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Sports Director Don Tollefson, who returned to Fox 29 Sunday night after being out since early April recovering from a car accident, is back on leave, a station spokeswoman confirmed late Monday night. "He's back on leave," is all the station would say though we're told Tolly's desk was cleaned out Monday evening and that there's more going on. We'll stay on the story. Tollefson, who did not return a text message or e-mail sent last night, returned to his ESPN 950 AM radio show over the weekend.
Fox 29 sports director Don Tollefson will return to the air during Sunday's News at 10, a station spokeswoman confirmed this afternoon. Tolly has been off since early April after suffering neck and shoulder injuries in a car accident. He recently returned to his radio show on ESPN 950 AM. Also at Fox 29, expect to see 5 p.m. anchor Kerri-Lee Halkett paired with Dawn Stensland on the 10 o'clock news next week. Stensland's longtime co-anchor Dave Huddleston's last day at the station was last night. His contract was not renewed after six years at the station.
Although "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" won't be shooting at the Center City office of the Philadelphia Soul, the FX comedy series will soon re-create the team's office on its set in Culver City, Calif. As part of the episode "Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life," some of which was shot here last week, Mac, played by South Philly-raised Rob McElhenney, and Frank, played by Danny DeVito, try to purchase the arena football team from Jon Bon Jovi.
The show is hoping for a cameo from Bon Jovi in the episode, but a team spokesman yesterday said he wasn't sure whether JBJ would appear. He did say that the Arena Football League granted use of the team logo in the show and that the team sent some merchandise to the series. The Soul, meanwhile, are 11-3 and tied for first with the Dallas Desperadoes. The fourth season of "Sunny" premieres on FX in September.
State Sens. John Rafferty and Mike Stack were on hand for shooting on Friday and chatted with the cast and director Fred Savage. The senators were quickly roped into the action, taping a segment on camera playing senators trying to shut down the production, taking turns discussing how "filthy and offensive" the risque comedy is. In real life, both are supporters of the show, as well as the PA Film Tax Credit, which helps bring movies and television shows to Philadelphia.
Here's a shot of Danny DeVito in a hairpiece from the set of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," when the FX comedy shot in Logan Square the other day. DeVito's looking up at Rob McElhenney, the South Philly raised co-creator of the show. The pair were shooting the episode "Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life," directed by Fred Savage. Below, the poncho-loving Savage directs McElhenney, also wearing a rug, and DeVito. The show's fourth season premieres in September. Photos by Christopher Gabello/ChristopherGabello.com
Yeah dudes, it's the fourth season and has now been fixed above. Chill.
Yeah dudes, it's the fourth season and has now been fixed above. Chill.
There's never a dull moment at CBS3.
Lead anchor Larry Mendte is under investigation by the FBI over allegedly reading personal e-mails of his former colleague Alycia Lane without her permission., the Inquirer reported last night. This comes just five months after Lane was fired by the station after being arrested in New York and charged with hitting a female police officer for which she was later cleared and her case remains in a prolonged period of dismissal.
“On Thursday federal investigators approached Larry Mendte as a result of claims made by
Schwartz, of the Pepper Hamilton firm, was retained Thursday by Mendte. He knows both sides of this fence, having previously worked for 14 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in
Fox 29 News at 10 anchor Dave Huddleston's contract with the station will not be renewed, and his last day at the station is expected to be June 13, a station spokeswoman confirmed this afternoon. He joined Fox 29 in June 2002. Fox 29 VP/GM Mike Renda says "We appreciate Dave's many contributions to WTXF during his time with Fox 29 News." We hear a search is underway for Huddleston's replacement but that in the meantime, anchor Dawn Stensland may be teamed with various Fox faces. A call to Huddleston was not immediately returned this afternoon.
UPDATE: Huddleston just got back to us to say that he is "clearly disappointed," with Fox 29's decision to not renew his contract, but says there is new management and they want to do what they want to do. The anchor, who turns 44 tomorrow, and wife Tracey and their two children "fell in love with Philadelphia," and he hopes to stay in the area, if that's possible. Huddleston and agent Henry Reisch however will explore options nationally as well. The family who live in Glen Mills, came here from Minneapolis in 2002. Huddleston was raised in Seattle.
West Philly and Willingboro raised actor Gary Dourdan, of "CSI," was busted in Palm Springs yesterday and is alleged to have been in possession of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs, TMZ is reporting. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the actor was asleep in his car at 5:21 AM when they approached the vehicle and made the bust. The site, which has had previous run-ins with the actor, says he posted $5,000 bail and was released. An e-mail we sent Dourdan's spokeswoman was not immediately returned this afternoon. Dourdan had previously confessed his affinity for marijuana to Philadelphia magazine in an May 2007 interview with Richard Rys, but the Rastafari's puffing practices, are a far cry from the hard drugs he's now allegedly using.
He may have offended viewers in the process, but Cherry Hill native Adam Jasinski has the last laugh, taking the $500,000 prize by winning CBS' "Big Brother" Sunday night. Jasinski, 29, who works in public relations in Florida, attended Camden County Community College, and during production of the show, in which castmates are cut off from society in a California mansion, he referred to autistic children as retards, and was then fired as representation by the United Autism Foundation. On a live 24/7 Internet feed of the "Big Brother" house, the politically incorrect Jasinski called a gay castmate a "f----t".
The picture on Mikey P's MySpace page, of the singer with one hand on his crotch and the other giving the finger, was taken before he learned to be a gentleman while taping MTV's upcoming "From G's to Gents," he assures.
Mikey P, part of local hip-hop/pop act DaCav5, was among 15 contestants who learn "manners, how to be a gentleman and to practice chivalry," on the show produced by Jamie Foxx and hosted by Fonzworth Bentley, the dapper gent who used to be P. Diddy's butler. It airs this summer. On Thursday, DaCav5 will release an album's worth of songs for free download on its MySpace page. The group also will perform on May 16 at the Susquehanna Bank Center at Q102's Q Concert 2008. Mikey P and bandmate B-Roc work in promotions at the radio station.
When we spoke to Pine Hill's Matt Sigel after his signature dish of diver scallops and white chocolate made Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" host puke, Sigel predicted that despite Gordon Ramsay's regurgitation, other chefs would bite on his dish. Food Network host Robert Irvine cooked diver scallops with white chocolate (Hershey's to be exact) during a "Dinner Impossible" episode that aired Wednesday. Sigel says that Irvine, for whom he used to work at Atlantic City's Caesars, clearly copied the dish from him, but he's not mad. Sigel, who's survived four episodes so far on the already-taped Fox reality show, just gave two-weeks' notice at the Warwick Radisson Plaza and Tavern 17, where he has been a bread and pastry chef. In early May he'll start cooking at Pizzicato (500 Rt. 73 S) in Marlton.