Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 23, 2005


Kevin Walsh will move from CN8’s “Your Morning” to co-anchor of the 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. news with Arthur Fennell.  For the time being, Greg Coy will co-anchor the morning show with Connie Colla, who was Fennell’s former evening news anchor.  Penn State graduate Gina Cancelliere is CN8’s new meteorologist. She arrives from KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. CN8 reporter Gwen Owens will take over as the 1 p.m. news anchor.


Anthony Demidio, 13, of Bristol, Franklin Santos, 12, Britney Harron, 12, of Croydon and other local students filmed a television pilot for a new educational cooking series aimed at pre-teens called “Stir It Up,” for WHYY-12.  Producers are hoping to develop the pilot into a 12-episode weekly series that will air on PBS stations across the country. 


There are a couple of Delaware Valley natives making doing well on television this summer.  Prudence Zdravkovic, 31, of Valley Forge, PA made it to the top two of “I Want To Be A Soap Star” on SoapNet. Unfortunately, Prudence didn’t win the top prize, the 13-week contract on “All My Children,” but the exposure from the show should lead to something else.  SoapNet will channel hop to ABC Thursday at 11 a.m., as “All My Children’s” gorgeous Cameron Mathison of “All My Children” and “General Hospital’s” Nancy Lee Grahn will co-host a fall preview about the ABC soaps.  


Melissa Vella of Springfield (Delaware County) is one of the final 14 dancers in “So You Think You Can Dance?” on Fox Wednesdays at 8 p.m.


A few oldies are being used in back to school commercials. My favorite is the Thomas Dolby remix “She Blinded Me With Science” for Kohls. Target uses Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” for its ads, "Rubberband Man" by the Spinners for Office Max, "You and I" by Rick James for the Gap, and Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” is the song in the Kmart commercials.


Here are some my television choices for this week.  


Tonight, the finalists rock out in “Rock Star:  INXS” on CBS at 10 p.m.   My favorite part of the show is watching the contestants to pretend to enjoy the other singer’s performances.


“Battle of the Network Reality Stars” is true to the spirit of the original.  It is filmed at the original location, Pepperdine University, and has all the same events including the obstacle course, “Simon Says,” and the relay race.  It’s a blast.  Contestant Heidi Bressler will talk up the show on “10” on NBC10 tomorrow at 10 a.m.


Kathy Griffin is my new hero.  You must watch her in “My Life on the D List” on Bravo at 10 p.m.  


The season finale of “Being Bobby Brown” airs Thursday at 10 p.m. on Bravo. 


Check out for video streams of “The Roast of Pamela Anderson.”  It was the funniest show of the summer.


Laura is scheduled to be part of a panel discussing the "Most Obnoxious Celebrities of the Summer" on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CN8.