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Missing Sammy Davis Jr., Twinkies

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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Bob Costas Should Stick To Sportscasting

posted by mattaug

Let me first say that I have always admired and enjoyed Bob Costas’ work as a sportscaster and sports talk show host. The way he can shift gears from football to baseball and even the Olympics is impressive to watch […]

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‘One’ Man: In Support Of Angus T. Jones

posted by mattaug

What was the  worst thing Two And A Half Men actor Angus T. Jones said in his so-called religious rant this past week? Probably the truth, because as they say … it hurts. “The enemy” (the devil) is coming to […]

Here’s To You “Mr. Sacramento”!

posted by mattaug

Rush Limbaugh slips up at times, especially when he’s trying to be funny. He’s also an old-time values guy, which pleases some and turns off other radio listeners — usually the former as the man has forged a remarkable career. […]

FOX News Report Card: Center-Right

posted by mattaug

I had to do it. I had to “unfriend” a former associate on Facebook a few weeks ago for “accusing” me of only watching FOX News. Although I “lean right” on many political and social topics, I have spent my […]

Election Night’s Winners, Losers

posted by mattaug

First off , the winners of election night … Barack Obama — Obvious choice, he got enough Americans to believe he can turn the economy around despite serious struggles in his first-term. Bill Clinton, to his credit, understood his limits […]

I Cast My Ballot For … Jesus!

posted by mattaug

Been there, done that … may even do it again … as early as tonight. That is, wait nervously around the television set for election night results to find out who will lead this great nation. Tonight, it turns out, […]

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 […]

Please Take Politics Out Of ‘Sandy’…

posted by mattaug

This might seem like a strange post coming from someone who has angered some on the left and the right in recent days with posts questioning the president’s choice of talk shows to appear on, while also calling for prayer […]

DirecTV ‘Sandy’ Channel Was Well Done

posted by mattaug

As a ‘Southerner’ the last few years, it was not the way I wanted to see my hometown New York and Connecticut TV stations, but I was certainly glad DirecTV offered a ‘Sandy ‘ channel in recent days. The programmer […]

Before I Go On … About Joy Behar Post

posted by mattaug

With one of the most vicious weather episodes to ever hit a part of the country occurring, it seems there would be more important things to blog about today. I’m sure all our hearts and prayers go out to all […]

Stern Rebuke For Retiring NBA Commish

posted by mattaug

First the good. NBA commissioner David Stern has done an amazing job building the NBA into a profit and marketing machine in his nearly three decades at the helm. Stern, who recently announced he will step down from his post […]

No Debate: Paul Ryan Ready To Be Veep

posted by mattaug

He was calm, cool and collected and ready to be vice president should there be an opening in just about three weeks. Paul Ryan comported himself very well at the vice president’s debate, or whatever it was called, Thursday night. […]

Great Scott! Charged Up That Baio’s Back

posted by mattaug

While perhaps not the most serious actor around, there’s always something earnest and likeable about Scott Baio. I can especially say that now since I am no longer jealous of him for being such a “babe magnet” from his time […]

Mitt Grabbed TV Viewers In Debate

posted by mattaug

Oh, the power of television can be a double-edged sword, especially for politicians. In the past Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton used their ability to be ‘telegenic’ to win consecutive terms in the White House and effectively govern to some […]

Marlins, Greenberg’s Great Moment

posted by mattaug

Baseball has provided many magical moments over the years and Tuesday night was certainly no different. Adam Greenberg, who was beaned in his first major league at-bat seven years ago and dealt with an ensuing concussion and migraines, made his […]

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 […]

‘Homeland’ … Best Show I Have Never Seen

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Good To See NFL Refs Back In Action

posted by mattaug

The best referees are often the ones you don’t see or hear in a game. That wasn’t true for the beginning of Thursday’s Ravens-Browns game, however, as fans applauded game officials at the beginning of the contest and linebacker Ray […]

Marlins Awful On TV, On Field

posted by mattaug

I’ll admit I am a New York Yankees fan first and Mets, second, although the second part of that sentence can be really tough to deal with at times. As awful as the Mets have played in the second half […]

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 […]

Steve Sabol Helped Change Face Of Football

posted by mattaug

Some people wonder how football got to be America’s most popular sport. Steve Sabol, who died earlier this week, is part of the reason why. Sabol, who passed at age 69 from brain cancer, was responsible, along with his father, […]

Christine Ha’s Remarkable Kitchen Vision

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Does President ‘Mean’ To Be Mean?

posted by mattaug

  On the day the Democratic National Convention, the DNC, really gets rolling I have to wonder something about the president … does he MEAN to be  mean? I ask this question about Barack Obama because of his willingness, even […]

RNC Packed With Pride, Passion, Power

posted by mattaug

If it was just a show … then the Republican National Convention was one heckuva show at that. But I wouldn’t want to call it just a show, not to the likes of all the terrific governors who spoke or […]

Jerry Jones Promotes Cowboys, Pizza

posted by mattaug

Call me old-fashioned and that’s just fine but there’s something appropriate about owners acting like owners. I guess I am spoiled by how the Tisch and Mara families have handled themselves as owners of the New York Giants: with dignity […]

For Announcing Dodgers, It’s Just Vin Baby!

posted by mattaug

First off, for a disclaimer, I am NOT a big fan of everything Los Angeles. Take the traffic, overcrowding, bloated sports teams and mostly liberal politicians. Take them all … please! That said, it’s difficult not to admire and respect […]

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. […]

Michael Strahan The Man For ‘Live’

posted by mattaug

At 6’5, 275 pounds and often flashing a gap-tooth grin former New York Giants star Michael Strahan is hard to miss. He’ll be even more difficult to miss soon when he takes over as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s Live. […]

Upset Over Nicki Minaj’s Cancelled Tour?

posted by mattaug

After seeing her perform on Wednesday’s Today Show I am not heartbroken over Nicki Minaj’s cancelled tour. I am sorry, but I’m not. As if it’s not bad enough that most female performers are scantily clad/too sexily dressed therse days. […]

Vice President Dick Cheney Was No Joke

posted by mattaug

He was mocked, disrespected and even accused of being the “real” president. But let me tell you something … Vice President Dick Cheney was NEVER a joke, nor did he treat his job like one. Cheney, led by his “boss” […]

Foxworthy Wears Bible Belt For Game Show

posted by mattaug

It almost makes TOO much sense, it’s strange someone hasn’t thought of it before. On August 23, Game Show Network rolls out “The American Bible Challenge,” a gameshow testing biblical knowledge, hosted by the tasteful but funny comedian Jeff Foxworthy. […]

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 […]

American Athletes Inspired At Olympics

posted by mattaug

I forgot where I first saw the  question, but it has certainly stuck with me: Does it really matter what nation wins the most medals at the Olympics? Ummm…I’ll take that one … YES! Of course I am an American […]

500 Comments For Changing Channels Blog!

posted by mattaug

Ruth, Mantle … and Aug! OK, that’s a bit much but Changing Channels did hit the big 5-0-0 this past week! As in 500 comments drawn from the nearly 300 posts I have  penned since Beliefnet gave me the opportunity […]

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 […]

Romney Wants Win ‘Any Which Way He Can’

posted by mattaug

Clint Eastwood is looking for hope and change when it comes to the 2012 presidential race. He apparently hopes Mitt Romney can change the course of a still-struggling economy that posted decent jobs growth this past month but is still […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bye George Jefferson … We’ll Miss You!

posted by mattaug

As my anti-Archie Bunker, I learned alot from watching Sherman Hemsley play George Jefferson on The Jeffersons. Jefferson, as Archie used to call him, MORE than held his own when dealing with the racist Bunker. Although a bit anti-white himself, […]

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 […]

Golf Is Better When Tiger Woods Is Good

posted by mattaug

OK, so Tiger Woods crumbled with a final-round 75 Sunday at the British  Open. One of golf’s all-time greats still had a strong four-day run to finish tied for third and his game is still solid overall. Although Tiger had […]

Carrie Underwood, Cheryl Burke Think NHL Players Are The Coolest Athletes Around

posted by mattaug

They are arguably the nicest and most accessible of the professional sports stars. But are NHL players also the coolest of the four major sports? Some of the world’s most beautiful women certainly think so, including pop music sensation Carrie […]

How is ‘Boogie’ back in Big Brother house?

posted by mattaug

He has two arrests and a no contest on his “checkered” resume. He had a too-well reported on “ahem” operation to have something removed off a body part I will not mention. Mike “Boogie” Malin should not be anywhere NEAR […]

Goodbye Andy Griffith … America’s Sherriff

posted by mattaug

From coast to coast and all points in between Andy Griffith was indeed America’s sherriff. Using measures of love, compassion and humor with those around him Griffith made Mayberry, Nc come to life. It’s cool for me to see the […]

Ann Couldn’t Curry Favor Among Viewers

posted by mattaug

Rumors that Ann Curry is on the way out as co-anchor of the Today show bring this response from me: “What took you so long?” Perhaps my response should be “Why was she put in that position to begin with?” […]

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 […]

When On Rome … Expect Jim To Be Jim

posted by mattaug

When you go on Jim Rome’s radio or television sports talk shows you should EXPECT there to be an uncomfortable moment or two. While Rome is an OK interviewer and solid enough host, the specter of Jim Everett has ALWAYS […]

Wishing You Well, Robin Roberts!

posted by mattaug

The morning “news” programs may be more fluff than anything else, but it’s still difficult not to like GMA‘s Robin Roberts. The former ESPN star is smart, well-spoken and not rude or crude as a host and has discussed being […]

‘Schticky’ To The Script … Please!

posted by mattaug

Whether or not you want to admit it, everyone knows ad host ‘Vince’ of Slap Chop, Shamwow  and now Schticky fame or infamy. I say the latter because “his” ads for the latter have finally been  sanitized after months of […]

We Loved You Richard Dawson!

posted by mattaug

My mother loved him on Family Feud and Match Game. I loved him on Hogan’s Heroes. Such was the versatility of Richard Dawson, 79, who died over the weekend due to complications related to esophageal cancer. All that kissing he […]

Ex-Pitcher Jim Abbott: Perfectly ‘Imperfect’

posted by mattaug

“Find something you love to do in this world and don’t let anyone ever change your opinion that you can do it.” Former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott said the above during a recent CBS Sunday Morning profile. Abbott […]

Barbara Corcoran: One Winning Woman

posted by mattaug

Gentle and smooth enough to show off homes on NBC’s Today Show, but tough and grizzled  enough to mix it up with business superstars on ABC’s Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran is one winning woman. I had to blog about her […]

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 […]

Goodbye Goober, You Were ‘Pyle’ Of Laughs

posted by mattaug

The passing of George Lindsey over the weekend made for sad news. The actor, who passed at 83 after a short illness, portrayed “Goober” Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. Lindsey wasn’t a spectacular actor, mind you, […]

Super Sad About Junior Seau’s Suicide

posted by mattaug

There’s just too much death and sadness in the news lately. It wasn’t any better Wednesday with reports of the suicide, via a single bullet to the chest, of ex-legendary NFL linebacker Junior Seau. I always regretted missing the opportunity […]

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 […]

Hey FOX News … Where You Hiding Stossel?

posted by mattaug

FOX News has obviously done several things right in becoming the top cable news network. Its one-hour shows with Sean Hannity, Billy O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and others are at the top of the list in explaining FOX News’ success. […]

Bella, Santorums Inspired In Political Run

posted by mattaug

It was a bit sad to see Rick Santorum step aside as a Republican presidential candidate Tuesday afternoon. While not a perfect candidate, none of them are, Santorum put up a heckuva fight for the nomination even as Mitt Romney […]

Just Say Yes To 10 Years Of YES Network

posted by mattaug

It’s not easy starting a television network, just ask Oprah Winfrey. The queen of the daytime talk show has found it MUCH more difficult to run her own, that is OWN. That’s what makes the success of the YES Network […]

