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.
She’s free! Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice walked out of prison this morning after famously serving nearly a year for bankruptcy fraud. She got out a little earlier than her 15-month sentence for good behavior.
Unsurprisingly, the reality star barely got past the grounds before the paparazzi started flashing their cameras. People magazine shared the first series of photos as as she drove away from Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, at around 5 am this morning.
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Over the weekend, Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and her comic partner-in-crime Amy Poehler hosted Saturday Night Live, the last episode before the new year. The funny ladies did nearly everything we hoped they’d do. Poehler brought back her Hillary Clinton impersonation, Tina Fey did Sarah Palin and, in one hilarious segment, even let loose her Philly accent.
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Hillary Clinton is going to be on an episode of Broad City, y’all. A few hours ago, the Democratic presidential frontrunner tweeted a photo of herself with Broad City stars/creators/hilarious people Abbi Jacobson (a Wayne native) and Ilana Glazer. They’re joined by the show’s executive producer Amy Poehler, who, as you may know, famously portrayed Clinton on Saturday Night Live.
New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff confirmed her appearance in a later tweet, sharing an image of Clinton bear-hugging Jacobson and Glazer on a monitor on set.
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After rather surprisingly stellar ratings last summer, M. Night Shyamalan‘s television debut, Wayward Pines, has been picked up by Fox for a 10-episode second season.
The first season of the psychological drama starred Matt Dillon, who, without giving any spoiler alerts, awoke one afternoon in a bizarre town and spent his days figuring out where he was, who the strange people around him were and — most importantly — how to get the hell out of there. There were monsters, creepy school kids and lots and lots of cliffhangers. Deadline reports that the second season will pick up where season 1 left off, “when a new arrival in Wayward Pines finds himself in the middle of a serious rebellion, as the residents battle over how to preserve the endangered human race.”
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Awesome Fest founder Josh Goldbloom has had an odd tune stuck in his head for the past, say, two decades: the theme song to Perfect Strangers.
Sometimes, when you just can’t get something out of your system, the best thing to do is give in to it. That’s exactly what he’s doing starting at the end of this month, when he kicks off a free weekly gathering at the Foundry in the new Fillmore Philadelphia that pays homage to all things TV from the 1980s and early-90s. The event, called Thank God It’s Monday!, promises “nostalgic overload of curated sitcoms, commercials, oddities, rarities, VHS movies, sweatpants & TV dinners.”
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Last night, Jimmy Kimmel’s ongoing “Mash Up Monday,” a series that pairs unlikely artists on songs that take us all back, featured Philly’s own Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduates teamed up with rock group Fall Out Boy for a rendition of BIIM’s 1991 hit and quintessential BIIM song, “Motownphilly.” For this one-time-only performance, the new super boy group called themselves “Fall Out Boyz II Men” and let the song have it. Check it out above. Wait for the bridge, when Fall Out boy frontman Patrick Stump joins in on the famous harmonizing / scat-singing with the group.
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Evan Jonigkeit in Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s “Never the Sinner” (2009) | Photo by John Flak
An actor who cut his teeth on Philly stages, Evan Jonigkeit, has been cast in a new action series from Netflix called Frontier. The show is set in Canada in the late 18th century and concerns a group of cutthroat characters who are fighting to control the North American fur trade.
“Told from multiple perspectives,” explains Deadline. “the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.”
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Just when you thought the name “Snooki” was erased from our collective memories, the reality television star is returning to the small screen to host a new show with her husband titled Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip (Yes, Nicole is Snooki’s real name). Read more »