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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:02 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: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 2:18 PM

In today's column, I told you about a tiny snafu NBC10 had regarding some doggy-goings out in Germantown. Reporter reporter Christine Maddela was up in their new helicopter, SKYFORCE10, when the camera zoomed in on some dogs going at it.

Apparently, ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel thought it was as a funny as I did.

Maddela was a good sport about the whole thing, tweeting at me:

POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 9:58 AM
"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, 4:41 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: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:03 PM
Tina Fey arriving for the 2011 Golden Globes Award. Fey has local roots in Upper Darby, but her “30 Rock” counterpart, Liz Lemon, attended Bryn Mawr on “a partial competitive jazz dance scholarship.” (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Upper Darby's own Tina Fey will chat with James Lipton on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. What will our local gal discuss? Tina will talk about her comedy roots at Chicago's Second City, her time as the first lady head writer on "Saturday Night Live" (not to mention those killer Sarah Palin impersonations) and her Golden Globe hosting duties with bestie Amy Poehler.

Speaking of Sarah Palin, Fey told Lipton during the interview that the person who recognized her resemblance to the former veep candidate was "SNL" boss Lorne Michael's doorman. Let's hope he got a big Christmas tip after that suggestion. I'm also particularly excited for the Proust questionnaire, which Lipton asks every celeb. So what does Fey want to hear God say when she reachers the pearly gates? "You’re roommates with Oprah!"

Fey's on the show promoting her new movie, "Admission," co-starring Paul Rudd and taking place at Princeton. It hits theaters March 22.


POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:54 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, 11:47 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, 1:20 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.

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