Weep not for Fox29 10 p.m. coanchor
, whose last day on the air after six years will be June 13 because his contract was not renewed. "I'm trying to look at this as a positive," said Huddleston, 44, who called his release "a surprise" because ratings were "going well."
"I believe something good will come from it," said Huddleston, whose wife,
, and kids (ages 13 and 10) have grown attached to the area. "We're looking at everything, including staying here and getting out of the business."
New news director
and newish general manager
are said to be planning other moves, and it's no secret that every TV agent in America has been on the line to Fourth and Market.
One player expected to remain is reporter/anchor
, whose agent,
Lloyd Zane Remick
, says she has been reupped for multiyears, though a station rep says ink has not gone to paper.
says docs have cleared his return to Fox29 and WPEN (950) in two weeks. The veteran sports anchor has been laid up since March 23, when his car was sideswiped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and one of his shoulders was separated and fractured when metal hit median. Only Thursday he learned he would not need surgery. What troubled him most, he says, was his time away from his charity, One Child Saved. "We missed four fund-raisers," Tollefson says, adding that he's drumming up money for scholarships. Tolly's own contract is coming up soon; he says talks began before his injury.
Two Philly-area men turn up among 10 chefs competing for their own show on tonight's season premiere of
The Next Food Network Star
(10 p.m., Food Network).
If cooking in quantity is important, Camden-raised
Aaron McCargo Jr.
, 36, is a lock. He's executive chef for catering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, overseeing about 40 jobs a day. McCargo says he attended a year at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, but left after a year to help his mother with his brothers. He later created several restaurants in Camden but opted for Jeff for stability and benefits. He's married and has three kids.
If camera-friendliness is key, a guy to watch is
, 31, who helped run the Smoked Joint, the ill-starred barbecue eatery in Center City, and now waits tables at Amada in Old City. "The best thing about the show is that it's excited my passion for cooking again," says Gertler, who calls himself an attention hound. He's single, lives in South Philly, acts in commercials, and does improv with the troupe Tongue & Groove.
is due June 17 to play a shady fight promoter in
The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
, an indie film that starts shooting around town Tuesday. Sandwich baron
Tony Luke Jr.
plays a onetime fighter, newly out of prison, who teaches the ropes to a picked-on youth (played by 15-year-old
). Also in it are
and former Miss Universe
, and boxers
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
have roles, says director/producer
wrote the script based on Luke's story.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
wants a crowd to show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for a scene near City Hall. (Exact location is not firmed up, but you won't be able to miss it.)
Rob McElhenney, Danny DeVito
will be there, as will Eagles
Preston and Steve
, playing construction workers.
Marley & Me
wrapped in Chester County, which means
have left. Wilson was spotted Thursday at Kildare's in West Chester over a turkey burger and a beer.
is wrapping Tuesday.
did their final shots Friday in Prospect Park.
is long gone.
Oak Lane Day School in Blue Bell on Wednesday will be visited by a crew from Japanese TV outlet NHK, shooting a documentary on alum
Jennifer and Chase Utley
drew nearly a dozen Phillies to their first charity event as Utley All-Star Animals. Thursday's casino night at FUEL in Old City raised $200,000 for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Details and photos are at
Who won the National League East last season? The New York Daily News reported last week that a tourism brochure printed by the Queens Borough President's Office called Shea Stadium "home to the 2007 National League East Division Champion New York Mets professional baseball club." The same Mets who choked and lost the flag to the Phillies. "Typo" is the explanation.
of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. told the paper: "On behalf of the Fighting Phils, we demand a reprint."
At 3:58 a.m. Friday, as QVC host
was closing her shift, boyfriend
walked onto the set with roses in hand and proposed. (What happened to "say it with Diamonique"?) Cersell, in engineering sales, met Killinger, a vet of
, less than a year ago at a dry cleaner in Chester County.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
in the studio on this week's
Fridays With Frank
, 6 to 7 p.m. on WPHT (1210). Sinatra, singing at the Atlantic City Hilton next weekend, will greet guests at the invitation-only parties for the Hilton's new Patsy's, which will open to the public June 13.
Wall-E, star of the soon-to-open Disney-Pixar movie
, supposedly was not high maintenance during an overnight stay last week at the Loews. Rather than a luxury suite, the fully functional robot required only a small conference room to plug in and recharge.