Monthly Archives: March 2011

Danny Bonaduce For Two And A Half Men

How about Danny Bonaduce for Two And A Half Men?  He has sitcom experience, has “real life” experience, and more.

Phil-lays on Comcast SportsNet

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2011 Phillies Programming including Live Opening Day Coverage

2010 National League East Champions Return for 106 Games

after Record-Breaking Ratings in 2010

PHILADELPHIA- (March 21, 2011) – The defending National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies return to Comcast SportsNet for comprehensive coverage before, during and after every game. Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air a total of 106 regular season games, all in high definition, with extensive Opening Day coverage, a weekly magazine show, pre and postgame coverage for every game and exclusive features only available on Last season, the Phillies scored their 8th straight year of ratings growth on Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNet Opening Day Schedule for Friday, April 1

12 p.m. SportsRise

12:30 Phillies Pregame Live

4 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live

5 p.m. Daily News Live

6 p.m. SportsNite

The Comcast Network schedule for Saturday, April 2

6 p.m. Phillies Focus

6:30 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live

7 p.m. Phillies vs. Houston

Immediately after the game Phillies Postgame Live

2011 Broadcast Enhancements

New game enhancements for the 2011 Phillies season include the introduction of “Ultra Mo,” the latest HD technology that is capable of showing slow-motion replays of over 2,000 frames per second. Additional new enhancements include an all-new graphics package and score bug which will provide pertinent information using the latest technology in a viewer-friendly format.

All The Bases Covered

Leslie Gudel, Marshall Harris and Jim Salisbury team up for expanded Phillies coverage during the 2011 season. As’s Phillies Insider, Salisbury will report on the team both at home and on the road, providing feature stories, video blogs and Phillies chats for the website. Gudel and Harris will provide coverage on-air and online, including exclusive interviews and feature stories on the players, coaches and personalities that make the Phillies tick. Harris will also host Phillies Clubhouse this season. Fans can follow Salisbury, Gudel and Harris on Twitter at @jsalisburyCSN, @lesliegudel and @omarshallharris, respectively.

Pre- and Post-Game Coverage

In addition to live game coverage, Comcast SportsNet delivers pre and post-game coverage and analysis. Before every game on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network, viewers can catch the latest team developments, game previews and opposing team analysis on Daily News Live, SportsNite and Phillies Pregame Live.

Following each match-up, Phillies fans get a game breakdown with stats and highlights, and a look ahead to the rest of the season on Phillies Postgame Live. Other features include manager Charlie Manuel’s press conferences and reaction from the clubhouse. Phillies Postgame Live analysis will be provided by former Major League ball players Ricky Bottalico, Chris Coste and Ben Davis.

Bottalico returns for his fourth year as a Phillies analyst after playing 12 seasons in the major leagues including seven with the Philadelphia Phillies. Newcomer Chris Coste played four seasons with the Phillies, including the 2008 World Series season. Davis, a catcher from Malvern Prep, played seven seasons in the majors.

Phillies Clubhouse

Completing Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies lineup is the weekly 30-minute feature series Phillies Clubhouse. Phillies Clubhouse illustrates the deep bond between the Phillies and their fans with off-field player profiles, behind-the-scenes stories about fans and the people who make the team run, look into the future of the game with regular minor league updates, and relive great moments in Phillies’ history with the people who made it. This season’s features “My Memory” where Phillies players past and present recall the greatest moments in their career. “Phillies Clubhouse airs most Mondays at 7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury will have daily coverage of the Phils, including breaking news, extensive video and in-depth features. will also have a special “Aces Update” feature on the site which will follow the Phils’ starting rotation. Fans can also follow all games online with Comcast SportsNet’s “In-Game Live” which allows fans to follow the game live with play by play, stats and Comcast SportsNet tweets. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet on Twitter at @CSNPhilly or Facebook

Phillies Ratings Roundup

Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies game ratings have climbed 148% since 2002, including the 2010 season, when the Phillies scored an 8.3 average rating (247,000 HH) for live game action, a 16% increase over 2009’s 7.14 rating. In 2010, fans also tuned in to Comcast SportsNet’s “Phillies Postgame Live” in record numbers; the program averaged a 3.7 HH rating (110,000 HHs), up 19% from 2009 also marking the 8th straight year of record growth.


