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America Ingenuity: Sonic Ad “Tribute” To Peek

posted by mattaug

No one does more corny puns than me. One group of people does, however: the advertising firms for American products. Sonic, a hamburger chain throughout the U.S. and a half-hour worthwhile drive for me, recently did a take-off on America’s […]

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Mitch Pitches In Nicely On MLB Network

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Mitch Williams performs similarly in his role as an analyst on the MLB Network as he did as a reliever in the big leagues. He just lets fly. The ex-MLB/Phillies closer is most famous for allowing Joe Carter’s bomb for […]

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Are There Any Great TV Cartoons Anymore?

posted by mattaug

I admit I was going to write about how much better cartoons were when I was growing up, but then I realized something: I haven’t watched cartoons for years, save for a rare episode of Sponge Bob or Speed Racer […]

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HBO’s Real Sports Still Keeps It Real

posted by mattaug

To say HBO’s Real Sports revived Bryant Gumbel’s career is like saying Rex Ryan likes cheeseburgers. Well done, not the cheeseburgers, the HBO program is as Gumbel deftly plays host to different sports-themed stories, some featurey and most thought-provoking. Without […]

Morning Shows Don’t Stop Believin’ In Journey

posted by mattaug

How can one group appear on two morning shows at once? Perhaps they are called “Journey” for a reason, as the rock group performed its classic Don’t Stop Believin’ on NBC’s Today Show Friday morning, then the song was performed […]

Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food Eats At Me

posted by mattaug

When Man Vs Food is on, I will travel to another channel, at least if its toward the end of the program. The Travel Channel show is informative and interesting when it comes to showing how food is prepared and […]

Superior Judge On America’s Got Talent? Piers Morgan

posted by mattaug

Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne are likeable in their roles as judges on America’s Got Talent, to be sure. But only Piers Morgan consistently takes his role seriously as a TRUE judge of talent. That was evident again Tuesday night […]

Palin Documentary The Undefeated Ready For TV

posted by mattaug

I have to admit, the opposite of what I thought would happen with Sarah Palin’s documentary took place. I thought The Undefeated would be critically panned but be a cult hit among Evangelical Christians and/or conservative Republicans. Instead, apparently the […]

Kimmel Or Fallon: Gimme’ Jimmy At Night

posted by mattaug

To me, David Letterman and Jay Leno have both gone stale in the battle for late night. On the rare occasions I have seen him, Conan O’Brien is still sharp and funny. The problem is, I really haven’t fully followed […]

Mixed Reviews For NBC’s The Marriage Ref

posted by mattaug

I was a terrible official/referee for youth flag football when I tried it once. I am having the same results trying to figure out whether or not I enjoy NBC’s The Marriage Ref, which airs Sunday night on the network […]

Several Comedies Just Not Funny Anymore

posted by mattaug

Several comedies just aren’t laugh worthy anymore. I’m not sure if the characters have just grown “old” or if the writers have run out of ideas but some programs seem finished. 30 Rock: How many seasons of Alec Baldwin can […]

Ratings To Treasure For A&E’s Storage Wars

posted by mattaug

Nuthin’ fancy. That may be the best way to describe the A&E reality program Storage Wars. The show follows two single men, a husband and wife team and a father and son pairing as they battle through auctions for unpaid […]

$1 Million Question: Did TV Producer Meet With Casey Anthony?

posted by mattaug

Television producer Al Taylor claims he offered Casey Anthony $1 million for an exclusive TV interview to tell her side of the story in the death of her daughter. The whole world knows by now Casey Anthony was found not […]

He ‘Ames’ To Please … Bachelorette Ashley Not Impressed

posted by mattaug

The Bachelorette is full of heartache and heartbreak. And those are just my feelings on the ABC series. Seriously, from the little I watched it appeared Ames, booted by Ashley in Monday night’s showdown of four remaining bachelors, was a […]

The Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab Fits Bill

posted by mattaug

There’s one cab you DEFINITELY want to catch if you hail one down in New York City. Cash Cab, which airs 5p ET on The Discovery Channel, is like Jeopardy minus Alex Trebek and the awkward banter between him and […]

Smithsonian Channel Offers ‘Classy’ Television

posted by mattaug

Tired of mind-mushing reality shows, or over-acted dramas? Sometimes it’s nice to turn on a television channel where you can actually learn something and not feel a little grimy for watching. The Smithsonian Channel offers escapism programming in a good […]

Dr. Drew Worries As Charlie Sheen’s Ex Battles Addiction

posted by mattaug

I have changed my mind about Dr. Drew over the years. As portrayed on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew shows he really does care about the people he’s trying to help. Dr. Drew indicated he is troubled that Brooke Mueller, […]

Japan Champs Of Women’s World Cup; U.S. Still Winners

posted by mattaug

Too bad someone had to lose … That’s what they always say after a great sports event. But I submit to you, NEITHER side lost when Japan defeated the U.S. women’s soccer team in Sunday’s World Cup final on ESPN. […]

Alexandra Pelosi: Mostly Fair Documentary Filmmaker

posted by mattaug

Sometimes parents can learn a thing or two from their children. Such is the case with documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. Her mother, in case you don’t know from the last name is Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House […]

Jane Lynch Shows Glee After Show Loses Three

posted by mattaug

As I wrote in a previous blog I am not a fan of the TV show Glee. I credited it for amazing marketing and some talented singing and dancing, however. I am stunned by star Jane Lynch’s comments about three […]

Stiller The One: Costanza/Cantstandya … We Love Ya!

posted by mattaug

How is it that Jerry Stiller just keeps getting better with age? He was terrific as George Costanza’s father Frank in Seinfeld and arguably even better as Carrie’s dad Arthur in King of Queens. The father of superstar Ben Stiller, […]

Top Five Morning Shows: ‘Today’ Still Rules

posted by mattaug

Even with its shortcomings, NBC’s Today show still rules the mornings in my opinion. No. 1: NBC’s Today: Matt Lauer can be a little liberal and a little condescending at times, but but this is still clearly the best morning […]

Lea Michele of ‘Glee’ ? … I Hardly Knew Yee

posted by mattaug

Lea Michele, along with Glee classmates Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will “graduate” at the end of the coming season. “We always knew we’d graduate in real time. It’s all part of the plan and it’s all good!” Michele tweeted, […]

Amazing Race, Amazing Run: Two More Emmy Nominations

posted by mattaug

These days it can be hard to keep people’s attention for two minutes, no less two decades. That’s part of what makes the CBS series The Amazing Race so, well, amazing. The people behind the Emmy’s agree, giving the show […]

In Battle Of Cola Wars, Pepsi Ad Pops

posted by mattaug

Pepsi has taken more angles in trying to defeat Coca Cola than Ashton Kutcher with a camera in all those photo ads. Well, it took Santa Claus to do it but Pepsi finally “outcooled” Coke, at least for this summer. […]

Thanks A Bunch For Gilligan’s Island, Sherwood Schwartz

posted by mattaug

Sherwood Schwartz died Tuesday at the age of 94. Most people who watch TV show credits run at the end of programs remember him as the creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island. To me, he was practically like […]

MLB’s Midsummer Classic A Drawn-Out, Listless Affair

posted by mattaug

I like interleague play in Major League Baseball, but this is one night where the sport suffers for it: The MLB All-Star Game, to be aired on FOX at 8p ET. Gone are some matchups you would have waited all […]

Not ‘Charmed’ By ‘Angel’ In The Morning, TNT

posted by mattaug

Last week I credited television for the fact some quality shows like Cosby and Home Improvement can be seen during the day in recent years. Some television programmers, like TNT, also should be slammed, however, for allowing shows like Charmed […]

