A Gritty Little Women Reboot Set in Philadelphia Could Be A TV Show


It’s been a longstanding literary truth that Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy would be much more interesting characters if they were eating cheesesteaks in a gritty, dystopian future.

The longstanding wish may soon become a reality.

Deadline reported yesterday writer Alexis Jolly and NCIS star Michael Weatherly are developing a reboot of Little Women set on “the dystopic streets of Philadelphia” for The CW.

The original 1860s Louisa May Alcott novel (adapting old works is desirable, because you don’t have to pay the author or her descendants royalties) is essentially a bildungsroman about four women growing up during the Civil War and its aftermath. The show is reportedly very early in development, so I have some suggestions as to how the story should be updated: Read more »

Fox Show Knock Knock Live Filmed in Fairmount Last Night

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Fox’s new show Knock Knock Live filmed in Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood last night.

The premise of the show is this: Celebrities knock on the doors of “unsuspecting” civilians and award them a cash prize to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Justin Bieber was knocking on doors on the West Coast, while former Cheetah Girl and current The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey knocked on doors in Philly.

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MTV Holding Real World Auditions at Paddy Whacks Saturday

Calling all extroverts. MTV is hosting an open casting call at Paddy Whacks this Saturday to seek out Philly’s most diverse and dynamic wild cards to join the next season of Real World.

If you have a knack for getting under other people’s skin or are just an all-around drama queen/king, you may be the perfect candidate. “We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” says Jonathan Murray, executive producer of Real World.  The show has been a leading MTV series for over twenty years, casting only the most eccentric characters to live under one roof for months at a time. This season’s host city has yet to be announced.

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Tina Fey and Kimmy Schmidt Cast Lip-Sync Beyoncé’s “Flawless”

Last night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess posted on Instagram a video of him, Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski lip-syncing Beyoncé’s “Flawless.”

The video was taken from a jet and, being an Instagram post, it’s dreadfully short. They all get to show off their lip-syncing skills, though—especially Fey, who nails it with an extra bit of sass at the end.

Earlier that day, the crew attended the Television Critics Association press tour to talk up season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series, which was created by Fey and her 30 Rock co-hort Robert Carlock, is due out late 2015.

SPOTTED: Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner Dining at Talula’s Garden

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L-R: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Samuel Roukin and Roe Hartrampf

The cast of Equity arrived in Philly last week to begin filming a movie about women on Wall Street.  Equity is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Haverford native and Orange Is the New Black prison maven Alysia Reiner, and is the first film produced through their production company Broad Street Pictures.

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Questlove Named Music Producer of Upcoming Roots Remake

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

A+E Networks is taking on the gargantuan task of remaking the television version of Roots, which was adapted from Alex Haley’s decades-spanning tome that follows the author’s family from their homeland in Africa to America where they live as slaves. The original miniseries, which aired over several days, was a major event when it played on TVs in the late 1970s. Deadline has more on the premise:

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The Voice Offers Spot to Low Cut Connie Singer Adam Weiner, He Says No

Low Cut Connie singer Adam Weiner at the piano. (Photo by Marcus Junius Laws)

Low Cut Connie singer Adam Weiner at the piano. (Photo by Marcus Junius Laws)

Low Cut Connie is one of the most entertaining bands to come out of Philadelphia in the last several years, and their success is growing, thanks in part to the charismatic piano-playing frontman, cofounder Adam Weiner. So it’s no surprise to us that a TV show like The Voice would invite a guy like Weiner to be a part of their upcoming season — without an audition.

But what did surprise us — and many of Low Cut Connie’s fans, not to mention Weiner’s parents — was that he said no, blowing off the opportunity to increase his and his band’s name recognition exponentially overnight. Here, we ask him to explain himself. Read more »

WATCH: Judd Apatow Impersonate Bill Cosby On Fallon

Director Judd Apatow is everywhere lately, making the media rounds to promote his new Amy Schumer-starring film (and from what I hear a must-see) Trainwreck. Last night he stopped by Fallon, where he got a chance to show off the trade that got him started in show business: standup. His 4-minute set is pretty great — especially the moment where he does his Bill Cosby impression and confronts the allegations against the legendary comedian.

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Meisha Johnson Arrives at CBS3 as New Traffic Reporter

Meisha Johnson / Courtesy CBS3

Meisha Johnson | Courtesy CBS3

There’s another new face at CBS3: Meisha Johnson.

The station’s new traffic reporter comes to Philadelphia from Minnesota, where she served in the same role at KMSP, the Fox affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, since 2013. She also appeared on several nationally syndicated PowerSports programs on Fox Sports, and has served as an announcer for Snocross, ATV and Supercross motorcycle races.

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