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FOX NFL Sunday Makes ‘Riggle’ Room

posted by mattaug

I’m am generally not a fan of NFL pregame shows, but I always enjoyed Frank Caliendo’s work on FOX NFL Sunday for the past dozen years. His “relationship” with the show abruptly ended prior to this season, however, when Caliendo […]

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Ellen Over Oprah? No Way …

posted by mattaug

The recent ABC 20/20-People Magazine show on the top television programs and personalities has certainly given me plenty of fodder, for sure. I recently wrote a post disagreeing with the vote of I Love Lucy as the top comedy of […]

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All In The Family: Top Comedy Of All Time

posted by mattaug

Yes, I saw the 20-20/People Magazine special about the best TV programs of all time, and I have to disagree about the choice of best comedy. While the program’s top choice, I Love Lucy, was a great program in its […]

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Urban Drawl: Keith—American Idol Judge?

posted by mattaug

A FOX insider has  told Hollywood Reporter that Nicki Minaj will be tapped as a judge on the next season of American Idol. Apparently Keith Urban isn’t far behind signing up as a judge on the reality competition show, either. […]

Sharon Osbourne Leaving AGT A Year Late

posted by mattaug

Sharon Osbourne is probably leaving America’s Got Talent a season too late, in my opinion. In her seventh season at AGT, Osbourne’s comments to contestants and her laugh/cackle have gotten a bit old and stale. That may sound offensive, but […]

Good Olympics NBC, But Where’s Bruce Jenner?

posted by mattaug

The London Olympics have to be considered a success with a mostly fun, if overblown, opening night and lots of great competitions. But my trainer the other day brought up a very interesting point in which I thought I should […]

Missy Franklin, LeBron James Among Olympic Stars

posted by mattaug

Sports fans, and even non-sports fans somehow get caught up in the majesty of the Olympics every four years. It just happens. Actually, standout athletes like LeBron James, coming off his first NBA title, and swimming greats like Michael Phelps […]

No Fakin’, ‘Apprentice’ Should Be Clay Aiken

posted by mattaug

Clay Aiken raised over $100,000 more for his charity in The Apprentice finale than his competitor Arsenio Hall. He also got the nod from three of five competitors from ‘The Donald’ when they were asked who should win the reality […]

Did Sanitized Stern Or ‘AGT’ Sell Out?

posted by mattaug

America’s Got Talent has always been one of my favorite shows, especially as an escape from the heat of the summer. I’m not sure if the program will ever be the same for me, however. That’s because of the addition […]

Dick Clark Rocked Until End…

posted by mattaug

I’ll admit it, I changed my tune on Dick Clark’s  Rockin’ New Year’s Eve party. Well, at least the program’s namesake, as co-host Ryan Seacrest and music acts like Lady GaGa are not my thing. I had been a little […]

GRAMMYs High Points Outweighed Lows

posted by mattaug

It’s nice to be able to write that the high points of Sunday’s GRAMMYs on CBS outpaced the lows. By a pretty good distance, too. Sure, there was Nicki Minaj acting and dressing the fool … trying to mock Catholicism […]

M.I.A. Should Have Been M.I.A. At Big Game

posted by mattaug

As if we don’t have enough people flipping the bird at the U.S. and who “don’t give a crap”, pardon the language, rapper M.I.A. got into the action. In case you haven’t heard, though you probably have … which is […]

No Comment? Not My Readers…lol

posted by mattaug

I recently passed the 300 mark in reader comments, and that’s pretty exciting to me. After all, besides pageviews, there’s no other way to be sure people are ACTUALLY reading this feature/blog than getting comments. It’s fun to hear from […]

How-ard ‘Bout That? Stern On AGT

posted by mattaug

Did NBC take a dive into the cesspool with Thursday’s announcement that Howard Stern will be a judge on the summer talent show America’s Got Talent? The show has had edgy hosts before in Piers Morgan, “The Hoff” and Howie […]

Alec Baldwin’s SNL Stint Falls Flat

posted by mattaug

Pathetic. That’s the best way to describe Alec Baldwin’s appearance on ‘SNL’ the other night. It took me this long to opine because I only saw the ‘skit’ Monday morning on Today. I haven’t stayed up to watch SNL for […]

Fallon, Nevada … Named After Jimmy?

posted by mattaug

If Fallon, Nevada ISN’T named after Jimmy Fallon, NBC‘s late night talk show host …. well it SHOULD be! His dead-ringer impression, pardon the expression, of Jim Morrison the former front-man of The Doors is amazing. And his stint as […]

A (Howard) Stern Rebuke For NBC

posted by mattaug

When I heard Piers Morgan had an announcement to make last week I was kind of hoping it would be that he is giving up his CNN talk show in order to continue on with NBC‘s America’s Got Talent. Morgan […]

Don’t Keep Up With The Kardashians

posted by mattaug

Sorry for those of you who are “offended” if Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries wedding was a set up to make millions of dollars and gain more viewers to the E! network reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. If […]

J.R. Martinez: Dancing With The Stars Hero

posted by mattaug

The judges are kind of obnoxious at times and you need to appreciate dance to fully enjoy it, but Dancing With The Stars definitely has one hero to root for this season: Iraqi war veteran J.R. Martinez, who suffered burns […]

Want News? Just ‘Scroll’ With It…

posted by mattaug

I think sometimes I get more information on the news scroll at the bottom of the screen than I do from the news or entertainment program itself. Even on Entertainment Tonight, which I usually blow past on the dial, I […]

‘America’s Got Talent’ Dance Troupe Inspires

posted by mattaug

Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. That’s the best way to describe the dance troupe Silhouettes, which appears to be a top-10, at least, finisher on this season’s edition of America’s Got Talent. As impressive as their routine was […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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