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Does ‘GMA’ Lack Gravitas?

posted by mattaug

I am guilty, I admit it. I often watch Today on NBC in the mornings and neglect to give Good Morning America a look. I intentionally switched things up Friday morning and watched GMA. There was a great deal of […]

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‘Big Brother’ Reality Check

posted by mattaug

Maybe a reader of this blog who commented on Big Brother is correct, maybe reality shows should be wiped off the face of the earth. But the reality is, reality shows are probably here to stay and a few of […]

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O’Reilly, Hannity … Rush? ‘Conserving’ FOX News

posted by mattaug

I’ve pointed out before in this blog that one is more than five. That is, love him or hate him,  Glenn Beck at 5 p.m. on FOX News was MUCH stronger programming than the five “yakkers” that replaced him on […]

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‘Big Brother’ Death Threats Ridiculous

posted by mattaug

It’s a shame that some people can’t watch a show without becoming a part of the story. Or trying to. The reported death threats against a family of a contestant responsible for the “eviction” of a popular house guest on […]

Out-FOX-ed? Soak’s On You Geraldo

posted by mattaug

I wrote it last night on Facebook, and I’ll write it again here now on Beliefnet. Geraldo Rivera of FOX News didn’t need to be standing out in the rain for his entire Saturday night newscast. It’s one thing for […]

Emilio Estevez: The Anti-Charlie Sheen

posted by mattaug

The more I have heard from Charlie Sheen over the last year, the more I like his brother Emilio Estevez. It’s not nice and certainly not Christian to make fun of Charlie Sheen’s well-documented troubles so I won’t. Instead, it’s […]

Is Stormchasing Just Plain Twisted?

posted by mattaug

The footage is exciting, thrilling and it keeps us informed. But it also begs a question: is stormchasing, or any other kind of weatherchasing for that matter, such a good idea? It’s one thing for those poor reporters to have […]

Warning! Christian TV programming ahead

posted by mattaug

ABC Family deserves credit for airing 700 Club. Let’s start with that point. However, there is a “warning” that airs before and after the program that the show “doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of ABC Family”. I know … gosh […]

NBC … Nothin’ But (Dick) Cheney?

posted by mattaug

It seems like an odd partnership at first glance, but NBC and Dick Cheney are teaming up for tons of programming in the next couple of days. The former vice president’s NBC onslaught started Thursday with a snippet of an […]

Nick Cannon’s Talent Could Burst Onto Many Shows

posted by mattaug

I have blogged before about what a terrific job Nick Cannon has done as host of America’s Got Talent. Cannon boasts a great sense of  comedic timing, along with solid interviewing skills and he doesn’t seem to have a mean […]

Chevy Ad Drives Me Crazy … In A Good Way

posted by mattaug

I’m taking this blog post off … count your blessings … to bring you this VERY FUNNY ad! It’s so well done, it speaks for itself. ………………………………………………………… for a look at the sports of the day please check out: http://www.heapsgoodstuff.com/

Marco Rubio Literally Gives Nation A Lift

posted by mattaug

How cool is it to be Marco Rubio these days? Even though he rarely seeks the spotlight, the 40-year-old junior senator from Florida is already being discussed as a presidential candidate. Timing is everything, and if the U.S. is still […]

Denise Richards Just Says No To ‘Men’

posted by mattaug

I have seen some interviews with Denise Richards in recent months and I am impressed with her level-headedness and how well spoken she is. Was she really once married to Charlie Sheen? That’s really intended to be a compliment to […]

Toughest White House Correspondents?

posted by mattaug

No president enjoyed a longer, deeper unquestioned love from the media than Barack Obama. Those days appear to be nearing an end, however, as even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews may no longer be getting shivers down his spine, or weak at […]

‘Same Name’ On CBS Shows Heart

posted by mattaug

There are still SOME inspiring shows on television, and CBS’ Same Name is one of them. The premise of the show is that celebrities like Mike Tyson, David Hasselhoff and Kathy Griffin change places with “unfamous” people who happen to […]

Was ‘King’ Whopper Of Mistake For BK?

posted by mattaug

Goodbye ‘King’ … we hardly knew ye. Burger King will reportedly drop use of the statuesque ‘King’, which I did not think was such a great advertising face to begin with. Some people think he looked a little creepy and […]

Sarah Silverman Hates God, Gets NBC Series

posted by mattaug

Kathy Griffin has had some success with her God-mocking “comedy” act … and now here comes Sarah Silverman. Thanks to NBC, the “comedienne” who says vile things about Christ and Christianity and so many other topics will get her chance […]

Kate Gosselin Helps Blog Hit 100 Comments

posted by mattaug

One of the more fun things about doing a blog is getting feedback from readers. If you don’t get feedback, after all, you wonder why bother writing ’em? Kate Gosselin is responsible for pushing my comments well over 100 since […]

It’s Always Showtime For S.F. Giants

posted by mattaug

“He’d instantly become our greatest player,” San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson said of Carlos Beltran right before the team acquired the outfielder from the New York Mets. Wilson was reaching, perhaps hoping Beltran would provide an offensive spark […]

New York’s Yappin’ Quarterbacks

posted by mattaug

There is one quality New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his New York Jets counterpart Mark Sanchez have not shared in their early careers. Neither is obnoxious. Up to a few days ago anyway. Manning, however, compared himself to […]