Women Taking Over Television … Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

posted by mattaug

Sarah Palin, Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric and even Oprah Winfrey. What a week it has been for women on television! And it’s only Tuesday for crying out loud … Palin visited the Today show in what had to be a […]

Keith Olbermann Can’t Even Keep ‘Current’

posted by mattaug

Keith Olbermann must have one HECK of an agent. Despite being pretty much a one-trick pony, playing the not-too-rare angry liberal, Olbermann has been on more TV channels than Oprah Winfrey. In fact, OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s flagging network, might be […]

Charlie Sheen Tries To Tame ‘Tiger’s Blood’

posted by mattaug

A humbled, even sheepish Charlie Sheen visited NBC’s Today Show Thursday morning. The ex-Two and a Half Men actor who spoke of ‘winning’ and having ‘tiger blood’ pumping through his veins just a year ago is putting his life back […]

Djokovic Has Fun, Fun, Fun As Tennis’ No. 1

posted by mattaug

I respect the heck out of the great Roger Federer. I appreciate the toughness and passion behind Rafael Nadal, especially his heartfelt remarks about 9/11 over the years. Why haven’t I yet warmed up to the new No.1 tennis player […]

‘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 […]

Shame On ABC For GCB

posted by mattaug

We keep pushing the envelope on taste and what’s acceptable in this country so far that even the bloated postal service couldn’t handle it. That may have not been the most clever sentence I have ever written, but it seems […]

Goodbye Andrew Breitbart, Davy Jones

posted by mattaug

This has been a tough week, as we lost almost polar opposites Andrew Breitbart and Davy Jones. Breitbart, the conservative pundit, had to be respected for the tenacious approach to his work. He wasn’t loved in all  quarters, no conservative […]

‘Bridesmaids’ … Women Behaving Badly

posted by mattaug

No, I didn’t see the movie Bridesmaids and something tells me I didn’t have to see it in order to know what it was about: Women behaving badly … or as badly as their male counterparts in so many movies, […]

Kudos To Classy Kemp Over Braun Matter

posted by mattaug

I can admit when I am wrong about something, and it’s possible I was over the matter of New Jersey flying its flags at half staff following the death of Whitney Houston. As so many people pointed out, the honor […]

Whitney Houston Deserved Flags Honor

posted by mattaug

Let’s be honest here, OK? New Jersey deciding to fly its flags at half-staff for the death of Whitney Houston was a nice honor. The woman was a music superstar and it’s important some people take pride in her and […]

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 […]

Nicer Guys Won Super Bowl

posted by mattaug

For the sake of full disclosure I am a RABID New York Giants fan. That said, wasn’t it easier to root for the more down-to-earth Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning than the surly Bill Belichick and the success-has-come-too-easily Tom Brady? […]

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 […]

Madonna? Puhleez! How About A Christian Rocker Like Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant?

posted by mattaug

There are reasons why I call Sunday’s game the “Stupor Bowl”. I enjoy the NFL and LOVE the New York Giants, but some things that go with the game are pretty ridiculous … like the choice of music acts for […]

Great’n Peyton Manning

posted by mattaug

I am a New York Giants fan … first and foremost. But while I appreciate Eli Manning’s development as a quarterback and person, I can’t say enough good things about his older brother, Peyton, the perhaps soon-to-be ex Indianapolis Colts […]

CBS= Can’t Be Same In Morning

posted by mattaug

You have to give CBS credit for trying … over and over … to rework their morning news show. Their latest incarnation, or reincarnation, called the CBS Morning Show obviously took a lot of work to create and millions of […]

Big Day For ‘Today’ Show, So Why Am I Sad?

posted by mattaug

First for the good: congratulations are in order for NBC’s Today Show in reaching it’s 60th year on air. Heck, getting to 60 days on air now is a good accomplishment and one we’ll see if the new CBS Morning […]

Still Tebowing … After All These Games

posted by mattaug

Tim Tebow has had plenty of ups and downs this season with wins and losses, good passes and poor passes, fans and critics alike. Talk about steady and unflappable though … his great attitude keeps Tebow moving forward … quite […]

