Two Local Women Starring in Fantasy Reality Series The Quest

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series "The Quest."

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series “The Quest.” Photo courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell.

South Jersey-bred school counselor Lina Carollo had no idea what she was getting into when she showed up to the airport this spring to fly off to film a reality show she had been cast in called The Quest. She didn’t even know where she was flying until a front desk attendant said, “Have fun in Austria!”

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Why Stephen A. Smith Hasn’t Been Fired for His Domestic Abuse Victim-Blaming

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Update: Smith has been suspended by ESPN for his comments.

Stephen A. Smith (or “Screamin’ A,” as one of my Twitter followers calls him) gave a corporate apology at the top of ESPN’s First Take yesterday for his ridiculous domestic violence victim-blaming in relation to Ray Rice’s controversial two-game suspension resulting from an ugly incident earlier this year at Revel. It was the type of apology that we’ve all come to expect during a dust-up when a public figure who gains prominence for vocalizing a controversial opinion wants to sweep the furor under the rug. In that way, it was entirely uneventful.

It took 72 hours (he should be thanking God for small favors in the form of the weekend news cycle drag), but with a smidge less heat surrounding him, Smith delivered his contrition with standard applications of feigned revelation and self-interest. There are debates about whether or not Smith should be allowed to keep his job; those debates are not without merit, though as of this writing Smith has announced (well-timed!) plans to leave the network and head over to more irreverent pastures at SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.

That the same hand of mercy covers Smith and Ray Rice in equal measure.

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Superhero Series The Flash To Feature Not One But Two Gay Characters

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash.)

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash.)

American Horror Story: Freak Show aside, there’s a whole other reason to get excited about TV this fall. The Huffington Post reports that CW Arrow spin-off series The Flash will feature two gay characters. More from out writer/producer (and current boyfriend of soccer star Robbie Rogers) Grant Berlanti:

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Orange is the New Black Sparks Renewed Interest in Eastern State Penitentiary

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Photos courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary. Embarrassingly basic Photoshopping by Josh Middleton.

Recently my roommate and I decided to take a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP.) Neither of us had ever been, and I assume it was a fairly standard visit. But after the obligatory let’s-make-this-look-scarier-than-it-really-is Instagram shots, I realized we were both thinking about the same thing—our recent binge-watching sessions of the second season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB).

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Everything You Need to Know About Who Will Join Whoopi and Rosie on The View?

"Don't even think about bringing back Hasselbeck."

“Don’t even think about bringing back Hasselbeck.”

After last week’s announcement that the ever-opinionated Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to daytime television’s The View, there’s been heavy speculation about who will join her and Whoopi Goldberg on the roundtable. Joy Behar, one of the former co-hosts, suggested on an interview with Don Lemon of CNN that the show is “going for fireworks rather than camaraderie.”  And, boy, if any of the rumors are true, there will be explosions!

We rounded up some of the most talked-about co-host rumors, plus added in a few picks of our own. In short, it’s everything you need to know about who’ll sit next to Whoopi and Rosie (and what kind of shit-talking will start from day one of the new season.)



Game of Thrones Leads 2014 Emmy Nominations With 19 Nods

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The 2014 Emmy nominations were released this morning. The list comprises a pretty solid collection of television, cable and Netflix shows and stars. Orange is the New Black gets 12 nods, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress (Taylor Schilling); and American Horror Story: Coven racked up, too, with six nominations. That one may get a little sticky, considering three of the show’s divas, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, are all up for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series. The No. 1 earner of the year is Game of Thrones, which gets a whopping 19 mentions, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress for Lena Headey.

Check out the complete list of nominees below.

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Rapid Fire Questions With Bianca Del Rio: America’s Next Drag Superstar On Her New Movie, Being Famous, and Her Favorite Philly Venue

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What has Bianca Del Rio been up to since being crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar? Besides touring the globe with the rest of her Drag Race counterparts, she and her cute-as-hell bestie Matt Kugelman are partnering up on a film entitled Hurricane Bianca. The sure-to-be-camp-classic tells the story of a queer man who takes revenge on a small town in the South after being fired for being gay. His revenge? Returning as Bianca, a bitchy queen, who, true to form, is ready to read that town to filth.

The film is in crowd-funding stage as we speak. We caught up with Del Rio and Kugelman recently for more details on the project. We also shot Bianca a series of rapid-fire questions, where she reveals all kinds of personal anecdotes, including her thoughts on Voyeur.

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GIRL TALK: Ross Mathews On the Future of His Talk Show, Favorite Red Carpet Moments, and Wedding Plans With Salvadore

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I had a quick chat with television personality Ross Mathews yesterday afternoon while he was in a car driving from New York City to the airport. He’s currently making the media rounds to chat about his involvement with Pennsylvania-based company OraQuick, the oral, in-home HIV-test that’s changed the way we know our status by giving results in 20 minutes—in the privacy of our homes.

I’ve always admired Mathews as an out-and-proud gay man who really seems to be living his dream—and he seems so grateful. As you probably know, he got his start as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. From there he moved on to become a regular correspondent on the show before getting in good with Chelsea Handler, who put him on Chelsea Lately as a regular—amazingly quick-witted—roundtable guest. Today he’s the host of his own talk show, Hello Ross, on E!, and the best-selling author of Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.

During our conversation, I asked him about all that, if the rumors about his talk show getting axed are true, and if he’ll be following Chelsea to her new gig on Netflix.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Star in TV Show Based on Daily News Pulitzer

Ruderman and Laker (left); Parker (Shutterstock)

Ruderman and Laker (left); Parker (Shutterstock)

We already knew that Busted, the great true-crime dirty-cop book by Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, was a Philly classic. Can it be a TV classic?

We’re going to find out. Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on to star in a “limited series” TV show based on the book, which in turn is based on the Pulitzer-winning reporting the two journos did on the “Tainted Justice” series of Daily News articles that uncovered corruption on a Philly Police narcotics squad.

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