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June 2011 Archives

America’s (Not) Great Next Restaurant …

posted by mattaug

Perhaps it was the economy. Perhaps the backers, like the well  known Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone, didn’t back it enough. Or maybe three restaurant openings across the country at the same time were too much. Whatever the reason, America’s […]

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Should Larry Crowne Have Been Made-For-TV Movie?

posted by mattaug

Cute. sweet and funny. Judging by the trailer and reviews for Larry Crowne, that appears to be the best way to describe the new movie release. Despite solid performances by Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, however, is that enough to […]

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Sorry, Charlie Sheen … but take them with you

posted by mattaug

Word that CBS and/or Two and a Half Men writer Chuck Lorre plan to “kill off” Charlie Sheen’s character on the show has me thinking of other characters/personalities TV would be better off without. On its own network, CBS should […]

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Forget ‘Flake’, Bachmann Better Prepare For Blizzard

posted by mattaug

Chris Wallace appeared to ask Republican candidate for president Michelle Bachmann an unfair question Sunday on his FOX News program. “Are you a flake?” Wallace asked the Iowa-born, Minnesota politically bred Bachmann. Despite being off slightly on some answers to […]

Borg-McEnroe Rivalry Revisited In Stellar HBO Documentary

posted by mattaug

Anything that can break through John McEnroe and show the heart of the man through all the complicated layers deserves credit. HBO Documentaries does just that with Fire and Ice, a film about McEnroe’s rivalry with Bjorn Borg during a […]

“No Good Deed …” UK Paper Rips Foodie Jamie Oliver

posted by mattaug

Is it possible the United Kingdom is even more jaded than the United States? After reading a review in the UK Metro of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which just wrapped up its season Friday on ABC, I would say yes. […]

Random Clicks, Including Peter Falk’s Passing

posted by mattaug

First off, I would like to take a sentence or two to thank everyone reading this blog for its major growth the last few days. Readership has turned from the teens into the hundreds per day, and I am humbled […]

David Letterman Treated Justin Bieber Poorly

posted by mattaug

After all he has been through, and put himself and his family through, David Letterman should be as kind and gracious as possible … as often as possible. But you can’t teach old CBS Late Show hosts new tricks I […]

Nats Manager Riggleman Quits, MLB Network Covers Bases

posted by mattaug

In one of the oddest recent happenings in sports, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned Monday. People quitting or getting fired happens all the time, but this case was particularly strange in that the Nationals had won 11 of 12 […]

Time To Stop ‘Gotcha’ Questions On Pageant Shows

posted by mattaug

Can they do the (Miss) World a favor? And the Miss Teen and Miss USA pageants a favor while they are at it? Once and for all stop with the ‘Gotcha’ questions, you know, the ones with gray area intended […]

Tracy Morgan “Rocked” By Own Comments About Gays

posted by mattaug

Tracy Morgan is a very talented comedian and actor who addresses topics head-on with a joke. His recent diatribe about gays and what he would do to his own son if he found out he was homosexual was WAY over […]

Johnny Mac Attacks Good Guy Nadal

posted by mattaug

John McEnroe was an outstanding tennis player and he is a good television analyst for the sport. The same type of tantrums he had that hurt his legacy as a player are also affecting his work in the booth, however. […]

Tiger who? Golf still compelling without Woods

posted by mattaug

Love him or hate him, Tiger Woods was great for several years on the golf course. The Michael Jordan of his sport, though perhaps Mike Tyson may be a better comparison eventually for a career that flamed out too fast. […]

Now For A Commercial Interruption …

posted by mattaug

When I first started blogging some months back I only wrote about commercials. Although I since expanded it to all things television, I still like to blog about commercials occasionally. To be creative, smart, informative and even entertaining in 30 […]

Credit Kutcher’s Courage In Speaking Up For Sarah Palin

posted by mattaug

There is enough dislike for Sarah Palin on either side of the political spectrum that she will probably never be president. The attacks on the former Alaska governor and FOX News contributor are truly beyond the pale, however. They should […]

