Pat’s more like it: In The Papers goes national

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To many New Yorkers getting ready for work, the New York One channel is as important as their early morning cup of coffee or that first cigarette. Sure, it mainly just broadcasts weather reports 24/7 but that’s part of its charm.

The best part of NY1 however is not the never-ending weather and traffic bulletins – it’s actually the morning “In the Papers” segment read by the caustic and loveable Pat Kiernan. So what if all he does is read out the best stories from the New York Times, Post and News? It saves us the trouble.

Now Kiernan has gone national with his new website PatsPapers.Com. Working with part-time editors in  New York and Europe and a producer in New York, he will publish an e-mail digest and a webcast during the downtime in his NY1 shift.


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April 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm

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Overheard in New York: Jersey girls

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Girl #1, getting off the Newark express bus: It’s so good to be home.
Girl #2, after walking away from crowd: Stop pretending that you live here!
Girl #1: But it’s fun!

–41st & Broadway

Overheard by: really does live here

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March 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Stunner stampede! Models flip in midtown

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Beauties queuing up to be America’s Next Top Model flipped out and began a stampede when a car overheated in Manhattan this week. The casting call had attracted thousands of aspiring model/reality show personalities to the Park Central Hotel on West 55th Street.

But, as the New York Daily News reports, “An overheating car triggered a stampede of catwalk-craving cuties,” while the Post adds, “The situation spiraled further out of control when a man hurtled over a barricade and slapped one of the girls in line.” Perhaps showing why they are models and not rocket scientists, the girls feared the car would explode, while others screamed that the man had a gun.

A woman waiting for her chance told the News, “The girls were running like it was 9/11 part two. I feared for my life.” Ultimately, three people were arrested for disorderly conduct and inciting a riot and six people were injured.

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March 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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Gabriel Byrnes with rage at DUMBO plan

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Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne has gone to war on “dumbos” who want to block the view from his luxury New York apartment. Byrne, 58, lives with his two kids Jack and Romy in a gigantic brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and is just a stone’s throw from the Broadway theatres where he performs and the set of his US television show, In Treatment.

But developers have announced plans to erect a giant skyscraper in the area where he lives which is affectionately known as “DUMBO” – short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dubliner Byrne believe the 18-storey building will block beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and just doesn’t fit the community of converted four- and five-storey warehouses.

Raged Byrne: “This huge building will dwarf the bridge on the Brooklyn side, causing irreparable damage to the bridge’s singular and majestic presence.” He submitted his bitter objections to a city planning meeting last week.

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March 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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TV Guide January 12 – 18

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Welcome to our online guide to this week’s best US television shows. We will be listing links to some UK shows too, like the addictive Celebrity Big Brother. While the events in the Big Brother house are screened live on various sites, sitcoms, crime shows etc will usually appear on the web the day after they are broadcast.

Monday night wouldn’t be the same without the frothy teen drama Gossip Girl. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s like a PG version of the movie Cruel Intentions. In this week’s episode ‘Gone With the Will,’ bad boy Chuck Bass continues his downward spiral.

Also on Monday, the delightful comedy How I Met Your Mother continues. HIMYM, stars former Doogie Howser actor Neil Patrick Harris as the roguish womaniser Barney and perky American Pie cutie Alyson Hannigan as his crazy pal. For newcomers, it’s like an edgy version of nineties sitcom Friends.

Tuesday night’s episode of The Mentalist, “Red Rum” sees Patrick Jane move one step closer to finding information on the serial killer Red John. For newbies, The Mentalist is about a psychic detective who isn’t really a psychic. And, believe it or not, no it is not a rip-off of the quirky USA channel series Psych.

Thursday night is usually the best evening for entertaining TV. Grey’s Anatomy, featuring Patrick Dempsey as Dr. McDreamy, and its spin-off Private Practice, starring Kate Walsh, continue to get decent viewing figures, while Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin do their thing in clever comedy 30 Rock. We also quite like Kath and Kim, with Selma Blair, which isn’t nearly as bad as everyone says it is.

Then Friday features the delicious double bill on the USA channel of Monk and Psych. People in both the US and the UK will also be anxiously tuning in that day to see who is next to get booted out of the Celebrity Big Brother house. We hope it’s Tina. Sadly the original link to Big Brother Live has been taken down for copyright infringement but we will try to find a new one in time for the eviction.

Tip1: if you register an account with, you can add all your favourite shows to your profile and it will automatically tell you when new episodes appear.

Tip2: newcomers should probably check out the old episodes of shows listed first. Otherwise it won’t make a whole lot of sense. Both SurftheChannel and Sidereel keep an excellent archive. In Sidereel, click “Search for results” at the bottom of each episode listing.

If you know of working links to UK content like EastEnders, Match of the Day etc, please email

Written by Jim McMillan

January 12, 2009 at 1:52 am

Telly shrink Byrne puts Frasier’s dad on the couch – to teach him Irish

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John Mahoney

Telly shrink Gabriel Byrne recently found himself an unpaid job – teaching Frasier’s crusty old dad to sound more Irish. Byrne, who plays a psychiatrist in edgy series In Treatment, stepped in to help when his veteran co-star John Mahoney was cast in Colin McPherson‘s play “The Seafarer,”  on Broadway.

Mahoney (pictured above) – best known for playing the grumpy dad in another TV shrink show, Frasier – is a proud Irish American himself but he had no idea how to do a Dublin accent. In between takes for In Treatment, Mahoney would chat with Dublin-born Byrne paying close attention to the lilt of his voice. Byrne even taped himself reading lines from Mahoney’s script of “The Seafarer.”

“I have a lot of Irish in me but this really helps,” says Mahoney, who was born in England and had an Irish grandfather but lost his accent when he emigrated to the US. Referring to his role in the play, at New York’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Mahoney says: “I play a filthy old drunk, recently blind, chronically hung over.

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January 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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The greatest love story …that never happened: Hoaxer cons Oprah

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A blockbuster wartime bio-pic faces the axe – after it was revealed the New Yorker who wrote it made the whole story up! Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Irish starlet Sarah Bolger were set to make “The Fence” – based on an autobiography by Herman Rosenblat.

In the movie, Dublin-born beauty Bolger plays Roma, a young girl who forms a bond with teenage Nazi concentration camp victim Rosenblat after she keeps him alive by tossing him breadcrumbs and apples over the barbed wire fence.

However, Rosenblat, who went on to marry Roma following a chance meeting years later in New York, has now shockingly confessed he concocted the information in his book, “Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love that Survived.”

Retired New York telly repairman Herman, whose bogus story has now been scrapped by publishers, apologised this week, saying: “I wanted to bring happiness to people, to remind them not to hate, but to love and tolerate all people. I brought good feelings to a lot of people and I brought hope to many. My motivation was to make good in this world. In my dreams, Roma will always throw me an apple, but I now know it is only a dream.”

Even chat show queen Oprah Winfrey was taken in by the hoax. Oprah who hosted Rosenblat and his wife, Roma Radzicki Rosenblat, on her show twice, called their romance “the single greatest love story” she had encountered in her 22 years on the show.

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm