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Larry Hagman Enjoyed ‘Dream’ Career

posted by mattaug

From a creative comedy like “I Dream of Jeannie” to the cutthroat drama “Dallas” one quality defined Larry Hagman’s career as much as any other: Fun. The man seemed to genuinely enjoy his work up until the day he died, […]

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‘A Football Life’ Is Well Worth Watching

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Growing up a New York sports fan I can be a little negative and jaded at times. How else can one possibly explain criticizing very successful teams like the Yankees and Giants? That brings me to Giants coach Tom Coughlin, […]

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‘Homeland’ … Best Show I Have Never Seen

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Homeland, the Showtime series on terrorism, has alot going for it. It’s coming off a fabulously successful first season and Emmy night, great stars like Claire Daines, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. It also boasts a pretty strong fan base […]

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Christine Ha’s Remarkable Kitchen Vision

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Right from the beginning of this season of FOX’s reality cooking show Masterchef Christine Ha pulled at more than just the apron strings. The blind chef tugged at the heart strings as well with her amazing cooking ability and humble […]

Gordon Ramsay For President?

posted by mattaug

Outside of Mitt Romney perhaps one other person can be the job “saver” or creator the United States REALLY needs right now: Gordon Ramsay. Yes, or “yah” as he would say, Ramsay comes off as arrogant, harsh and even cocky […]

Is ‘Bachelorette’ Winner Jef Holm Nicest Guy Ever?

posted by mattaug

It seems to me ‘Bachelorette’ winner Jef Holm went from being a top-5 candidate to ‘win’ the reality show by doing one thing in particular: Being the nicest guy in the world. The approach worked, as Holm won the heart […]

Did Trump Show Hand On ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?

posted by mattaug

Maybe I’m making too much of this, but at the end of Sunday’s The Apprentice it seems clear to me host Donald Trump is clearly looking in one direction when he fires the last of the remaining three competitors. The […]

‘Luck’ Be A Canceled Series…Thankfully

posted by mattaug

What a shame, what a crying shame. The death of three horses for the making of  the HBO series ‘Luck‘ is a real disgrace and is pretty darn unforgivable, as well. Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, among other actors who […]

Thin-Skinned Jets Should Welcome ‘Broadway Joe’ Back

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Ugh … no not my name … but I was SO wrong about Joe Namath for so many years. I would look at his sub-par statistics and think the guy MUST have been overrated. I know I wrote it already, […]

‘Beyond Scared Straight’ Is Worth Watching

posted by mattaug

Pardon the grammar but “Beyond Scared Straight” ain’t no joke. The A&E series gives would be convicts a real look, a real CLOSE look, at what life behind bars would be like. What it IS like, actually. And it’s no […]

Give Jim Caviezel Tickets … To Any Game

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I usually think it’s schlocky and corny when they show Hollywood stars at events and games. I think that ticket should have gone to someone who REALLY wants to be there, not just someone a network can point out and […]

‘Lost’ Actors Are Found

posted by mattaug

It’s hard to believe it’s been a while since the drama Lost went off the air. I am noticing some of the actors popping up in new, or “newish”, shows though. The new edition of Hawaii Five O boasts a […]

Trust The Gordon Restaurant Man

posted by mattaug

My oldest brother is not going to be happy with me for this, as he doesn’t suffer fools or celebrity chefs lightly, but I enjoy watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. Augie, Sacramento’s first-ever four-star chef a few years […]

‘Downsized’ A Good Fit For TV

posted by mattaug

Reality TV has spawned plenty of garbage, but WE’s Downsized isn’t one such program. The program shows the real-life struggles of a decent hard-working family living near Phoenix, AZ. Todd and Laura Bruce and their seven children lived well before […]

Nice To See ‘G’, ‘PG’ Movies

posted by mattaug

I know, I know … I come off as some kind of goody two-shoes sometimes. I just don’t know what’s so great about all those movies where people are getting drunk, throwing up, acting obnoxiously and wasting their time and […]

Barry Zito: Struggling Pitcher, Heckuva’ Person

posted by mattaug

It’s so easy to get disappointed with athletes and forget they are human beings too. Being brought up in the four-paper, 24-hour sports radio environment of New York I have often fallen into the trap of disliking players … often […]

Kate Gosselin: Working ‘Regular Jobs’ Is ‘Mediocre’

posted by mattaug

Perhaps she was still too upset and emotional about the end of her recently-cancelled reality series Kate Plus 8, but Kate Gosselin’s Monday morning interview on Today was quite revealing. Unfortunately for her, not in a good way as when […]

What Would We Do Without Universal HD Channel?

posted by mattaug

What would we do without Universal HD channel? That is the question I pondered Thursday afternoon when I checked out its schedule for the evening. First there was Finding John Christmas and A Town Without Christmas, followed by episodes of […]

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 […]

It’s Always Showtime For S.F. Giants

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“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 […]

Palin Documentary The Undefeated Ready For TV

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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 […]

Ratings To Treasure For A&E’s Storage Wars

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Alexandra Pelosi: Mostly Fair Documentary Filmmaker

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Borg-McEnroe Rivalry Revisited In Stellar HBO Documentary

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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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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