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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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Please Don’t … Go On!

posted by mattaug

To be continued? Hopefully not! Oh, go on … or perhaps don’t go on would be better! OK, I got all the puns out of my system, for now. Trouble is, I also got the new Matthew Perry/NBC series “Go […]

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Remote Viewing: Matt’s Quick Clicks

posted by mattaug

OK, as if I don’t make some people angry enough writing about one television topic, I am going to try to take on several in one feature. There was plenty of brouhaha over Al Roker’s comment to Matt Lauer about […]

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Tim Allen Stands, Delivers Again For ABC

posted by mattaug

Tim Allen hasn’t changed much in  recent years, and for that we can ALL be thankful! The once-troubled ex-con turned comedian turned television star is still making us laugh in his latest ABC comedy, Last Man Standing. Allen flourished with […]

Extra! Extra! (Terrestrial?) UFOlympic Games

posted by mattaug

Perhaps it was trying to avoid the hassle of dealing with London traffic? Or maybe an awkward foray into American politics by not bumping into either The Romneys or Michelle Obama? Whatever the reason, a strange looking craft appeared to […]

Another Arsenio Late Night Gig? … Zzzzz

posted by mattaug

Woof, woof! Again? Ugh! Arsenio Hall has apparently parlayed his win on the most recent Celebrity Apprentice into another shot at a late night show. While Donald Trump’s show can be entertaining, if a bit cut-throat at times, for numerous […]

Salma’s Super Salesperson For Milk, BK

posted by mattaug

No matter how many times I’ve seen it, Salma Hayek’s ad for Got Milk? makes me laugh. How many of us have endured the same type of stuff, being out of a crucial grocery item and having to go out […]

Please Stop Mid-Game Interviews!

posted by mattaug

They’re useless and painful to watch. They annoy the heck out of the coach and probably the poor sideline reporters that have to “conduct” them: They are the in-game interview with the coaches and they must stop NOW! You’ve seen […]

Issues With ‘Quilted Northern’ Bath Tissue

posted by mattaug

We have so many reality shows these days, and some of them are pretty good and interesting. Most of them we all could quite honestly do without. Well, Quilted Northern bathroom tissue, with a recent ad campaign wants to bring […]

Geico Ads More Misses Than Hits

posted by mattaug

For every one of Geico’s ads that are funny or clever, to me, there are about 20 or more that miss the mark. The reason I write about this is because Geico seems to be the only advertiser on TV […]

Happy … Mostly … 200th CC Post!

posted by mattaug

Thanks to you readers and the folks at Beliefnet, this feature recently reached its 200th posting. It’s been so much fun and eye-opening doing this “work”, and I thank you SO much for reading and supporting it. It’s easy to […]

Sorry PBS, No Cash For You!

posted by mattaug

I don’t mean to sound heartless … really I don’t. I bawled like a six-year-old, after all, when I watched Jackie Evancho sing on PBS the other night (thanks for the over 100 facebook shares, too). She was superb and […]

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 […]

Beavis and Butt-head … TV going backwards

posted by mattaug

I told the bosses at BN when I was approved for this gig … writing TV features, that is … that I would find inspiring things to write about. Well, today won’t be one of those days. That’s because tonight […]

Money Can ‘Ad’ Up Doing Commercials

posted by mattaug

First of all, I’ll just come clean on something … I am VERY jealous of Chris Berman. The ESPN “personality” broadcasts the top sports for top dollars and then makes EVEN more money appearing in ads. He can even get […]

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 […]

Any Reality Show Ideas Left? Here’s A Few …

posted by mattaug

Let’s see … we have reality shows on obvious subjects like dating and competitions for money. Then there are the less obvious topics like storage, couponing, cupcakes and the like. Are there any remaining topics? A few, perhaps … like […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Now For A Commercial Interruption

posted by mattaug

You know a commercial is good when you could have changed the channel … but didn’t. That’s usually the case with McDonalds ads, including its most recent one of a lemon with a human face whining about he’s usually referred […]

“Spray It Ain’t So … I’m A Wipeout Fan!”

posted by mattaug

I have to admit it, when I first saw ads for the ABC show “Wipeout” I thought it would be pretty dopey. I’m not really a big fan of watching people make idiots of themselves on television a la “America’s […]

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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This TV Critic Hopes Twitter Is Here To Stay!
A recent newspaper article that indicated Twitter is some kind of fad that could come and go in the next few years seems kind of sad to me. The great equalizer in our society isn't economic or legal or anythin

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Missing Sammy Davis Jr., Twinkies
I just noticed that the late, great Sammy Davis Jr's birthday, Dec. 8, came and went over the weekend. I miss the talented man, who broke down racial barriers through high great singing, dancing and even acting skills. Yes, even the latter, as judged by his appearance on the TV classic "All in

posted 8:22:23am Dec. 12, 2012 | read full post »

Daymond John Is One Cool 'Shark'
Inspiring people who are role-models are often difficult to come by when it comes to today’s television shows. Programs are often so full of rude, crude and offensive behavior from people with the same qualit

posted 1:39:27pm Dec. 10, 2012 | read full post »

On Thin Ice: Are NHL Owners Bargaining In Good Faith With Players?
I'm a strange 'cat', I'll admit it. Just ab0ut completely broke all the time, yet I am as conservative as the day is long. And I always will be. In a similar way, I have always been among the working middle class, or poor, lol, but tend to see things in the owner's point of view in many res

posted 6:23:34pm Dec. 07, 2012 | read full post »

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