Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

September 27, 2005


According to industry sources, Bucks county native Susan Barnett, who is the morning weekday anchor for the CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida, is a leading candidate to become the new weekday morning co-anchor with Ukee Washington on CBS3. 


A former Miss Pennsylvania USA and Miss Teen Pennsylvania, Barnett is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and worked for television stations in Bridgeport, West Virginia; Champaign, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, PA before Miami. Barnett was spotted in the CBS3 newsroom recently for a job interview.


A vacancy in the morning was created when Amy Caples departed CBS3 for the world of academia.


Cheap Trick (“I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,”) will headline a free concert Sunday to “Support the Base” at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Sunday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.    Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK is presenting the event in reaction to the recent announcement to close the Willow Grove NAS.


Congratulations to NBC10 and reporter Luann Cahn for winning a national Emmy award for its investigative piece “Dirty Little Secret,” which exposed an illegal bar in the dry town of Colywn, PA.  Ironically, the report did not win the local Emmy for the piece, as it lost to a report by Tamsen Fadal, formerly of CBS3.


I am disappointed in HBO for canceling the hilarious “The Comeback” after only one season.  Matt LeBlanc’s “Joey” on NBC deserves two seasons, but Lisa Kudrow only gets one?   As Valerie Cherish would say, “Am I being heard?” 


Meanwhile Philadelphia loves to hate Chris, as the premiere of “Everybody Loves Chris” on UPN beat “Joey” and “The O.C.” Thursday.  “Survivor” was the top rated show Thursday at 8 p.m.


Marple-Newtown Senior High’s Adrian Pasdar is joining the cast of “Desperate Housewives” for a few episodes as the attorney of Carlos, who not surprisingly gets involved with Gabrielle.  Pasdar is married to Natalie Maines of “The Dixie Chicks” and was a regular on “Judging Amy” last year.


Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon


Many of this season’s television stars can be traced to Kevin Bacon.


Donald Sutherland of “Commander In Chief” was in “Animal House” with Kevin Bacon.  Geena Davis of “Commander In Chief” was in “League of Their Own” with Tom Hanks who starred in “Apollo 13” with Kevin Bacon.   Denise Richards of “Sex, Love, and Secrets” starred in “Wild Things” with Kevin Bacon. Alfre Woodard of “Desperate Housewives” starred in “Beauty Shop” with Kevin Bacon. Chris O’Donnell of “Head Cases” starred in “Scent of a Woman” with Al Pacino who starred in “Heat” with Robert DeNiro who starred in “Sleepers” with Kevin Bacon. Matthew Fox of “Lost” and Jennifer Love Hewitt of “Ghost Whisperer” starred in “Party of Five” with Neve Campbell who starred in “Wild Things” with Kevin Bacon.  Elizabeth Perkins of “Weeds” starred in “He Said, She Said” with Kevin Bacon.  Stockard Channing of “Out of Practice” starred in “Grease” with John Travolta who starred in “Phenomenon” with Kyra Sedgwick who starred in “The Woodsman” with Kevin Bacon.  Sara Gilbert of “Twins” starred in “Poison Ivy” with Drew Barrymore who starred in “Fever Pitch” with Jimmy Fallon who starred in “Taxi” with Queen Latifah who starred in “Beautyshop” with Kevin Bacon.  And Gary Sinise of “CSI: New York” starred in “Apollo 13” with Kevin Bacon. 


How about Wally Kennedy for co-host of CN8’s “Your Morning” with Connie Colla?   Kennedy was a morning staple on WPVI for years, and recently filled in on CN8’s “Money Matters.” Colla took over the show in the spring with Kevin Walsh, and last month Walsh moved to the evening news.


Former Channel 10 news anchor Larry Kane will be back on his old station promoting his book “Lennon Revealed” on “10” Friday at 10 a.m.