Philly Name From The Past Checks In

Here’s an email from former Philly radio and television personality Bill O’Brien.

 Dancin’ On Air…

I hosted that show for 4 years on WPHL-TV and now live in Los Angeles and work for Dial-Global Media. Your site helps keep me up to date with everything back home…in Philly media.

Speaking of Dancin’ on Air, we were the first American TV show to feature a brand new band from England called…Duran Duran. I’m actually interviewing them again tomorrow …for Dial-Global (Tuesday 3/22) in Burbank in their dressing room backstage before they tape the Tonight Show.
I’m also presenting them with a DVD copy of their first TV appearance “back in the day” in Philly on Dancin’ on Air…should be fun.
Keep up the great work!
Bill O’Brien

Philly Stars Bracket

Thinking about Dancin’ On Air, reminded me of Kelly Ripa, who got her start on Dance Party USA.  Here’s my Current Philly Stars Bracket:

1. Bill Cosby
2. Will Smith
3. Tina Fey
4. Kelly Ripa
5. Pink
6. Patti LaBelle
7. Bradley Cooper
8. David Boreananz
9. Kate Flannery (Meredith on The Office)
10. Jake Tapper (ABC News)
11. Ryan Phillipe (native of Delaware)
12. Adrian Pasdar
13. Holly Robinson Peete (The Talk)
14. The Roots (Jimmy Fallon Show)
15. Kristen and Alderson (One Life to Live)
16. Justin Guarini (American Idol, American Idiot on Broadway)

Let me know who I forgot.

Love For Dancin’ On Air

I apologize for omitting Dancin’ On Air on my original Television Field of 64.   I actually had it written in my notes, and forgot it when I posted.

More Vintage Videos

Here are some more vintage videos, courtesy of one of our readers.

80 Minutes Out of 90 Isn’t Bad

I just laughed my way through the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump…until things came to a screeching halt when Gilbert Gottfried came onstage. 

Also, “The Situation” from Jersey Shore was as bad as the media reported.

Television Field of 64

Classic Philly TV

(1) American Bandstand
(16) Challenge

(2) The Mike Douglas Show
(15) Sally Starr

(3) AM Philadelphia
(14) The Steel Pier Show

(4) The Al Alberts Show
(13)  The Gene London Show

(5) Evening Magazine
(12) Captain Noah

(6) Saturday Night Dead
(11)  The Jane Whitney Show

(7) Time Out
(10) Prime Time

(8) Larry Ferrari
(9) Chief Halftown


Talk Shows

(1)  Oprah
(16) Dr. Phil

(2)   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
(15) George Lopez

(3)  The View
(14) Ellen

(4) Regis & Kelly
(13) Piers Morgan

(5) Late Show with David Letterman
(12) Chelsea Lately

(6) Jimmy Kimmel
(11) The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

(7) The Joy Behar Show
(10) The Wendy Williams Show

(8) Jimmy Fallon
(9) Conan  


(1)   Saturday Night Live
(16) Fashion Police with Joan Rivers

(2) Family Guy
(15) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

(3) Two And A Half Men
(14) Glee

(4) The Office
(13) Parks and Recreation

(5) Hot in Cleveland
(12) The Cleveland Show

(6) Modern Family
(11)  The Simpsons

(7) Cougar Town
(10) Community

(8)  The Big Bang Theory
(9) How I Met Your Mother


(1) The Good Wife
(16) Private Practice

 (2) Big Love
(15) Grey’s Anatomy

(3) Desperate Housewives
(14) 90210

(4) NCIS
(13) Parenthood

(5) Castle
(12) Blue Bloods

(6) The Mentalist
(11) NCIS Los Angeles

(7) House
(10) Hawaii 5-O

(8) Brothers and Sisters
(9) Fringe

Shameless Plug

Feel free to book me for your class or group to talk about this year’s television season, which is coming to an end in May.  I may be reached at

Time To Learn Where Comedy Central Is Again

The only time I watch Comedy Central is for their hysterical roasts – and the next one roasting Donald Trump is coming up Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.

This will be the first roast without regular Greg Giraldo, who died of a drug overdose a couple of months ago.