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This TV Critic Hopes Twitter Is Here To Stay!

posted by mattaug

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 anything […]

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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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Daymond John Is One Cool ‘Shark’

posted by mattaug

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 qualities it is making TV harder […]

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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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

‘Simpsons’, ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’ … All Trash From Same Garbage Can?

posted by mattaug

Clever writing and sarcastic, cutting humor. Those are two qualities that bind the FOX animated comedy hits ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’. Another is their willingness to mock God and faith, and that’s what makes the shows utterly […]

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 […]

Thoughts & Prayers For President, His Family

posted by mattaug

Apologies to those of you who don’t visit the Beliefnet site for politics, as I am going to wade into the subject again. This time to offer my thoughts and prayers for President Obama and his family. Although the president […]

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 […]

My View: No Joy In Watching Behar

posted by mattaug

She is often rude, crude and classless. Really, there is very little joy when it comes to Joy Behar. One of the personalities on ‘The View’ Behar is one of those mean and angry liberals who makes you mad at […]

This Is An ‘Exclusive’ Blog Post!

posted by mattaug

Did I get you to read this sentence because of the above headline? If so, good, because that was PRECISELY my intent. Although it’s true, in that this blog/feature IS an exclusive to Beliefnet.com, it’s also kind of stretching the […]

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 […]

‘A Football Life’ Is Well Worth Watching

posted by mattaug

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, […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

John Hancock? More Like John Han-crock

posted by mattaug

I wasn’t going to write a  feature/post over the weekend until I saw, again, a TV ad for John Hancock financial services. The ad features four distinctly different “couples” discussing their investment options in this volatile market. “Let me guess,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are Sports Dead, Or Just Dying?

posted by mattaug

I know, I know the headline above seems dramatic, or maybe overly-dramatic. But the thing is, when you look at sports today they just MAY be dying a slow death or perhaps worse. Start with major league baseball, as several […]

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. […]

Curses! When Is Enough … Enough?

posted by mattaug

OK, I’ll admit it … occasionally when I get angry or frustrated I use a curse word or two. I am not proud of that and I always feel disappointed and worse about it when I do. It’s not classy […]

Phyllis Diller Was Doozy Of Comedienne

posted by mattaug

Phyllis Diller, who never had any trouble cracking wise about herself while making us laugh in the process, died Monday at her Brentwood home outside Los Angeles. She was 95. Diller wasn’t a classic beauty, but she was a pretty […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bob Costas Still Has It As Sports Interviewer

posted by mattaug

NBC was wise to take over Versus and turn it into the NBC Sports Network. Just as it made a smart decision to give sportscaster Bob Costas a sports-talk show. The Long Island native known more for putting down his […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Drew Carey Just Right For ‘Price’

posted by mattaug

There’s NO WAY Howie Mandel could do it! Drew Carey’s job as host of daytime game-show The Price Is Right, that is. Carey shakes hands, often, gets squeezed … HARD! and seems to love every second of it. The former […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Dr. Pepper Should Be Proud Of Latest Ad

posted by mattaug

So what if it’s just syrup and carbonated water … if soda can find a way to be inspirational that’s great. We seem to need inspiration SO badly in this day and age. The latest Dr. Pepper ad, the one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yanks’ Teixeira: Good Guy With Great Home

posted by mattaug

To say Mark Teixeira has been a solid contributor with the New York Yankees would be an understatement. The first baseman, entering his fourth season in the Bronx after signing  as a free agent, has belted over 30 homers and […]

‘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 […]

‘Rob’ Is Good Comedy Fare

posted by mattaug

Comedies with real laughs that are mostly inoffensive don’t come around often these days. ‘Rob’ is one such television program. The CBS comedy, starring ex-SNL’er Rob Schneider, is a crisply written, well-acted program that makes you laugh in pretty much […]

Girl Named Sue Is ‘Heck’ Of A Person

posted by mattaug

“Thank God for Sue”, says the mom (Patricia Heaton) of teenage “goody-goody”–in a good way–Sue Heck at the end of last week’s terrific episode of The Middle. Indeed, I say the same thing after a rough week of women on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thank God For ‘Kid’

posted by mattaug

It doesn’t have to be ‘cool’ to be a Christian. It doesn’t have to be ‘fun’ to be a Christian. Gary Cartersure made it seem that way, though. The former MLB catching great was a joy to watch on the […]

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 […]

