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PBS: Memorial Day Concert

Date: 05/26/2013

Tonight, PBS will broadcast the national Memorial Day Concert, co-hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the latest American ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Joe Mantegna, Memorial Day, Pbs, Concert, Memorial Day 2013, Gary Sinise


BFCA Television Award Nominees

Date: 05/22/2013

 The nominees for this year's Broadcast Film Critics Association television awards were just announced: BEST COMEDY SERIES ·      The Big Bang Theory – CBS ·      Louie – FX ·      The Middle – ABC ·      New Girl – FOX ·      Parks and Recreation – NBC ·      Veep – HBO BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES ·      Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime ·      Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Bfca, 2013, Television Awards, Nominees


If I programmed the broadcast networks (part two): Fox

Date: 05/15/2013

Here’s today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Note: This week, the broadcast networks are announcing their 2013-2014 schedules. Yesterday, I offered my thoughts on how NBC could improve its fortunes next season by moving away from so-called edgy programming toward shows that uplifted as they entertained. Now, it's on to Fox. The Fox brand: A case of dueling ident ...

Related Topics: Fox News, Family Guy, The Simpsons, NBC, SNL, The Daily Show, FX, Shogun, Jay Leno, Colbert, American Idol, Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), Married...With Children, ALMOST HUMAN, WILD BLUE, JACK BAUER: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld, FRIENDS &Amp; FAMILY (Aka Us &Amp; Them, The New Girl, DELIRIUM, Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving, James Clavell, Justified (From FX), OCEAN BEACH, GANG RELATED. KEEGAN DEANE, House-Like Lawyer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox Sports Saturday, Nat Geo, MURDER POLICE, Futurama, National Geographic Channel, The O.T. The Fox Files, Blood Brothers/Trial Of The Century: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson/Wayward Pines/Billy The Kid, The Hatfields &Amp; Mccoys, Serial Killer Drama The Following


Interview: Margaret Talbot on The Entertainer

Date: 05/15/2013

I loved Margaret Talbot's book about her father, actor Lyle Talbot,  The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century .  His career spanned the full range of entertainment from the traveling shows of the 1920's to movies in the golden age of Hollywood co-starring with Bette Davis, Mae West, Carole Lombard, Mary Astor, Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple.  He escorted starlet to gla ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, The Entertainer, Lyle Talbot, Margaret Talbot


One Thing Tweens and Teens Want, But Should They?

Date: 05/07/2013

They look at Justin Bieber and all his success and think, "I can do that. I can be discovered on You Tube too!" So they post, upload, pin and tumblr-- all in the hope of one thing--becoming famous! That's right, a third of teens and tweens surveyed say it is important for them to be famous. And those kids who want to be famous use social networks. Social networks allow them to create their ...

Related Topics: Parenting, Fame, Famous, Teens Want To Be Famous, Social Media Fame, Reality TV Fame, Ways People Become Famous


A Review of David Horowitz's and John Perazzo's "Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream"

Date: 02/13/2013

From Benghazi to Obamacare and a staggering array of things in between, President Obama appears invulnerable when it comes to the potential disasters that have marked his presidency. That the vast majority of those in the media share his left-wing politics partially explains this—but only partially.   For the full story behind the Teflon nature of Obama’s administration, it is to David Horowit ...



Why the Ten Commandments Do NOT Belong in Public Schools (Part Three)

Date: 01/21/2013

To attempt to put a more "human face" upon all of this abstract armchair argumentation over the constitutionality and legality (or otherwise) of the government posting or supporting displays of the Ten Commandments in U.S. public schools , let's wrap things up by just trying to look at the whole issue from a much more personal angle. Suppose a Native American family -- one who perhaps still fol ...

Related Topics: Blog 347, January 2013


Why the Ten Commandments Do NOT Belong in Public Schools (Part Two)

Date: 01/19/2013

In my previous blog entry , I underscored the fact that since U.S. public schools are secular state institutions, they therefore cannot endorse or promote religion in general, or any specific religions or religious doctrines in particular. And this means that it is flatly unconstitutional for the Ten Commandments to be posted (and thereby promoted) by the state in U.S. public schools . Neverth ...

Related Topics: Blog 347, January 2013

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