Another “Eclectic” Group On The Apprentice

posted by mattaug

The next season of The Apprentice hasn’t even started and the sparks are already flying on Donald Trump’s hit NBC reality show. One of the contestants, Dee Snider, complained to “The Donald” about members of the other team. “Listen, Mr. […]

Keep On Rockin’ Dick Clark!

posted by mattaug

I’ll admit it, I’ve 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 have been a little […]

Colton Burpo: One Inspiring, ‘Heavenly’ Kid

posted by mattaug

I am more than a day late and probably a dollar short on this post, but I still have to write about one SUPER inspiring kid: Colton Burpo. The kid author of Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding […]

‘Weight’ A Sec, Barkley A Role Model?

posted by mattaug

Talk about doing the right thing for the wrong reason? Years ago Charles Barkley, the ex-NBA great turned entertaining TNT basketball analyst flatly refused to be a role-model for youngsters. He even did commercials where he angrily stated: “I am […]

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 […]

Wal-Mart Back in Black … In Bad Way

posted by mattaug

Glad to see my last post on Best Buy’s ads knocking Santa struck a cord with hundreds of readers and several comments. I LOVE Best Buy and have purchased several products there over the years … and hopefully I’ll still […]

Riverhead Students Make Waves Tebowing

posted by mattaug

Leave it to those nutty kids at Riverhead High School on Long Island to cause a stir. Or create a ‘Wave’ as it were … as in the school’s mascot. But even Connor Carroll or Tyler Carroll, two of the […]

“But First … In Your Neck Of The Woods”

posted by mattaug

What happened during that hour? I’ll never know. I am referring to this morning from 7 am to 8 am when I couldn’t find my remote control and decided to do some writing instead … pity the poor readers of […]

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 […]

Tim Tebow… Nice Guy Finishing First

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Nice guys don’t HAVE to finish last. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is certainly proof of that. Somehow, some way he is 7-1 as the Broncos starter. This success comes despite the fact Tebow is not yet a great quarterback. […]

‘Break Up The Kardashians': Odom Trade Could Do Just That

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Perhaps David Stern is a fan of Keeping up with the Kardashians? The NBA commissioner probably isn’t a fan of reality shows, however, as the NBA IS its own reality show. The Kardashians probably breathed a sigh of relief when […]

Hey, Alec Baldwin … Grow The Heck Up!

posted by mattaug

Just saw a report that Alec Baldwin was tossed off a plane for refusing to stop playing a game on his cell phone. It’s just another instance of him refusing to play by the rules and behave himself. It’s gotten […]

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 […]

Watching Jackie Evancho Sing … Turns Me Into A Blubbering Fool

posted by mattaug

I knew, just KNEW it would happen but I left the TV on anyway. Jackie Evancho, the great young singer — the America’s Got Talent runner up (how on earth didn’t she win?) turned me into a blubbering fool Wednesday […]

Red Sox Should Hire Bobby Valentine

posted by mattaug

A short while back I wrote that Bobby Valentine should be ashamed for referring to “baseball gods”. I also pointed out that many other people say gods of this and gods of that and we should consider being more respectful […]

NBA Strike Over: Christmas Baskets For All

posted by mattaug

So the NBA labor strife between billionaire owners and millionaire players is over … Who cares? I do. In the past I would have said to heck with both sides and the NBA is perhaps my fourth favorite sport anyway. […]

Five Things About TV I Am Thankful For…

posted by mattaug

It seems like a good time to do an inspiring post about the best things about TV. No. 1 FOX News: The liberal left can whine all it wants about FOX News being slanted to the right, but I say […]

Will Charlie Rose, Gayle King Get Rise Out Of Morning Viewers?

posted by mattaug

It will be interesting to see how the new recently announced Charlie Rose-Gayle King tandem will perform on The Early Show on CBS when the duo debut Jan 9. I’ve always liked Rose, but he’s just SO relaxed … how […]

Curses! People Losing Control On TV

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What was it about the past week or so on television? About a week and a half ago political pundit Bob Beckel lost his cool and yelled out “That’s B.S.!” (the full word) on the FOX News show The Five. […]

