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Emilio Estevez: The Anti-Charlie Sheen

posted by mattaug

The more I have heard from Charlie Sheen over the last year, the more I like his brother Emilio Estevez. It’s not nice and certainly not Christian to make fun of Charlie Sheen’s well-documented troubles so I won’t. Instead, it’s […]

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Is Stormchasing Just Plain Twisted?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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Warning! Christian TV programming ahead

posted by mattaug

ABC Family deserves credit for airing 700 Club. Let’s start with that point. However, there is a “warning” that airs before and after the program that the show “doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of ABC Family”. I know … gosh […]

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NBC … Nothin’ But (Dick) Cheney?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Nick Cannon’s Talent Could Burst Onto Many Shows

posted by mattaug

I have blogged before about what a terrific job Nick Cannon has done as host of America’s Got Talent. Cannon boasts a great sense of  comedic timing, along with solid interviewing skills and he doesn’t seem to have a mean […]

Chevy Ad Drives Me Crazy … In A Good Way

posted by mattaug

I’m taking this blog post off … count your blessings … to bring you this VERY FUNNY ad! It’s so well done, it speaks for itself. ………………………………………………………… for a look at the sports of the day please check out: http://www.heapsgoodstuff.com/

Marco Rubio Literally Gives Nation A Lift

posted by mattaug

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’

posted by mattaug

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?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

‘Same Name’ On CBS Shows Heart

posted by mattaug

There are still SOME inspiring shows on television, and CBS’ Same Name is one of them. The premise of the show is that celebrities like Mike Tyson, David Hasselhoff and Kathy Griffin change places with “unfamous” people who happen to […]

Was ‘King’ Whopper Of Mistake For BK?

posted by mattaug

Goodbye ‘King’ … we hardly knew ye. Burger King will reportedly drop use of the statuesque ‘King’, which I did not think was such a great advertising face to begin with. Some people think he looked a little creepy and […]

Sarah Silverman Hates God, Gets NBC Series

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Kate Gosselin Helps Blog Hit 100 Comments

posted by mattaug

One of the more fun things about doing a blog is getting feedback from readers. If you don’t get feedback, after all, you wonder why bother writing ‘em? Kate Gosselin is responsible for pushing my comments well over 100 since […]

It’s Always Showtime For S.F. Giants

posted by mattaug

“He’d instantly become our greatest player,” San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson said of Carlos Beltran right before the team acquired the outfielder from the New York Mets. Wilson was reaching, perhaps hoping Beltran would provide an offensive spark […]

New York’s Yappin’ Quarterbacks

posted by mattaug

There is one quality New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his New York Jets counterpart Mark Sanchez have not shared in their early careers. Neither is obnoxious. Up to a few days ago anyway. Manning, however, compared himself to […]

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

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Yankees’ Robertson Winner On, Off Field

posted by mattaug

Everyone knows about all the world series titles won by the New York Yankees. It makes them the most hated and/or loved team in perhaps all of sports. You HAVE to respect several of the team’s players for their class […]

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry So Very Telegenic

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Changing Channels Hits Century Mark … In Posts

posted by mattaug

“I call ‘em like I see ‘em”. The refrain of the baseball umpire is similar to how I go about my business here for the Changing Channels TV blog. And I have done so 100 times already for Beliefnet since […]

Jerry Springer’s ‘Baggage’ More Like Garbage

posted by mattaug

Silly me. I thought Game Show Network was supposed to be a bunch of old ‘classic’ game shows with a few new ones sprinkled in. I turned it on the other night by accident, looking for Nick at Nite, and […]

Not A Shocker: TBS Drops George Lopez Tonight

posted by mattaug

He’s basically a nice guy and he can be pretty funny, but George Lopez couldn’t carry a late night show. There’s no shame in that, as even bigger names have failed in the venture including Chevy Chase, Magic Johnson and […]

Stop Jerry-Mandering: Lewis Deserves MDA Farewell

posted by mattaug

Yes, his appearances have become corny, cheesy and painful to watch but Jerry Lewis is the face of MDA. Let him say goodbye for cryin’ out loud! The organization recently announced it was parting ways with Lewis after 45 years. […]

Is Tina Brown’s Newsweek Attacking Michelle Bachmann?