‘Big Brother’ Houseguests Just Like You, Me … Unfortunately

posted by mattaug

Reality shows can be addictive, even if some are not particularly healthy to be watching. Take ‘Big Brother’, … please, as the old joke goes. It’s an interesting study of how strangers behave when confined together for days, weeks and […]

The 700 Club Still Has It … After All These Years

posted by mattaug

When I was a kid growing up I noticed a neighbor of mine used to watch The 700 Club. It was a little odd in that I thought “church stuff” like that was just for Sunday mornings. I couldn’t see […]

Would Professional Jury Been Better For Casey Anthony Trial?

posted by mattaug

I like and admire Sean Hannity, a great deal. Those of you who read this blog on a semi-regular basis probably know that already. But when the FOX TV commentator laughed and scoffed at radio commentator Mike Gallagher’s suggestion that […]

Television Classics On ‘Round The Clock

posted by mattaug

One of the benefits to the glut of television programming available over the past two decades is how it pushed really good shows into daytime viewing. Or anytime viewing. Programs like Law & Order, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement and […]

Magnetic Screens Are Thing Of Summer Dreams

posted by mattaug

OK, I’ll admit it. I LOVE that commercial for magnetic screens where people and pets can push their way through without having to continually open and shut doors. (Oh, the things we have to endure in this nation!) The people […]

CNN Got What It Deserved With Ousted Spitzer

posted by mattaug

After just nine months, the Eliot Spitzer experiment is over at CNN. What seemed like a desperate hire to begin with, the disgraced ex-New York governor was initially teamed with virtual unknown Kathleen Parker. They weren’t an engaging pairing or […]

John Mackey Is Why NFL Players Must Fight For Fair Shake

posted by mattaug

John Mackey died Wednesday. One of the NFL’s top tight ends ever passed after a long battle with dementia. The once dominant force with the Colts and Chargers in the 1960’s and 70’s ran over eight players on one play […]

Should Casey Anthony Trial Have Been Televised?

posted by mattaug

Casey Anthony will be released from prison in less than a week with time served after lying to authorities in the matter of the death/murder of her child. It was a sad and sordid case in which we may never […]

Internet TV Can Be A Remarkable Value

posted by mattaug

Looking to cut down on your bills, but not sure where to start? Believe it or not, your cable or satellite tab, anywhere from $50-$100 per month — I feel your pain — can be wiped out, or reduced, with […]

The Verdict Is In: No Justice For Caylee Anthony

posted by mattaug

I believe all babies and children go to heaven when they die. It gives me some peace to know that, especially after things happen like the Casey Anthony murder trial. It made for riveting television watching the jury decision come […]

A&E’s Hoarders Hard To Watch … In Good Way

posted by mattaug

There are many different things to get dangerously hooked on in life, and hoarding is certainly one of them, especially in America with its relative wealth. The A&E show Hoarders points out at the beginning of each program that 3 […]

American Airlines: Something Special ‘On’ The Air

posted by mattaug

Credit American Airlines for the company’s terrific TV commercials paying homage to our troops. In one spot an African American female soldier humbly takes a salute from a fellow passenger while boarding a plane. In another ad a white male […]

“Just For Men” Commercial Is Just For No One

posted by mattaug

I couldn’t help but notice which “Just For Men” commercial was selected to air during Saturday’s Mets-Yankees game on FOX Saturday afternoon baseball. The ad was fine, even kind of sweet and funny, with the two girls prodding their father […]

Talkin’ MLB? It’s Probably Because Of Interleague Play

posted by mattaug

Bud Selig can be tough to take. The Major League Baseball commissioner is so closely tied to the owners, as an ex-owner himself, it’s hard to believe he will do things in the best interest of the game and not […]

No Lover of Newsweek’s Princess Diana Cover

posted by mattaug

It’s creepy and it’s cooky and altogether ooky and if this is what it takes to sell magazines these days, then shut them all down. Newsweek editor in chief Tina Brown’s decision to put the likeness of an “aging” Princess […]

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