Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 1, 2006


Channel 17’s new name is myphl17, because it will carry “MyNetworkTV” shows beginning in September.  The new network will provide programming Monday-Saturday from 8-10 p.m. There will be two shows that will run each night for an hour.  “Desire” will air at 8 p.m. and  “Fashion House” with Bo Derek will air at 9 p.m.  In December, two new shows will premiere, including Tatum O’Neal in “Act of Betrayal.”


The new syndicated shows coming to myphl17 are “The Megan Mullally Show,” which will air weekdays at 4 p.m., “According to Jim,” airing weekdays at 7 p.m., “Scrubs,” weeknights at 12:30 a.m., and “The Greg Behrendt Show,” weekdays at 3 p.m.


The 10 p.m. news show will be renamed “Myphl17 News at 10 Powered by NBC10.” 


According to industry sources, “Your Morning” on CN8 will move from the New Castle, Delaware studios to the Center City Loews hotel, which was previously utilized by the NBC10 morning show, “10.”  Former NBC10 anchor Connie Colla and Greg Coy co-host “Your Morning,” which will expand from 7 – 10 a.m. in the fall.


“The Comeback” gets a comeback of sorts, as last year’s sublime HBO comedy debuts on DVD today.  Deservedly, star Lisa Kudrow is nominated for an Emmy award for best lead actress in a comedy.


The wedding of Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry gave “My Fair Brady” the highest ratings in the history of the show. Over two-million people turned in to the finale.


Sid Mark of “Sounds of Sinatra” fame will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this fall the “Achievement in Radio” awards.  Mark celebrates the 50th anniversary of his show, which currently airs on WPHT 1210-AM, and is syndicated to over 100-other stations across the country.


Original MTV VJs Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, and Mark Goodman will commemorate the 25th anniversary of MTV on Sirius Satellite radio today on “The Big 80’s” Channel 8 at 10 a.m. All four have regular shifts on the “Big 80’s” channel.  Fellow original DJ, J.J. Jackson died a few years ago.  VH1 Classic will air the entire first day of MTV.


Many of today’s big stars got their start on MTV including Ben Stiller, Jon Stewart, Denis Leary, Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn, and Daisy Fuentes.


In honor of former "Club MTV" host "Downtown" Julie Brown, I will sign off today with a “Wubba, wubba, wubba, goodbye, God bless.”