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POSTED: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 6:11 PM
Filed Under: Television
Screenshot via YouTube.

Jimmy Kimmel had singer Sia on his show Thursday night, but before she took the stage, Jimmy applauded the talented young dancer who appeared in Sia’s video for “Chandelier.”

Eleven year old Maddie Ziegler, who’s on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”, gave Jimmy and Guillermo dance lessons from her dramatic and artistic moves in Sia’s music video.

Jimmy and Guillermo dress for the part wearing nude leotards and blonde wigs. However, Ziegler was not too impressed with their efforts.

POSTED: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 3:40 PM
Filed Under: Television
Season two of "Orange is the New Black" premiered Friday on Netflix.
If you haven't had a chance to binge the entire second season of Netflix's “Orange Is the New Black” yet — perhaps because your boss would've been wise to you conveniently calling out sick on Friday morning — and are afraid of spoilers, well, there's an app for that.

Short of cutting yourself entirely off of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and the whole rest of the internet until you've finished the series, downloading an app here or a browser extension there can let you have the best of both worlds.

TheWrap has found and tested a few options that can let you watch “OITNB,” “Game of Thrones,” or any other super buzzy show at your leisure and still live your plugged-in life like a normal human being.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:37 PM
Filed Under: Television
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: Christina Grimmie performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 at Tate Modern on June 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

She’s been called the ‘Queen of YouTube Musicians.’

She’s toured internationally with Selena Gomez.

Now, 20-year-old Marlton, NJ native Christina Grimmie is the second youngest contestant on ‘The Voice’ to have a shot at the big win. Here are seven things you need to know about this South Jersey hometown hero:

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:27 AM
Filed Under: Television
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: 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, 9:04 AM
Filed Under: Television

Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars will kick off March 17, and thanks to a stunt on Good Morning America this morning, we now know the cast list. And while the show is usually known for its hodge-podge list of celebrity dancers, but this one might be the most eclectic yet. 

Among the celebrity cast this year are several Olympians, three singers, a couple of former childhood stars, and what’s left of Drew Carey. The stars, however, join the show on a season that saw its pre-production more or less fraught with peril thanks to the dismissal of co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and former bandleader Harold Wheeler. In fact, the cast revealed day will be the first to compete under new bandleader Ray Chew’s smaller, more electronic outfit.

The athletes, of course, are thought to have a substantial advantage over stars like Carey and fellow contestant Billy Dee Williams for obvious reasons. And, indeed, ice dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis could join the pantheon of fellow Olympian contestants like Shawn Johnson, Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno, all of whom competed on past seasons and won. But, still, it doesn’t seem like, say, NeNe Leakes would take that type of competition lightly, or Sean Avery for that matter.

POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:19 AM
Filed Under: Television
Director and rock musician Rob Zombie does some "fact-finding" with two of the Broad Street Bullies, Bernie Parent (center) and Bob Kelly. (ZACK HILL)

Last we heard from Rob Zombie, he had dashed our hopes of seeing Broad Street Bullies on the big screen by announcing he was shelving the project. Now, we get a little glimpse into why, and it has a lot to do with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. 

Zombie and Ellis will team up with Fox bring us a “limited series” based on the Manson Family murders in August 1969. The project is still in the early stages of development, but Ellis is slated to write the script and Zombie will direct (this instead of Broad Street Bullies). 

The Manson project reportedly will tell the converging stories of the Manson Family and their victims from multiple points of view. As a result, no existing material has been optioned, suggesting that Ellis and Zombie at least will go for an original take. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 3:00 AM
Filed Under: Television
Brice Johnston of 'Survivor: Cagayan,' Beauty Tribe member and Mt. Airy native. (Photo via CBS)

The 28th season of crowd favorite Survivor premieres tonight, and—surprise, surprise—they’ve got a Philly contestant. We linked up with Brice Johnston of the Survivor: Cagayan Beauty tribe to get his thoughts on the show, his innate “Phillyness,” and how being a Philly boy helped him to compete.

You’re one of just a few Survivor contestants in the history of the series from Philadelphia. Where in Philly are you from?

I’m from Mt. Airy and went to Abington High School. For college, I went to Temple and majored in elementary education with a minor in public health. I currently live in Chestnut Hill and work as a social worker for Montgomery County, but I pay for school by working at a shoe store part time.

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