With Lauer At Hand, Is ‘Today’ Desperately Seeking Seacrest?

posted by mattaug

Matt Lauer is tired, literally, of the Today Show on NBC. The co-host with newly promoted Ann Curry, is reportedly weary of getting up at 4 a.m. for work and may leave the top-ranked morning show. NBC may look to […]

TLC Pulls Plug: Viewers Could No Longer Relate To Kate Gosselin

posted by mattaug

I don’t get any joy from Monday night’s news that TLC has pulled the plug on its reality show Kate Plus Eight. I feel sadness for a woman, Kate Gosselin, whose life has changed so much due to fame and […]

Yankees’ Robertson Winner On, Off Field

posted by mattaug

Everyone knows about all the world series titles won by the New York Yankees. It makes them the most hated and/or loved team in perhaps all of sports. You HAVE to respect several of the team’s players for their class […]

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry So Very Telegenic

posted by mattaug

It’s too early to call him President Rick Perry. Or even Republican nominee for President Rick Perry. But the Texan took to the airwaves Saturday afternoon and ran roughshod over everything in his path. In a good way … for […]

Changing Channels Hits Century Mark … In Posts

posted by mattaug

“I call ’em like I see ’em”. The refrain of the baseball umpire is similar to how I go about my business here for the Changing Channels TV blog. And I have done so 100 times already for Beliefnet since […]

Jerry Springer’s ‘Baggage’ More Like Garbage

posted by mattaug

Silly me. I thought Game Show Network was supposed to be a bunch of old ‘classic’ game shows with a few new ones sprinkled in. I turned it on the other night by accident, looking for Nick at Nite, and […]

Not A Shocker: TBS Drops George Lopez Tonight

posted by mattaug

He’s basically a nice guy and he can be pretty funny, but George Lopez couldn’t carry a late night show. There’s no shame in that, as even bigger names have failed in the venture including Chevy Chase, Magic Johnson and […]

Stop Jerry-Mandering: Lewis Deserves MDA Farewell

posted by mattaug

Yes, his appearances have become corny, cheesy and painful to watch but Jerry Lewis is the face of MDA. Let him say goodbye for cryin’ out loud! The organization recently announced it was parting ways with Lewis after 45 years. […]

Is Tina Brown’s Newsweek Attacking Michelle Bachmann?

posted by mattaug

Being a liberal must be FAR more important to Tina Brown than being a fair-minded person. Or being a woman or person with even an ounce of empathy for that matter. In her latest questionable move as head of Newsweek, […]

Kate, Don’t Date … Eight Is Enough

posted by mattaug

News that Kate Gosselin is even considering dating again is, well, disturbing to put it mildly. The star of Kate Plus 8 is attractive and single, although that’s arguable on either point. Kate Gosselin can’t really be considered single whether […]

U-Verse In Reverse; Drops ESPN 3D

posted by mattaug

I am disappointed, to put it mildly. I purchased a 3DTV a few months ago with the hopes of watching movies and sports in a new dimension, literally. Come to find out, that U-Verse has dropped ESPN 3D from its […]

Leave ‘Come To Jesus Moments’ To Jesus

posted by mattaug

People have a clever relatively new expression they are throwing around these days. They call it a “come to Jesus moment”. They think it’s clever, but when you think about it, it’s very disrespectful to what Christ does. Christians believe […]

Offering A Little Punch To Late Night Wars

posted by mattaug

I don’t stay up late to watch the late night talk shows. Only rarely do I even tape them to watch them in the morning. But I am here for you guys, though, the people who are even more fanatical […]

Larry The Cable Guy Still “Gits-R-Done”

posted by mattaug

I have to admit I missed or avoided most of the Larry the Cable Guy phenomenon of recent years, except of course for his famous phrase: “Git-R-Done”. Larry deserves credit for being more than just a one-trick pony though, racking […]

Are You Ready For Some Football Over-analysis?

posted by mattaug

What would we do without the NFL? That question won’t have to be answered since the league and its players worked out an agreement to save the season. Not only did DirecTV breathe a huge sigh of relief, so did […]

FOX News’ The Five Lacks ‘Ooompf’

posted by mattaug

Say what you will about Glenn Beck, but the man was a television star and personality unlike few others. Love him or hate him, Beck could make you laugh or cry, in the same hour. Who else on TV had […]

‘Manny’ Happy Returns On Staples Ad

posted by mattaug

Staples office supply company made a shrewd move to include ‘Manny’ in its latest ads. No, not the surly ex-baseball slugger Manny Ramirez or the possibly overexposed boxing great Manny Pacquiao. Manny, the youngster much like an adult on Modern […]

Casey Anthony Circus Left O-Town, Didn’t It?

posted by mattaug

The judge calling for a return of Casey Anthony to Orlando to possibly serve probation on a previous check fraud case is re-opening a can of worms. Anthony, already safely out of the state following a recent not-guilty finding in […]

Even In 100 Degree Heat, Hockey Announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Deserves Praise

posted by mattaug

With 100° temperatures burning up most of the country it may seem like an odd time to talk about the NHL. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to praise Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, the outstanding broadcaster elected to the Hockey […]

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On Thin Ice: Are NHL Owners Bargaining In Good Faith With Players?
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