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POSTED: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:48 AM
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On March 5, ABC’s hit show Scandal aired an episode titled “The Lawn Chair.” It was uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t great art. ((ABC))

On the epic finale of Empire, record mogul Lucious Lyon announced that performers — including Patti LaBelle, Rita Ora, and Snoop Dogg — would donate a percentage of their fees from a benefit concert to Black Lives Matter.

It was another example of how — in the shadow of the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, particularly in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. — current events have seeped into prime time.

Television shows often exist in a world in which current events rarely have an effect on the plots. The last three years of Friends’ 10-year run took place in a post-9/11 Manhattan, although you wouldn’t know it from watching the show.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:02 AM
Neil Sandilands (left), Matthew Rhys and Dwayne Alistair Thomas in a scene from (FX)

I remember when entire seasons would pass without my having to see a single TV character burned alive.

I wish I'd savored that time more. Because it's gone.

A couple of years ago, I didn't make it past January, by which time I'd seen characters set ablaze on "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Following."

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:30 AM
Sarah Baicker, Rob Ellis, Jillian Mele and Barrett Brooks will host the Comcast Network's 'Breakfast on Broad' (Len Redkoles/CSN)

The Comcast Network is preparing to launch something new for local television starting on April 6: a sports talk morning show, called Breakfast on Broad. The show is set to have a conversational tone and will include morning news staples like traffic and weather.

Breakfast on Broad is a new foray into original programming for the Comcast Network, rebranded from CN8 in 2009. Currently, the network is best known for hosting games of local sports teams — in place of its sister station, Comcast SportsNet — when the Phillies, Flyers and/or Sixers play at the same time.

The show, which will air from 6 to 8 a.m. weekdays and repeat on Comcast SportsNet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is to be hosted by Rob Ellis, who on Tuesday night announced he was leaving his job as a host on Sportsradio 94WIP. He’ll be joined by Sarah Baicker, currently a Flyers reporter and digital producer at Comcast SportsNet; Jillian Mele, who has been a traffic reporter at NBC10; and former Eagles offensive lineman and Comcast SportsNet contributor Barrett Brooks.

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:15 AM
Lee Daniels stopped by "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" and talked about Mars. (Comedy Central screenshot)

On Wednesday night, Philly filmmaker Lee Daniels stopped by “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” for the show’s outer space episode.

With the buzz surrounding the Mars 2024 mission, Wilmore decided to focus on the trip by bringing in a panel made up of Sonia Van Meter who is set to head to Mars, Lee Daniels, actor Don Cheadle and comedian Ricky Velez. 

Daniels’ assignment was clear — well kind of: Explain a gay pride parade to Wilmore the Martian. Indeed, Wilmore put on a pair of alien antennae and asked the four panel members to explain earthling concepts like racism, marriage, Kamikaze mission (you can guess who that question went to), and, for Daniels, gay pride. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:10 AM
Jon Stewart shows a clip of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's swearing in ceremony on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Vice President Joe Biden — he’s known for his unfiltered truth, his advocacy for women’s issues and, as Jon Stewart pointed out on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, his way, or lack thereof, with the ladies. 

Last week during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary of Defense, Philly’s own Ashton Carter (Carter was born here and graduated from Abington High in 1972), Biden was caught getting handsy with Carter’s wife, Stephanie, in the background. His hands on her shoulders, Biden even went so far as to appear to whisper in Stephanie Carter’s ear.

But, as Stewart pointed out in "The Audacity of Grope," this is far from Biden’s first run-in with awkward touching moments. It seems he can’t keep his hands off of women, regardless of their age. In one clip, he leaned in, whispering in Delaware Sen. Christopher Coons’ daughter’s ear as she tilted ever so politely in the opposite direction.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
West Deptford's Andrew will compete against Nathan in the finals of 'MasterChef Junior' tomorrow night.

West Deptford, NJ's own Andrew is headed for culinary glory. He'll appear tomorrow on the season finale of "MasterChef Junior," the uber-adorable cooking competition show hosted by the notoriously cantankerous Gordon Ramsay. "I'm representing Jersey and Italy," the 11-year-old says in a preview for the episode that airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:00 PM
Christopher Gray pitches Scholly on "Shark Tank"

As I reported in today's column, Drexel student Christopher Gray sets off quite the firestorm on tomorrow's episode of "Shark Tank" with his app Scholly that is meant to help hopeful college students get aid for their studies. Gray's app apparently leads to the biggest fight in the history of the ABC startup show, with three sharks walking out. 

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of Gray's pitch with QVC queen Lori Greiner offering Gray money without asking any questions about the app, clearly pissing off Mark Cuban

Watch the clip here.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:59 AM
Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon were apparently known to get down at New York sporting events. (YouTube)

On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” host Fallon brought on Taylor Swift to help him celebrate his one-year anniversary hosting “The Tonight Show.”

Turns out the pair of friends used to be quite the dancing team at New York sporting events, and Fallon replayed the Jumbotron footage to prove it. Swift and Fallon, in full team regalia, bring Jumbotron dancing to a whole new level, resurrecting moves like the Robot and the Sprinkler.

“We used to go all out,” Swift said. “We were famous Jumbotron dancers.”

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