Jim Dandy: He Can ‘Carrey’ Rare PG Flick

posted by mattaug

Jim Carrey is one of the few people in the world that can make you laugh without doing much of anything. That was true Thursday on The Today Show when Carrey promoted his new film Mr. Poppers Penguins. He mugged […]

Nick Cannon’s Dancing Explodes On “America’s Got Talent”

posted by mattaug

Need a laugh or a little lift this summer? Then be sure to catch “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon on the NBC mid-week series. Cannon, husband of pop superstar Mariah Carey, adds comic relief and much-needed segues, usually with […]

You Say Goodbye? I Say Cee Loo To “The Voice”

posted by mattaug

Every summer it seems like the same lament: “There’s nothing to watch on TV!” Well…I beg to differ. Without the programs that are on I wouldn’t have: …nixed the name “Bentley” for my first born. If you watch “The Bachelor” […]

Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Becoming Class Act

posted by mattaug

The thing to take away from the Dallas Mavericks topping the Miami Heat for the NBA Sunday night? The best team and the best man, Mavs owner Mark Cuban, won. Cuban has undergone a remarkable transformation of late and reaped […]

Kenny Albert didn’t fall far from Marv’s tree

posted by mattaug

It would be easy to be jealous of Kenny Albert if he weren’t so darn good and deserve the success he enjoys. Albert, the son of legendary sports broadcaster Marv Albert, has that unmistakeable “Albert” voice like his dad and […]

Abe Vigoda … The Ultimate Good Sport

posted by mattaug

Talk about aging gracefully and with a sense of humor. No one epitomizes that better than the legendary movie and TV actor Abe Vigoda. Vigoda is famous for his role as Sal Tessio in The Godfather, but also starred on […]

LeBron becoming another Karl Malone … not a compliment

posted by mattaug

I rooted for the Utah Jazz’ great power forward Karl Malone and his team in the late 19990’s, especially when they took on the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. I was a Knicks fan from New York and I […]

Good Daughter: Mira Sorvino keeps eye on dad Paul’s diabetes

posted by mattaug

They may be movie stars, but the father and daughter tandem of Paul and Mira Sorvino are people too. Mira, in fact, is a bit of a doting daughter these days due to her dad’s diabetes. The pair were on […]

Katie only greaty in morning; Couric should be on ‘GMA’

posted by mattaug

I am not a television executive … nor do I play one on TV. OK, that almost joke aside, am I the only television “analyst” to see that the best fit for Katie Couric isn’t as a talk show host/part-time […]

Bachelor or Bachelorette: Where Is The Love?

posted by mattaug

Why do they even bother? All those dates, all those weeks of deciding who to keep, or who to bounce and The Bachelor and The Bachelorette still come down to one thing: The participants on either ABC show never find […]

Finals exam: Dwyane Wade, Heat Incomplete; Canucks Earning ‘A’

posted by mattaug

At some point a championship-caliber team has to dig deep and see what it is made of. Now is that time for Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. After crumbling late in game two, on its home court no less, […]

Parks & Rec’s Rob Lowe: not just a pretty boy

posted by mattaug

I am comfortable enough with myself on enough levels to write this: Rob Lowe is a handsome man. That gift from God aside, Lowe also happens to be a heckuva actor with film titles like The Outsiders, Wayne’s World, St. […]

How Could Howie Mandel Not Laugh … at Himself?

posted by mattaug

It should be rare that I blog about a show twice in three days, but I had to revisit America’s Got Talent after Tuesday’s season premiere. The NBC show didn’t disappoint, with uproariously humorous performances (like the talking bird) and […]

Worthwhile Segments On Kathie Lee, Hoda

posted by mattaug

OK, so Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are tough to watch at times, especially when they are talking all over each other. And is a fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show, even if it’s the most successful morning news/entertainment […]

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