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'Rising Star': Did You Watch the Premiere?

Date: 06/24/2014

Josh Grobin and contestant Macy Kate on last night's "Rising Star." (ABC) For months, ABC has been touting that its latest singing competition show, Rising Star would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Last night, we finally got a chance to see what all of the hub bub was about. ABC boasted proudly this morning that Rising Star is the network’s top-rated summer series debut in two yea ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, ABC, American Idol, Review Of Rising Star, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris, Josh Groban, Singing Competition Show

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Why Fox News chief Roger Ailes should run the Fox Broadcasting Network + Faith Links

Date: 06/02/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Fox News Alert. Amid the slow and painful-to-watch collapse of American Idol and generally dismal ratings, programming chief Kevin Reilly is leaving the Fox Broadcasting after about seven years at the helm. It's definitely time for a change at the network and speculation is running rampant about who will get Reilly's j ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Network, Rupert Murdoch, Hallmark Channel, Married...With Children, UP TV, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, Kevin Reilly, 20Th TV CEO Dana Walden, FX Networks, My Network Syndication Service

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Summer Shows (Part 1)

Date: 05/28/2014

(Copyright: foto76 and samarttiw) Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and some we will never see again. One of TV’s most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars , began as a six week trial during the summer of 2005, so ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, NBC, ABC, Summer TV Show Replacements, Last Comic Standing, So You Think You Can Dance, Motive, Extreme Weight Loss, American Ninja Warrior, Fox

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Interview: Mark Ciardi, Producer of "Million Dollar Arm"

Date: 05/16/2014

Mark Ciardi is an athlete turned producer who specializes in taking real-life sports stories that sound like Disney movies into actual Disney movies: "The Rookie" and "Miracle."  His latest is the Cinderella story "Million Dollar Arm" about sports agent J.B. Bernstein's "American Idol"-style competition to find athletes in India who could become major league baseball pitchers, despite the fact ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Baseball, Million Dollar Arm, Mark Ciardi

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Million Dollar Arm

Date: 05/15/2014

The folks behind feel-good, based-on-a-true-sports-Cinderella-story, Disney movies "The Rookie" and "Miracle" are back with another.  This time it is the story of a real life Jerry Maguire sports agent named J.B. Bernstein  (a terrific Jon Hamm) who has fallen on hard times, despite the optimistic name of his firm: 7 Figures Management.  Think of it as Jerry if Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character qu ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Movie Review, Trailer, Quotes, Baseball, Lake Bell, Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm

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American Idol: Behind the Voices

Date: 05/08/2014

An Interview with Billy Mauldin You see them every week. Musical hopefuls from all over the country competing to become the next American Idol. Some have never been away from home and most have never been exposed to so many people, (on stage and on the screen), in their lives. Each week they put themselves in the spotlight to be judged by America. Sounds terribly stressful. Fortunately, this ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, American Idol, Billy Mauldin, NASCAR, Motor Racing Outreach, Spiritual Advisor For American Idol

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"Conservatives," Mandela, and the Founders: What DO "Conservatives" Believe About Liberty?

Date: 12/08/2013

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, National Review Online (NRO) published comments from several self-avowed “conservatives.” John Boehner, for example, alludes to Mandela’s “‘long walk to freedom” while praising him as “a champion of peace and racial harmony.”  Marco Rubio went even further. Lamenting that “the world has lost one of history’s most important figures,” Rubio reassures us ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer

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Documentary to feature American Idol songwriter Regie Hamm

Date: 11/22/2013

Music video director and veteran celebrity photographer Devin Pense is embarking on a unique journey as he attempts to tell the story of his good friend Regie Hamm in the documentary One More Song . For the average music fan, Hamm's name may not be terribly familiar. But to those within the industry, he has been a consistent hit songwriter and at one time was an up-and-coming pop star. By ...

Related Topics: Kickstarter, American Idol, Regie Hamm, Devin Pense, Clay Crosse, Jaci Velasquez, Bob Carlisle, Kenny Loggins, Maxi Priest

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