A (Howard) Stern Rebuke For NBC

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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 […]

Penn State Should Drop College Football

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Having a college football program is a privilege, not a right. Some colleges, Penn State for one, should drop their college football programs IMMEDIATELY. And this is coming from someone, me, who loves sports and athletics … when they bring […]

JoePa Must Go … Now!

posted by mattaug

Too much has been said … and more importantly … done. Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who reportedly will resign AFTER the season in the wake of sex abuse charges against a former assistant coach, should leave NOW. The […]

Duggars Deliver … In More Ways Than One

posted by mattaug

I am going to be a hypocrite here in today’s feature, but just a little bit. I often rail on reality shows, for instance, but in reality not all of them are bad. The Duggars on TLC, for instance, are […]

Magic Johnson’s Assisted On, Off Court

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There are a few events I remember exactly where I was when I heard they happened. The plane crash that took the life of New York Yankees catching great Thurman Munson was one such event. Nov. 7, 1991, when Los […]

Uptight, Upset About What’s On TV

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An old family friend wrote in the other day “man, you are tight, lol”. He was referring to my recent feature on ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine in which I knocked the former Mets manager for using the expression “baseball gods”, […]

‘Where’s The Beef?’ Wendy’s, Of Course

posted by mattaug

I LOVE my trip to Wendy’s every couple of weeks because I enjoy their burgers and their salads. Yes … that’s right the salads. Wendy’s has some of the most creative ones around and I still say it’s good to […]

Don’t Keep Up With The Kardashians

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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 […]

Congrats DirecTV Viewers, You Win Again

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I am a U-Verse customer but I gotta’ admit, there’s something special about DirecTV. That’s especially true when it comes to sports … DirecTV’s got the most channels and the most in HD as well. And although it’s too rich […]

Be ‘Bristol’ Clear Bobby V: Only One God!

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I know Bobby Valentine’s voice drives some people crazy, and others didn’t like him when he was manager of the New York Mets. But I think the ESPN analyst is pretty good … and he did a fine job leading […]

Clutch Cards Capture Championship

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I’ll admit it … I was rooting for the Texas Rangers to win their first World Series title. The great stories of superstar Josh Hamilton and manager Ron Washington and a team that had still not won a title after […]

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 […]

Confused About NBC’s Rock Center

posted by mattaug

I am a big fan of TV news magazine shows like Dateline, 20-20 and I still watch parts of 60 Minutes after all these years. I am glad NBC is giving a go to another program of that ilk in […]

‘Lost’ Actors Are Found

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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 […]

N.Y. Jets’ Off The Hook With Media

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It’s funny, or not, that the team that took a season of Hard Knocks on HBO can’t even seem to take soft hits anymore. At least it would have been nice if the team had won its long-suffering fan base […]

Bryant Gumbel Goes Too Far … Again

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It finally may be time for Bryant Gumbel to go. The long-time broadcaster, at one time with NBC’s Today Show and most recently of HBO’s Real Sports, has made hateful and disturbing comments before but he may have hit a […]

When Will Lindsay Lohan Learn?

posted by mattaug

She was a super-cute kid actress who turned into a beautiful woman … unfortunately not on the inside. Lindsay Lohan was taken from an L.A. courtroom in handcuffs Wednesday and had bail set at $100,000 after  her probation was revoked […]

‘Downsized’ A Good Fit For TV

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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 […]

HDNet’s Rather Compelling At Times

posted by mattaug

Dan Rather comes with lots of baggage as far as myself and many others are concerned. The former CBS News anchor was so relentless in his pursuit to make George Bush and his son look bad, it actually made HIM […]

J.R. Martinez: Dancing With The Stars Hero

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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 […]

Herm’s A Strong Cain-didate

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OK, so Chris Christie and Sarah Palin will stay out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. There is still plenty to like about the candidates that ARE running, including former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Cain is […]

Al Roker Makes My (To)day

posted by mattaug

He may be a weatherman, but perhaps no one is better at improv comedy than NBC’s Al Roker. Just watch the way he talks to people on the plaza during the Today show. One of his best lines came the […]

Are You Ready …. To Be Censored?

