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May 2011 Archives

“America’s Got Talent” … Inspiring TV

posted by mattaug

One of television’s most surprising success stories in recent years has been NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel judged show, hosted by Nick Cannon is one of the few programs that can make you […]

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CNN … Coverage Not Neutral

posted by mattaug

I used to look forward to watching CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday mornings. I was hoping, against hope apparently, the show would be a fair look at how the media covers the government and politics. Would the show find that […]

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Oprah Often Missed Mark On Show, In Finale

posted by mattaug

First for the good part. Oprah has done alot of good things through the years by building schools in Africa, bringing awareness to many worthy causes and changing the lives of ordinary folks through her giveaways. Oprah’s finale Wednesday lacked […]

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Congrats, Scotty … But Time To End American Idol-izing

posted by mattaug

“I want to thank the Lord, for he got me here,” said Scotty McCreery after winning this season’s American Idol. Good for him, giving props where they should go in the opinion of many … to the Lord. His fans […]

For-everwood … shows end, but actors go on … and on

posted by mattaug

One of my favorite things to do when thinking about a TV show is recalling where the actors came from previously. The all-too short-lived 90’s NBC series Freaks and Geeks, for instance “spawned” future movie star actors in James Franco, […]

Reality is John Rich, Scotty McCreery deserve wins

posted by mattaug

For all the moaning and groaning from some fans, Scotty McCreery, the Carolina country crooner, clearly deserves to win this edition of American Idol. If not the most talented singer of the “bunch”, McCreery has certainly been the most consistent […]

A Boss Is A Boss, Except “Undercover Boss”

posted by mattaug

I have been accused over the years of being a suck up to the boss for occasionally trying to see things his/her way. That said, it has been really gratifying the FEW times a boss has gone out of his/her […]

3D or not 3D … That Is The Question

posted by mattaug

The introduction of high-definition television a few years back was literally an eye-opener. HDTV, as it is more often referred, makes images on the screen far clearer and brighter than the “old” standard definition television. The even more recent addition […]

Now For A Commercial Interruption

posted by mattaug

You know a commercial is good when you could have changed the channel … but didn’t. That’s usually the case with McDonalds ads, including its most recent one of a lemon with a human face whining about he’s usually referred […]

Sheen’s Replacement Not Worth Two And A Half Seconds Thought

posted by mattaug

Call me a prude, or say that I don’t have much of a sense of humor. Say what you want, but I am not all that concerned about who replaces Charlie Sheen on the CBS comedy “Two And A Half […]

Kirstie Alley Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers For ‘Dancing’

posted by mattaug

Kirstie Alley will have a heckuva time winning “Dancing With the Stars” this season. The other dancers are younger, more talented and yes, thinner than the former “Cheers” star. There’s still something pretty cool about Alley hanging in there show […]

Scotty McCreery Garners Plenty Of ‘Idol’ Attention

posted by mattaug

It has taken me a long time this season, but I finally have ‘it’. The ‘it’ is Scotty McCreery fever, as in the top 3 finalist, or perhaps more, on this season’s American Idol. I completely ignored the show most […]

“Primetime: What Would You Do?” … I Would Watch

posted by mattaug

One of the better shows on TV is ABC’s “Primetime: What Would You Do?” The John Quinones-hosted program, which airs Friday nights, often puts people in uncomfortable positions to see how they would react … do they do what’s right, […]

“YES, Francesa’s Interviews Can Be FAN-tastic”

posted by mattaug

Mike Francesa may not be the most jocular guy around, but credit the man for being a strong interviewer. Listening to the long-time sports talk show host, heard on WFAN and simulcast on television’s YES Network, the other day I […]

“Spray It Ain’t So … I’m A Wipeout Fan!”

posted by mattaug

I have to admit it, when I first saw ads for the ABC show “Wipeout” I thought it would be pretty dopey. I’m not really a big fan of watching people make idiots of themselves on television a la “America’s […]

President Trump’s VP Call Is Easy: Gary Busey

posted by mattaug

When you are a leader, it’s good to send people off your trail by having a bit of a loon serve as second in command. Some people feel President Barack Obama did just that when he selected Joe Biden as […]

“It’s Not A Weekend Without CBS Sunday Morning”

posted by mattaug

Welcome to my blog on beliefnet.com. I am pleased and proud to be able to share my wide-ranging thoughts on the most important media in the world: television. I’ll start by sharing how one television show was a part of […]

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This TV Critic Hopes Twitter Is Here To Stay!
A recent newspaper article that indicated Twitter is some kind of fad that could come and go in the next few years seems kind of sad to me. The great ...

posted 5:04:10pm Dec. 12, 2012 | read full post »

Missing Sammy Davis Jr., Twinkies
I just noticed that the late, great Sammy Davis Jr's birthday, Dec. 8, came and went over the weekend. I miss the talented man, who broke down racial barriers through high great singing, dancing and even acting skills. Yes, even the ...

posted 8:22:23am Dec. 12, 2012 | read full post »

Daymond John Is One Cool 'Shark'
Inspiring people who are role-models are often difficult to come by when it comes to today’s television shows. Programs are often so full of rude, crude ...

posted 1:39:27pm Dec. 10, 2012 | read full post »

On Thin Ice: Are NHL Owners Bargaining In Good Faith With Players?
I'm a strange 'cat', I'll admit it. Just ab0ut completely broke all the time, yet I am as conservative as the day is long. And I always will be. In a similar way, I have always been among the working middle class, or poor, lol, but tend ...

posted 6:23:34pm Dec. 07, 2012 | read full post »

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