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Leave ‘Come To Jesus Moments’ To Jesus

posted by mattaug

People have a clever relatively new expression they are throwing around these days. They call it a “come to Jesus moment”. They think it’s clever, but when you think about it, it’s very disrespectful to what Christ does. Christians believe […]

Offering A Little Punch To Late Night Wars

posted by mattaug

I don’t stay up late to watch the late night talk shows. Only rarely do I even tape them to watch them in the morning. But I am here for you guys, though, the people who are even more fanatical […]

Larry The Cable Guy Still “Gits-R-Done”

posted by mattaug

I have to admit I missed or avoided most of the Larry the Cable Guy phenomenon of recent years, except of course for his famous phrase: “Git-R-Done”. Larry deserves credit for being more than just a one-trick pony though, racking […]

Are You Ready For Some Football Over-analysis?

posted by mattaug

What would we do without the NFL? That question won’t have to be answered since the league and its players worked out an agreement to save the season. Not only did DirecTV breathe a huge sigh of relief, so did […]

FOX News’ The Five Lacks ‘Ooompf’

posted by mattaug

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 […]

‘Manny’ Happy Returns On Staples Ad

posted by mattaug

Staples office supply company made a shrewd move to include ‘Manny’ in its latest ads. No, not the surly ex-baseball slugger Manny Ramirez or the possibly overexposed boxing great Manny Pacquiao. Manny, the youngster much like an adult on Modern […]

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

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

No one does more corny puns than me. One group of people does, however: the advertising firms for American products. Sonic, a hamburger chain throughout the U.S. and a half-hour worthwhile drive for me, recently did a take-off on America’s […]

Mitch Pitches In Nicely On MLB Network

posted by mattaug

Mitch Williams performs similarly in his role as an analyst on the MLB Network as he did as a reliever in the big leagues. He just lets fly. The ex-MLB/Phillies closer is most famous for allowing Joe Carter’s bomb for […]

Are There Any Great TV Cartoons Anymore?

posted by mattaug

I admit I was going to write about how much better cartoons were when I was growing up, but then I realized something: I haven’t watched cartoons for years, save for a rare episode of Sponge Bob or Speed Racer […]

HBO’s Real Sports Still Keeps It Real

posted by mattaug

To say HBO’s Real Sports revived Bryant Gumbel’s career is like saying Rex Ryan likes cheeseburgers. Well done, not the cheeseburgers, the HBO program is as Gumbel deftly plays host to different sports-themed stories, some featurey and most thought-provoking. Without […]

Morning Shows Don’t Stop Believin’ In Journey

posted by mattaug

How can one group appear on two morning shows at once? Perhaps they are called “Journey” for a reason, as the rock group performed its classic Don’t Stop Believin’ on NBC’s Today Show Friday morning, then the song was performed […]

Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food Eats At Me

posted by mattaug

When Man Vs Food is on, I will travel to another channel, at least if its toward the end of the program. The Travel Channel show is informative and interesting when it comes to showing how food is prepared and […]

Superior Judge On America’s Got Talent? Piers Morgan

posted by mattaug

Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne are likeable in their roles as judges on America’s Got Talent, to be sure. But only Piers Morgan consistently takes his role seriously as a TRUE judge of talent. That was evident again Tuesday night […]

Palin Documentary The Undefeated Ready For TV

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Kimmel Or Fallon: Gimme’ Jimmy At Night

posted by mattaug

To me, David Letterman and Jay Leno have both gone stale in the battle for late night. On the rare occasions I have seen him, Conan O’Brien is still sharp and funny. The problem is, I really haven’t fully followed […]

Mixed Reviews For NBC’s The Marriage Ref

posted by mattaug

I was a terrible official/referee for youth flag football when I tried it once. I am having the same results trying to figure out whether or not I enjoy NBC’s The Marriage Ref, which airs Sunday night on the network […]

Several Comedies Just Not Funny Anymore

posted by mattaug

Several comedies just aren’t laugh worthy anymore. I’m not sure if the characters have just grown “old” or if the writers have run out of ideas but some programs seem finished. 30 Rock: How many seasons of Alec Baldwin can […]

Ratings To Treasure For A&E’s Storage Wars

posted by mattaug

Nuthin’ fancy. That may be the best way to describe the A&E reality program Storage Wars. The show follows two single men, a husband and wife team and a father and son pairing as they battle through auctions for unpaid […]

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

He ‘Ames’ To Please … Bachelorette Ashley Not Impressed

posted by mattaug

The Bachelorette is full of heartache and heartbreak. And those are just my feelings on the ABC series. Seriously, from the little I watched it appeared Ames, booted by Ashley in Monday night’s showdown of four remaining bachelors, was a […]

The Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab Fits Bill

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Smithsonian Channel Offers ‘Classy’ Television

posted by mattaug

Tired of mind-mushing reality shows, or over-acted dramas? Sometimes it’s nice to turn on a television channel where you can actually learn something and not feel a little grimy for watching. The Smithsonian Channel offers escapism programming in a good […]

Japan Champs Of Women’s World Cup; U.S. Still Winners

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Stiller The One: Costanza/Cantstandya … We Love Ya!

posted by mattaug

How is it that Jerry Stiller just keeps getting better with age? He was terrific as George Costanza’s father Frank in Seinfeld and arguably even better as Carrie’s dad Arthur in King of Queens. The father of superstar Ben Stiller, […]

Top Five Morning Shows: ‘Today’ Still Rules

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

Lea Michele, along with Glee classmates Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will “graduate” at the end of the coming season. “We always knew we’d graduate in real time. It’s all part of the plan and it’s all good!” Michele tweeted, […]

