"The Divide," the Philadelphia-set drama based on the work of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, has been cancelled by WE TV after one season. The low-rated showed was created by Tony Goldwyn, better known as "Scandal's" hunky President Fitzgerald Grant, and Richard LaGravenese ("The Fisher King," "Behind the Candelabra").
"The Divide" was the first scripted series for WE. But don't cry too hard. The show might have been set in Philly and featured basic exteriors, but it was shot in mostly in Toronto.
As rumored, former CBS3 Bob Kelly made his debut on "Good Day Philadelphia" this morning as the new traffic reporter for the morning show. He replaces Kacie McDonnell who decamped to Kansas City in August to be with now-fiancee Aaron Murray. Sue Serio had stepped in to do traffic in the interim.
To make the announcement, co-host Mike Jerrick pretended to pick any person on the street. Kelly, clad in a blue hoodie and sunglasses, just so happened to be standing at the correct bus stop (adorned with a "Good Day" ad, of course). Kelly's energy and general enthusiasm certainly fits with the "Good Day" brand, leading this gossip columnist to assume that Kelly will be more than happy to help out Jerrick, Serio and Alex Holley in their various shenanigans.
Kelly left CBS3 in September after 13 years with CBS3. "I truly expected to finish out my career at CBS, and the incredible outpouring of countless messages and phone calls has reminded me how much I really love doing what I get to do, and in the city I grew up in," Kelly told me in an email upon his depature from CBS3. "I'm not sure of the next step in the journey yet. But for now, I'm very much looking forward to sleeping in past 2:30 a.m. and waking up with my family. TV is in my blood and I love it with a passion. I look forward to the moment I can help the viewers navigate the roads once again."
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Rich Zeoli will take over the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 1210 WPHT. Zeoli had previously worked nights and done fill-in work for the station. Dick Morris, who will occupy the spot until the upcoming election, will continue to do a Saturday show for the Big Talker.
Zeoli will officially begin Wed., Nov. 5. The New Jersey native began as a part-timer at WPHT in 2010 and was hired full time in 2012.
"He has an unbelievable attitude. We’ve been grooming him and it totally made sense," said Marc Rayfield, senior vice president and market manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia. "He’s just a good guy and we were hoping we could put him on in primetime."
Eastern State Penitentiary will be featured on the “Today” show tomorrow morning. Last week, Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager stopped by the landmark to check out the Terror Behind the Walls Halloween extravaganza for the segment, learning about the prison's history and hamming it up at some of the exhibits.
Speaking of Terror Behind the Walls, if you haven't read about my buddy Helen Ubinas' experience as a zombie, catch up here.
Conservative talker Dick Morris announced this afternoon he is leaving his position at Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. Morris said he wanted to campaign for 2016 Republican candidates. Morris was hired by the station in March of last year, taking over for former Inquirer and Daily News columnist Buzz Bissinger, who left his position in December of 2012.
Morris will stay on through the election.
Station operations manager Andy Bloom said he did not have any plans to replace Morris as of yet and could not comment on whether the station would go in a different direction now that Morris has left. CBS Radio Philadelphia Senior Vice President and Market Manager Marc Rayfield said he had known about Morris' timeline for awhile. "He has done a great job for WPHT and we knew his busy schedule might one day make doing a daily radio show difficult," he said via e-mail. When Morris began the show, he told me he would split his time between Philadelphia and his home in Florida.
Former Penn dental student Ashley Hebert, a/k/a the season seven "Bachelorette," gave birth to her first child, Fordham Rhys Rosenbaum, with season seven victor/husband JP Rosenbaum, today according to US Weekly. Herbert completed her residency at Philly's St. Christopher's Children's Hospital.
The couple got married in December 2012. They reside in Princeton, although they revealed that they will be moving to Miami on the "Men Tell All" episode of the most recent season, starring Andi Dorfman, who is dating the brother of former Fox 29 doyenne Kacie McDonnell. "It was a brutal winter for us and I think we just needed a change, something where we could just have a good quality of life year round. I just want to be able to go outside all year and enjoy life," Herbert said on the special.
Temple alum Cody Calafiore took home the runner-up prize on last night's finale of the 16th season of "Big Brother." So what will the Howell, NJ native do with his cash? "I was already talking to my brother about reinvesting it," Calafiore said. "I wanted to pay off all of my student loans but unfortunately $50,000 is not even enough"
C'mon, nothing fun?
"I have to. The loans a real ball and chain every month," Calafiore said.
Former Phillie Mitch Williams is suing his former employer MLB Network for breach of contract, wrongful termination and defamation and Gawker Media, the company that owns sports news site Deadspin, for defamation, stemming from a story Deadspin reported about Williams’ behavior at his 10-year-old son’s baseball tournament. The suit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.
“We are aware that Mitch Williams has filed a law suit against MLB Network. We have not received it, but we have reviewed the reported claims in the statement issued today by his lawyer and there are inaccuracies included throughout,” a spokesman for MLB Network said. “We can confirm that Mitch Williams is no longer an MLB Network analyst. We believe that the behavior he demonstrated at the youth baseball tournament speaks for itself.”
Gawker Media has yet to return a statement.