Just Lin Baby! … Jeremy’s A New Yorker In Knick Of Time

posted by mattaug

I love sports, but it’s rare I’ll watch an NBA game from start to finish. I made an exception the other day, however, and caught the entire Knicks-Lakers game on ESPN. As Magic Johnson himself said, Jeremy Lin is the […]

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 […]

Thin-Skinned Jets Should Welcome ‘Broadway Joe’ Back

posted by mattaug

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, […]

To Be Direct, DirecTV’s The Best

posted by mattaug

With over 35 moves in my life, I’ve had most of the cable or satellite TV offerings that are available and one thing still holds true: DirecTV is still the best overall product. Let me clear, I don’t currently have […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 ‘Bosom Buddies’? … Un-Work It, ABC

posted by mattaug

I just got done complimenting ABC a few posts ago for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing series. It was smart bringing back a known commodity like the likable Allen, former star of the long-running clean and positive hit Home Improvement. […]

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. […]

Prime Time Improvement With Tim Allen

posted by mattaug

It’s tough not to like Tim Allen after all he’s been through. The great comedian and TV star once hit rock bottom, after all, with a drug trafficking charge that sent him to prison for over two years. He was […]

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 […]

Ho, Ho Humbled … Best Buy Slams Santa

posted by mattaug

Let me make one thing perfectly clear … as the late, great President Nixon used to say… I have NEVER been a big fan of Santa Claus. I think he’s part of the commercial distraction that takes away from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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

posted by mattaug

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. […]

Give Jim Caviezel Tickets … To Any Game

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Sean Avery: Good Or Bad For Rangers, NHL?

posted by mattaug

I like Sean Avery’s style of play and I root for him to succeed. Of course that’s mostly because he plays for my favorite NHL team: the New York Rangers. But I “grapple with”, pardon the expression, his behavior both […]

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

posted by mattaug

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. […]

Hate To Snicker, But Is Candy Ad Funny?

posted by mattaug

I’ve been meaning to write about this one for some time, but wasn’t quite sure how to address it. Is the ad for Snickers, the one where two sharks “discuss” the difference of how people tasted, and decide the person […]

Remember Davey and Goliath?

posted by mattaug

Remember Davey and Goliath? Now that, my friends, WAS a cartoon! Ok..credit for this post goes to a high school alumnae of mine, JoAnne, who mentioned Davy and Goliath and The Little Rascals were two shows she just couldn’t shut […]

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 […]

I Don’t Get Dan Patrick …

posted by mattaug

“You know Matt, you’re in danger of becoming a parody of yourself,” said a relative once, in trying to hurt my feelings. I kind of know what he means, and I still do it. I press hard, sometimes too hard, […]

Penn State Should Drop College Football

posted by mattaug

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 […]

“Oh, Deer” Get Gary A Reality Show!

posted by mattaug

Some of you who wrote in about my “uptight about TV” feature the other day may be right: Who needs TV? I may not need reality shows any more thanks to my neighbor, Gary. I think I will just put […]

Magic Johnson’s Assisted On, Off Court

posted by mattaug

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 […]

I Miss ‘The Jetsons’…What ‘Toons Do You Watch?

posted by mattaug

One of my favorite cartoons growing up was The Jetsons. I enjoyed the earnestness of George, the consistency of Jane, his wife, daughter Judy, his boy Elroy … the theme song, that goes like that, is playing in my head. […]

Uptight, Upset About What’s On TV

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Ex-NBA coach Phil Jackson In Car Ad Action

posted by mattaug

Former NBA coach Phil Jackson is pretty good in an ad he is currently starring in for Audi. “Jax”, who led the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls to championships, tells a restaurant boss yelling at an underling that “I […]

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 […]

Congrats DirecTV Viewers, You Win Again

posted by mattaug

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!

