(UPDATE) Tollefson Expected to Plead Guilty

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[Update 9:55 a.m.] Laurie Mason Schroeder of The Morning Call tweets that Tollefson is pre-empting trial with a guilty plea, but she doesn’t specify which charges he’s pleading to.

[Original 9:10 am] Don Tollefson, the troubled former Philly sportscaster, goes on trial today for charges he stole money from sports fans who thought they were buying travel packages to major sporting events.
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Story Lines We Won’t See On How to Get Away With Murder Now that the Show Ditched Philly to Film on the West Coast

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Watching the debut of super-producer Shonda Rhimes’ new show, How to Get Away with Murder, was a little like spotting one of your exes strutting around in a T-shirt you lent them and never got back. The new legal thriller, created by former Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy writer Pete Nowalk, shot its pilot here this past March. It was later picked up by Rhimes-obsessed ABC — a victory punctuated by the entire operation moving to the West Coast.

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WATCH: Bill Cosby’s Bizarre Appearance on Colbert Report

Bill Cosby, who’s working on a new NBC sitcom and was recently the subject of a long profile in The New Yorker, appeared on The Colbert Report last night. And he did a very weird bit.

“Betsy Ross asked me if she wanted to — if she could do a flag,” Cosby says to open the interview. “And I said no. Betsy Ross did the flag because George Washington heard that I had turned her down.” He eventually gets Colbert to rip up his cards, and makes silly noises with his mouth. It’s a classic rambling Bill Cosby bit. The best part is probably how he refuses to let Colbert praise him as a comedy legend.

There’s an extended cut, too.

SPOILER ALERT: How Temple’s Cody Calafiore Did On Big Brother Finale

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Again, spoiler alert!

Temple alum Cody Calafiore, who is said to have flirted his way to the end, took home the second-place prize on last night’s finale of the 16th season of Big Brother. The title earns him a not-too-lousy $50,000 prize.

Some would say he handed away his chance of winning when he decided to take Derek Levasseur to the final two. Levasseur had been praised for playing one of the reality show’s best social games of the season, and was considered to be a shoe-in for voters if he made it to the end.

The 23-year-old graduate of Temple‘s Fox School of Business grew up in Howell, New Jersey. He also played midfield on the Temple Owls soccer team.

As we reported at the beginning of the season, Calafiore makes a living working as a sales account executive, though he’s raised some eyebrows as a model in this blush-worthy underwear ad:

Kevin Hart to Be Guest Judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Philly’s own Kevin Hart will fill in for Len Goodman as guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars next Monday, September 29th. Next week’s episode is “Movie Night,” and Hart will help Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judge the final 11 celebrity contestants and their partners as they celebrate songs from the silver screen.

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Kathy Griffin to Take Over Joan Rivers’ Spot on E!’s Fashion Police

Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin (via Shutterstock)

Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin (via Shutterstock)

Everyone’s favorite red-headed fag hag Kathy Griffin is in talks to take over the late Joan Rivers’ spot on the popular E! show Fashion Police. According to several reports, Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has given E! network her graces to continue the half-hour program that takes a no-holds-bar approach to critiquing Hollywood’s fashion choices (or, as Joan would have put it, the “fash-holes”).

Although the program will never be quite the same without Joan’s amazingly abrasive humor, we are quite excited about what Kathy will bring to the table.

As Joan would have said, “Can we talk?”

 

Philly’s Courtney Lapresi Wins Season 5 of MasterChef

courtney lapresiCourtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”

There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.

She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!

[Entertainment Weekly]

Sheinelle Jones to Anchor Today Weekends

A familiar face is getting a new, high-profile gig.

The Today Show reports:

Sheinelle Jones has joined the TODAY team as the news anchor of the weekend program.

Jones joins NBC News from FOX in Philadelphia, where she spent nine years serving as a co-host of its Emmy Award-winning show “Good Day Philadelphia.”

Jones is taking over for Jenna Wolfe, who will be moving to the weekdays as TODAY’s first-ever lifestyle and fitness correspondent. Jones will take up her new role beginning on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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