This Is Us Films in PHILLY!!, Lance Bass Serenades, Stevie Wonder Signs for Fans, Plus More Philly Gossip

This Is Us Films in PHILLY!!, Lance Bass Serenades Countess Luann de Lesseps, Plus More Philly Gossip in

HughE Around Town

I hope you’re weekend is going fantastic. I’ve been staycationing this week in Philly and I’m sure glad I did as I got a tip on Saturday afternoon that the very popular show, we all watch – THIS IS US was filming in Historic Philly area (These photos are SPOILER ALERT). I left Mike and my pile of spring cleaning and set out to find the filming spot. It wasn’t at the obvious places like Elfreth’s Alley, Independence Hall or even Betsy Ross’ house (If you follow me on Instagram, you saw some of those places in my stories), but it was at the WHYY studios.

Even though I spent an hour looking for the filming location, luck was with me as at the time I found them they were filming right in the lobby at WHYY.  I know it looks like I’m in the bushes hiding,


but I was actually sitting on a bench outside the Constitution Center. I even tagged the shot #thisisus as a clue.

I didn’t know who was on set, but was so excited to catch actor Justin Hartley , who plays Kevin Pearson gazing out onto 6th Street, as legendary NPR host of Fresh Air, Terry Gross waits for instructions on the scene they are about to film. (The darn sidewalk was reflecting against the glass)

Also in this scene is actress Melanie Liburd (l), who plays Zoe, a potential new love interest for Kevin. It just made the news last week that Liburd has been signed on as a regular on the show. (Deadline)
This Is Us Season 3 premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 9 PM on NBC.


On the heels of “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Season 10 reunion where Countess Luann de Lesseps was missing because #Healthfirst, the Countess was in high spirits Friday night during her #CountessAndFriends Cabaret show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. Surprise guests who took the stage throughout the evening included Michelle Buteau, Lance Bass, Amber Martin and Mykal Kilgore. (photo provided by Borgata) A few snippets from the show:

This week’s reunion: “I watched five minutes of it and it was so dark. I was like, Jesus. Bethenny did a great job because she had her hands full. Wow. Well, you know Carole’s gone now” to the crowd erupting.
Which Housewife from the franchise she’d want to be stranded on an island with: “I think I would enjoy Lisa Vanderpump. At least we’d have a lot to talk about because she’s an educated lady. We’d have a lot of stories to swap. We would swap jewelry.”
Lu ended the evening thanking the crowd. “To be up here and have you guys come and fill up this venue. This is the biggest venue I’ve played to date. I’m so overwhelmed with joy, I can’t even tell you,” as “L.O.V.E.” from Michael Bublé began to play. Her encore concluded the show with her fan-favorite hit, “Chic, C’est La Vie.”


Speaking of the  Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ., Stevie Wonder performed two shows there this weekend, Friday and Saturday. Team Derek caught up with the legendary singer where he signed a few items for the big fan. We were impressed by Stevie’s signature it is much better than half of Hollywood’s graph.

Across the bay in Brigantine, NJ another Steve, NBC10 meteorologist Steve Sosna was having a blast this one with his TV Wife, anchor Denise Nakano. The duo hung out with their husbands Jonathan Lovitz and Paul Guercio, went clamming, then grilled them on the barby on the beach. I’d say that was a darn good time, look at all those clams. I hope they had a lot of bug spray on, Brigantine is notorious for green heads. I went bird watching there last month, forgot my spray and became the prey.

Speaking of on the air spouses, does any two people have more fun on TV than Fox29’s Lauren Johnson and Meteorologist Mike Masco, who recently celebrated his birthday. What a dynamic duo, they’re so hysterical. Mike’s going to be extra today as he just worked a double on Saturday. I’d been following his twitter account for a couple years, enjoying his crazy delivery on the forecast, and am so excited he’s permanent on Fox 29 now. Catch him on the weekends, where I’ll be popping up once in awhile this fall.

Congrats to my friends who wore sworn in this week by Judge Dan Anders, who married Mike and I four years ago at City Hall.
Congrats to Dana and Troy Smith who were recently married by Mayor Jim Kenney at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse!!


If you click on #SaveTheDatePHL on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll find fun events to attend as that’s the hashtag I use. Coming up on Thursday is a fun event where you can adopt Fido, plus be served by one of your favorite Phillies players. The Phanatic will be on hand as well. It’s at Morgan’s Pier and it’s called Puppapalooza at the Pier, a Phillies-themed event, raises funds and awareness for the Pennsylvania SPCA’s mission of rescuing animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitating them medically and behaviorally and ultimately finding them the loving homes they have always deserved.  I’ll be there so bring your smile.

Tonight’s the August Full Moon.
Check back tomorrow to see which events I photographed this weekend, and then read more
HughE Around Town on Thursday. I think Thursday’s and Sunday’s are going to be the regular days this fall, with the occasional breaking gossip news as it happens.  OK now go out and enjoy the day!!