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On Ottawa Shootings, TV News Got It Wrong. Again.

I was at home watching cable news when the shooting in Ottawa, Canada broke. What followed was the all-too-familiar routine of wall-to-wall coverage on all […]

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Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled

Finally, the Arsenio Hall Show has been cancelled. Here is our review of the very first show from Arsenio Hall’s “comeback.” It was originally published […]

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What Reality TV Is Really Teaching America

It’s award season in the magazine industry, and this year, I’m up for a couple. Oh, this isn’t like the Emmys or the Grammys or […]

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Keith Olbermann Says Philadelphia Flyers Fans Are Illiterate

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Xfinity: Philly Loves True Detective

As Comcast gears up for Xfinity’s annual “Watchathon” — hundreds of shows with hundreds of episodes available on-demand, for free, for all cable subscribers from […]

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Philly’s 20 Biggest Losers of 2013

Each year, I ask my colleagues, friends (yes, I actually have some!), and in-the-know Philadelphians for nominations for my Biggest Losers list, showcasing the region’s […]

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The Best and Worst Tweets from the Live Sound of Music

NBC executives must be kicking themselves for not airing the live three-hour Sound of Music special during the all-important November ratings book. The ratings are […]

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The 10 Best Philly News Bloopers of the Last Decade

Before YouTube, TV news bloopers were passed down through newsroom generations via word of mouth. I was working at NBC 10 for less than a […]

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Why I’m Quitting Comcast (Again)

Dear Comcast, I won’t burden myself with pleasantries. Frankly, for reasons we both should be keenly aware of, you and I are past that point. […]

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The Good, the Bad and the WTF of the 2013 Emmys

What was that? Somehow, the 65th Annual Emmy Awards, which had the incomparable host Neil Patrick Harris and a night filled with genuine surprises—Tony Hale for […]

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WATCH: Arsenio Hall Review: He Blew It Big Time

Monday night proved to be an exciting one in the land of television, especially here in Philadelphia. The Eagles dominated the Redskins in the 7 […]

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Fall Television Preview: 12 Best and Worst Pilots

With almost 30 new scripted shows debuting this fall, it might be overwhelming to know where to even begin. So let me do the work […]

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Top 10 Philadelphia PSAs on YouTube

When I was a little kid, all the Saturday cartoon characters got together to tell me not to do drugs. They did it in Cartoon […]

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America’s Got Talent Producers: Here’s My Reality TV Show Idea

On Wednesday night, ABC Family debuted its newest show, Spell-Mageddon, hosted by none other than Alfonso Ribeiro of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (and that Michael Jackson […]

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There’s Hope for The Newsroom

I write this with more than a little trepidation, but there may be hope for The Newsroom. Aaron Sorkin’s scorched HBO drama about a cable […]