Beliefnet Bloggers on 'American Idol'
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Since I originally posted the Faith, Media & Fall Preview last week, a few additions have come to my attention. New entries are headlined in red. Prepare to be inspired! Media publications like Entertainment Weekly and others are known for compiling Fall Preview issues that focus -- and laud praise upon -- the late ...
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Prepare to be inspired! Media publications like Entertainment Weekly and others are known for compiling Fall Preview issues that focus -- and laud praise upon -- the latest in so-called "edgy" entertainment. To the extent that inspirational content is mentioned at all, it's usually accompanied by some sort of supposedly so ...
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 ...
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 ...
(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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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