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Let me make one thing perfectly clear … as President Nixon used to say: I was no big fan of Hank Williams over-the-top musical intro to Monday Night Football … it was obnoxious and over the top to me. To […]

Goodbye, Andy Rooney! Farewell, 60 Minutes?

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I couldn’t let the final night of Andy Rooney’s weekly commentary on 60 Minutes go without commenting. Rooney was enjoyable, even Jerry Seinfeld-like when doing segments on simple day-to-day matters. At his best, there was genius in his simplicity. When […]

Puck-er up? U-verse NHL Fans Can’t

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I don’t like to take shots at my TV provider … again … but I am forced to ….again. That’s because U-verse lost its deal to carry NHL Network Friday, just days before the puck is set to drop on […]

Jersey ‘Sure': Chris Christie Should Run

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I am comfortable enough in my manhood to admit this: I LOVE Chris Christie! A Newsmax report that he is reconsidering his  previous stand about not running for the presidency is GREAT news. The guy is a straight shooting, tax-cutting, […]

Nice To See ‘G’, ‘PG’ Movies

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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 […]

Don’t Feel Sorry For Charlie Sheen

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He’s finally behaving with a little bit of class, grace and dignity. Credit Charlie Sheen for treating replacement Ashton Kutcher well when the pair ran into each other at Sunday’s Emmys. Sheen also had good things to say/tweet about the […]

Want News? Just ‘Scroll’ With It…

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

State Farm, Spike Lee Collaborate On Great 9-11 Ad

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Director Spike Lee and State Farm deserve tons of credit for teaming up on this tremendous goodwill ad for 9/11. Firefighters (and police for that matter) deserve our love, admiration and respect and this spot hits all the right notes […]

Thoughts On 9-11…

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It was and is nice to see all the TV programming remembering 9-11-01 and the tragic events of that day. It proves many of us have NOT forgotten that day and how awesome it is to be an American. Here […]

Obama’s Jobs Speech Performance: Angry Or Effective?

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It’s never too late for a jobs bill, even three years into Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama himself tried to make that point, over and over, 17 times in fact, during his speech before Congress and the American people Thursday night. […]

Miley Cyrus or Miley Siren?

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Talk about having her cake and eating it too. Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus seems ashamed of the squeaky-clean image she spawned and cashed in on as star of that show. It’s a shame, and it’s a part of the […]

Nats’ Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Is Future Of MLB

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It’s a lot to put on a young man, but Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is THE  future of Major League Baseball. The 23-year-old also owns part of its present, as well, judging by Tuesday night’s outing, shown at least […]

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton … Angry, But Dull

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It’s almost funny on those rare occasions I watch MSNBC seeing the hosts rip into Republicans and the Republican party. Ummm folks one small problem … it’s Democrats that control both the Senate and the White House. The channel’s latest […]

Alyssa Milano Has Baby … I Am Officially Old

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I have been able to brush the age thing aside for a long time, but I officially became OLD Wednesday. That’s the same day Alyssa Milano gave birth to Milo Thomas Bugliari, a seven pound, 19 inch-long baby boy. After […]

‘Big Brother’ Reality Check

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

‘Big Brother’ Death Threats Ridiculous

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

NBC … Nothin’ But (Dick) Cheney?

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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 […]

Marco Rubio Literally Gives Nation A Lift

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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’

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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?

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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 […]

Sarah Silverman Hates God, Gets NBC Series

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry So Very Telegenic

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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 […]

Not A Shocker: TBS Drops George Lopez Tonight

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 […]

FOX News’ The Five Lacks ‘Ooompf’

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

America Ingenuity: Sonic Ad “Tribute” To Peek

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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 […]

Morning Shows Don’t Stop Believin’ In Journey

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

The Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab Fits Bill

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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 […]

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

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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

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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. […]

Jane Lynch Shows Glee After Show Loses Three

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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 […]

Top Five Morning Shows: ‘Today’ Still Rules

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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

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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

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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 […]

Thanks A Bunch For Gilligan’s Island, Sherwood Schwartz

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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

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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 […]

The 700 Club Still Has It … After All These Years

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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?