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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

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 […]

N.Y. Jets’ Off The Hook With Media

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Car Dealerships ‘Auto’ Know Ads Better

posted by mattaug

Bru-tal, or as I would say in my classic rock days … Jethro Bru-tull. That’s the best way to describe “local” auto dealership ads across the country. Having lived in New York, California and North Carolina I have seen some […]

How Tweet It Is, To Hear From You Dicky V!

posted by mattaug

I thought it was pretty cool to get a tweet from ESPN’s Dick Vitale Saturday afternoon, not long after I blogged that I didn’t care too much for his and colleague Lee Corso’s self-promoting ways. To be specific, I just […]

Not Into Hype-Machines Vitale, Corso

posted by mattaug

I REALLY enjoy college football and basketball. I REALLY don’t care for some people who feel the need to hype the sports with their own shows of bravado or self-promotion, however. The two biggest offenders in the “look at me” […]

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 […]

Care To Comment? Many Do

posted by mattaug

One of the fun and/or challenging parts of writing a blog is getting comments about them. I am happy to report Changing Channels is up to 200 comments, which is more than the number of blog posts I have written. […]

Herm’s A Strong Cain-didate

posted by mattaug

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?

posted by mattaug

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?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

“Phil Fun-phy” Is Inspiring, Funny

posted by mattaug

I can’t and won’t watch the ABC comedy Modern Family‘ in its entirety. I have my reasons, but that is for another blog post perhaps. The snippets I have seen of one of the dad’s, Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) , […]

Puck-er up? U-verse NHL Fans Can’t

posted by mattaug

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 […]

‘The Middle’ Muddled Through Season-Premiere

posted by mattaug

I liked The Middle VERY MUCH last season. I guess that in itself proved to be some kind of death knell for the show, which suffered through a WAY too long hour-long season premiere last Wednesday. More accurately, I suffered […]

Hello, Larry Krueger … Welcome Back!

posted by mattaug

Who the heck is Larry Krueger, some of you are probably wondering? Actually, some of you who know me know Larry and others of you who know sports do too.   OK, to clear that up … Larry Krueger is […]

Jersey ‘Sure': Chris Christie Should Run

posted by mattaug

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

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 […]

Will Red Sox Crumble? Let’s Watch …

posted by mattaug

With their outstanding lineup, great starting pitching staff which they fortified and a terrific closer there is NO way the Boston Red Sox should be imploding the way they are. But imploding, with just five wins in their last 20 […]

Don’t Feel Sorry For Charlie Sheen

posted by mattaug

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 […]

NFL Red Zone Channel Well Worth Price

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For about $5 per month you can add NFL Red Zone to your cable/satellite package, and for football fans it is WELL worth the price. Ably hosted by Scott Hanson, the channel takes viewers to the best action around the […]

Man, Woman, (Fairly) Wild

posted by mattaug

I watched two episodes of Man, Woman, Wild over the weekend and found it to be fairly wild. It takes some time to suspend your belief or disbelief that a couple, including a former Special Forces survival expert and ex-TV […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by mattaug

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…

posted by mattaug

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 […]

What Happened To ‘Inside The NFL’?

posted by mattaug

With the NFL season getting underway it may be interesting to think about what happened to the once-great program Inside The NFL. Oh, the weekly highlights and analysis show is still on, airing on Showtime after moving from its home […]

Obama’s Jobs Speech Performance: Angry Or Effective?

posted by mattaug

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. […]

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 […]

Miley Cyrus or Miley Siren?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

‘America’s Got Talent’ Dance Troupe Inspires

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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 […]

Nats’ Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Is Future Of MLB

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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 […]

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton … Angry, But Dull

posted by mattaug

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 […]

‘Tooth’ Be Told, Did Bayer Touch Up Ad?

posted by mattaug

It would be better if I noticed more important things. And perhaps I shouldn’t even blog about this … but here goes. Bayer recently began airing an ad for a new extra strength formula product supposed to provide relief within […]

Extreme Couponing? Makes ‘Cents’ To Me

posted by mattaug

Russ Mitchell was on to something big, and small, when the anchor ended the CBS Evening News with a segment on “extreme couponing” Saturday night. Due to the rough economy, using coupons has become en vogue again as people look […]

Seeing ‘Starz’ … In A Good Way

posted by mattaug

I was ticked when AT&T U-Verse recently removed ESPN3D from its programming block. Oh … I was ticked and still am, in fact. That channel was the main reason I spent a few hundred more bucks to get a 3DTV, […]

NFL Commercials Sappy, But They Work

posted by mattaug

The NFL got its labor situation settled just in time. Not just for the season, but with plenty of time to air ads intended to create or reestablish goodwill with its fans. You have probably seen the ads already, where […]

Alyssa Milano Has Baby … I Am Officially Old

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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

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

posted by mattaug

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

‘Big Brother’ Death Threats Ridiculous

posted by mattaug

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

Out-FOX-ed? Soak’s On You Geraldo

posted by mattaug

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

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