I watch a lot of local news. Not only because it keeps me informed on the events of the day and on which programs are coming up that night on ABC, but also because it’s frequently hilarious. There are double-digit hours of local news on TV every day, and occasionally silly stuff is going to get through. Because I’m a huge dork, I save it.
And so in 2014 and 2015, I collected the best local news screenshots of the year. Below are the best of 2016, presented without comment. Happy new year!
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Almost three years ago, there was a clue on Jeopardy! about the Schuylkill River. The clue asked contestants which river George Washington used as a defensive boundary when he camped at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. No one got it.
Monday night, Jeopardy! ran another Schuylkill River clue. Again, Jeopardy! Clue Crew member Kelly Miyahara stood next to the Schuylkill River and asked contestants to identify the Schuylkill.
Perhaps because no one got it last time, this one was even easier. Contestants were given several pieces of information in the clue — Boathouse Row, flows into the Delaware, Philadelphia, and “we’ll give you some leeway in your pronunciation.” Read more »
Captain Noah promotional photo via WPVI
I was in first grade, and I was furious at Captain Noah.
At the end of every Captain Noah episode, the camera scrolled through a series of children’s drawings. When I was very little, about 5 or 6, I sent in a photo of my work to the man legally known as W. Carter Merbreier. His show, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, was just a weekend program by the time I was a kid. But I felt like a celebrity when my crappy drawing aired on his program.
So I tried again, my second shot at local television glory. And it never aired. I watched Captain Noah for months, waiting to see if they’d show my second photo. I remember being angry at Captain Noah. Why wasn’t I good enough to get two drawings on his show? I’d seen other people’s artwork twice, I swore.
I don’t like this memory, because it makes me sound bratty and I like to think I wasn’t much of a brat. Who cares if you can’t make it onto Captain Noah twice in your childhood? I feel stupid now, but I was kind of hurt. Read more »
Few could have predicted the runaway success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when it premiered on FX in August of 2005. The show (now on FXX) recently wrapped up airing its 11th season, and has now been renewed through season 14. The show Rob McElhenney originally developed with Glenn Howerton is now a phenomenon.
While it shoots primarily in Los Angeles, It’s Always Sunny occasionally films some exteriors in Philly. On Friday, it’s filming in Center City around 12th and Locust. Read more »
Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer has an interview online today with the New York Times talking bars, rescuing them, and TV. The conversation takes a detour into his time managing a Philly bar during the early 1980s: Read more »
This is Mike Nutter, TV pundit: Provocative words, sleep-inducing tone.
Nutter went on CNN Tuesday night to discuss the New Hampshire primary results — CNN commentator being one of the growing list of new jobs he’s taken on since ending his eight-year mayorship last month. Two things became apparent during his commentary. Read more »
Charlie Day was on Conan last night, and he shared an interesting story about filming the latest season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Or, you know, a terrifying story.
While filming the 11th season, which premiered last month, Day said they got into a bit of trouble with an underwater scene with Danny DeVito. Read more »
Boyz II Men provided one of the highlights of Fox’s Sunday night staging of “Grease” as a live musical. Check them out. Read more »
Insert your “winter is coming” jokes here. Or maybe just make a Jon Snow pun.
In either case, Comcast confirmed Monday what most of us surely suspected: The weekend blizzard was a superb time to hunker down around a TV and binge-watch favorite shows. In Philadelphia and New Jersey, viewership spiked by 50 percent over the previous weekend. Read more »
A Philly man is suing Lee Daniels, the creator of the Fox show Empire, saying Daniels took the idea for the show from him.
Clayton Prince Tanksley says he pitched a show called Cream to Daniels at a 2008 event organized by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. He says he gave Daniels a script and a DVD of three 30-minute episodes of the proposed show.
Tanksley says that Empire is “substantially similar” to Cream — with elements such as mood, characters, plots, scenes, and story lines that are “virtually identical” to the materials he gave Daniels at the pitch meeting.
It’s worth taking a look at the lawsuit, below, because it features side-by-side comparisons of Tanksley’s project and Empire. One example:
Other defendants include producer Danny Strong, Fox TV, as well as Sharon Pinkenson and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks an unspecified amount of damages, plus interest.