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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 […]

CNN Got What It Deserved With Ousted Spitzer

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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

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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?

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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 […]

The Verdict Is In: No Justice For Caylee Anthony

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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 […]

No Lover of Newsweek’s Princess Diana Cover

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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 […]

Sorry, Charlie Sheen … but take them with you

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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 […]

Forget ‘Flake’, Bachmann Better Prepare For Blizzard

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Chris Wallace appeared to ask Republican candidate for president Michelle Bachmann an unfair question Sunday on his FOX News program. “Are you a flake?” Wallace asked the Iowa-born, Minnesota politically bred Bachmann. Despite being off slightly on some answers to […]

“No Good Deed …” UK Paper Rips Foodie Jamie Oliver

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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. […]

Random Clicks, Including Peter Falk’s Passing

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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 […]

Nats Manager Riggleman Quits, MLB Network Covers Bases

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In one of the oddest recent happenings in sports, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned Monday. People quitting or getting fired happens all the time, but this case was particularly strange in that the Nationals had won 11 of 12 […]

Tracy Morgan “Rocked” By Own Comments About Gays

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Tracy Morgan is a very talented comedian and actor who addresses topics head-on with a joke. His recent diatribe about gays and what he would do to his own son if he found out he was homosexual was WAY over […]

Tiger who? Golf still compelling without Woods

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Love him or hate him, Tiger Woods was great for several years on the golf course. The Michael Jordan of his sport, though perhaps Mike Tyson may be a better comparison eventually for a career that flamed out too fast. […]

Credit Kutcher’s Courage In Speaking Up For Sarah Palin

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There is enough dislike for Sarah Palin on either side of the political spectrum that she will probably never be president. The attacks on the former Alaska governor and FOX News contributor are truly beyond the pale, however. They should […]

Jim Dandy: He Can ‘Carrey’ Rare PG Flick

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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 […]

Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Becoming Class Act

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The thing to take away from the Dallas Mavericks topping the Miami Heat for the NBA Sunday night? The best team and the best man, Mavs owner Mark Cuban, won. Cuban has undergone a remarkable transformation of late and reaped […]

Abe Vigoda … The Ultimate Good Sport

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Talk about aging gracefully and with a sense of humor. No one epitomizes that better than the legendary movie and TV actor Abe Vigoda. Vigoda is famous for his role as Sal Tessio in The Godfather, but also starred on […]

LeBron becoming another Karl Malone … not a compliment

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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 […]

Katie only greaty in morning; Couric should be on ‘GMA’

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I am not a television executive … nor do I play one on TV. OK, that almost joke aside, am I the only television “analyst” to see that the best fit for Katie Couric isn’t as a talk show host/part-time […]

Worthwhile Segments On Kathie Lee, Hoda

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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 […]

CNN … Coverage Not Neutral

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I used to look forward to watching CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday mornings. I was hoping, against hope apparently, the show would be a fair look at how the media covers the government and politics. Would the show find that […]

Oprah Often Missed Mark On Show, In Finale

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First for the good part. Oprah has done alot of good things through the years by building schools in Africa, bringing awareness to many worthy causes and changing the lives of ordinary folks through her giveaways. Oprah’s finale Wednesday lacked […]

Congrats, Scotty … But Time To End American Idol-izing

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“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 […]

Scotty McCreery Garners Plenty Of ‘Idol’ Attention

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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 […]

“Primetime: What Would You Do?” … I Would Watch

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One of the better shows on TV is ABC’s “Primetime: What Would You Do?” The John Quinones-hosted program, which airs Friday nights, often puts people in uncomfortable positions to see how they would react … do they do what’s right, […]

“It’s Not A Weekend Without CBS Sunday Morning”

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Welcome to my blog on beliefnet.com. I am pleased and proud to be able to share my wide-ranging thoughts on the most important media in the world: television. I’ll start by sharing how one television show was a part of […]

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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

posted 5:04:10pm Dec. 12, 2012 | read full post »

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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