

The Upper Darby-raised writer, actress and producer met with reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings, along with cast members , Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski.

 "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which premiered last spring on Netflix, was created by Fey and her fellow "30 Rock" producer Robert Carlock with NBC in mind, but eventually was sold to the streaming service, which guaranteed them a second season as part of the deal.

POSTED: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 12:23 PM
Actor Tracy Morgan poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Comedian Tracy Morgan  ("30 Rock") will develop and star in a comedy pilot for FX to be written by Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele," "Fargo") and John Carcieri ("Eastbound & Down"), the cable network announced Saturday.

Here's how FX is describing the show:

"A career criminal is released from prison after 15 long years, hoping to reintegrate into a society that long ago left him behind. Now a man whose only expertise is making grilled cheese with an iron must navigate a modern world of political correctness, internet, and self-driving cars."

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:34 PM
From left: "Bones" stars T.J. Tyne, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. (Fox)

Is Fox's "Bones," which stars Philly's David Boreanaz, in its final season?

It looks possible.

Fox execs haven't yet begun that conversation, Fox Television Group co-CEO Dana Walden told reporters at the Television Critics Association  winter meetings Friday. But then she went on to say that if this season -- the show's 11th -- were to be its last, the network would be letting the show's producers and writers know in enough time to give it a proper sendoff.

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:06 PM
Fox has ordered a pilot for an extension of its "24" franchise, to be called "24: Legacy" (Fox)

Jack will not be back, but "24" might be.

Fox announced Friday it had ordered a pilot, "24: Legacy," for "a potential new series installment" of the thriller franchise, which was previously revived, with Kiefer Sutherland in the lead as Jack Bauer, in the limited event series, "24: Live Another Day."

The pilot will feature "an all-new cast of characters," according to Fox, which describes the story as centering on "a military hero's return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back." Which sounds, honestly, a bit like Showtime's "Homeland," which shares a producer in Howard Gordon. In this case, though, the hero will be asking "24's" CTU for help.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:05 PM
Caitlyn Jenner (center) with two of her "I Am Cait" co-stars, Candis Cayne (left) and Ella Giselle, at a session of the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 14, 2016 (Chris Haston/NBC Universal)

"Eat your Wheaties."

That was Caitlyn Jenner's joking response to a reporter who  Thursday asked about her exercise and skin-care regimen during a session at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena.

Welcome to being a woman in Hollywood, Caitlyn.

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