Amazing Race, Amazing Run: Two More Emmy Nominations

posted by mattaug

These days it can be hard to keep people’s attention for two minutes, no less two decades. That’s part of what makes the CBS series The Amazing Race so, well, amazing. The people behind the Emmy’s agree, giving the show […]

In Battle Of Cola Wars, Pepsi Ad Pops

posted by mattaug

Pepsi has taken more angles in trying to defeat Coca Cola than Ashton Kutcher with a camera in all those photo ads. Well, it took Santa Claus to do it but Pepsi finally “outcooled” Coke, at least for this summer. […]

Thanks A Bunch For Gilligan’s Island, Sherwood Schwartz

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

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

posted by mattaug

Last week I credited television for the fact some quality shows like Cosby and Home Improvement can be seen during the day in recent years. Some television programmers, like TNT, also should be slammed, however, for allowing shows like Charmed […]

‘Big Brother’ Houseguests Just Like You, Me … Unfortunately

posted by mattaug

Reality shows can be addictive, even if some are not particularly healthy to be watching. Take ‘Big Brother’, … please, as the old joke goes. It’s an interesting study of how strangers behave when confined together for days, weeks and […]

The 700 Club Still Has It … After All These Years

posted by mattaug

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?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Television Classics On ‘Round The Clock

posted by mattaug

One of the benefits to the glut of television programming available over the past two decades is how it pushed really good shows into daytime viewing. Or anytime viewing. Programs like Law & Order, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement and […]

Magnetic Screens Are Thing Of Summer Dreams

posted by mattaug

OK, I’ll admit it. I LOVE that commercial for magnetic screens where people and pets can push their way through without having to continually open and shut doors. (Oh, the things we have to endure in this nation!) The people […]

CNN Got What It Deserved With Ousted Spitzer

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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?

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Internet TV Can Be A Remarkable Value

posted by mattaug

Looking to cut down on your bills, but not sure where to start? Believe it or not, your cable or satellite tab, anywhere from $50-$100 per month — I feel your pain — can be wiped out, or reduced, with […]

The Verdict Is In: No Justice For Caylee Anthony

posted by mattaug

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 […]

A&E’s Hoarders Hard To Watch … In Good Way

posted by mattaug

There are many different things to get dangerously hooked on in life, and hoarding is certainly one of them, especially in America with its relative wealth. The A&E show Hoarders points out at the beginning of each program that 3 […]

American Airlines: Something Special ‘On’ The Air

posted by mattaug

Credit American Airlines for the company’s terrific TV commercials paying homage to our troops. In one spot an African American female soldier humbly takes a salute from a fellow passenger while boarding a plane. In another ad a white male […]

“Just For Men” Commercial Is Just For No One

posted by mattaug

I couldn’t help but notice which “Just For Men” commercial was selected to air during Saturday’s Mets-Yankees game on FOX Saturday afternoon baseball. The ad was fine, even kind of sweet and funny, with the two girls prodding their father […]

Talkin’ MLB? It’s Probably Because Of Interleague Play

posted by mattaug

Bud Selig can be tough to take. The Major League Baseball commissioner is so closely tied to the owners, as an ex-owner himself, it’s hard to believe he will do things in the best interest of the game and not […]

No Lover of Newsweek’s Princess Diana Cover

posted by mattaug

It’s creepy and it’s cooky and altogether ooky and if this is what it takes to sell magazines these days, then shut them all down. Newsweek editor in chief Tina Brown’s decision to put the likeness of an “aging” Princess […]

America’s (Not) Great Next Restaurant …

posted by mattaug

Perhaps it was the economy. Perhaps the backers, like the well  known Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone, didn’t back it enough. Or maybe three restaurant openings across the country at the same time were too much. Whatever the reason, America’s […]

Should Larry Crowne Have Been Made-For-TV Movie?

posted by mattaug

Cute. sweet and funny. Judging by the trailer and reviews for Larry Crowne, that appears to be the best way to describe the new movie release. Despite solid performances by Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, however, is that enough to […]

Sorry, Charlie Sheen … but take them with you

posted by mattaug

Word that CBS and/or Two and a Half Men writer Chuck Lorre plan to “kill off” Charlie Sheen’s character on the show has me thinking of other characters/personalities TV would be better off without. On its own network, CBS should […]

Forget ‘Flake’, Bachmann Better Prepare For Blizzard

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Borg-McEnroe Rivalry Revisited In Stellar HBO Documentary

posted by mattaug

Anything that can break through John McEnroe and show the heart of the man through all the complicated layers deserves credit. HBO Documentaries does just that with Fire and Ice, a film about McEnroe’s rivalry with Bjorn Borg during a […]

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

posted by mattaug

Is it possible the United Kingdom is even more jaded than the United States? After reading a review in the UK Metro of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which just wrapped up its season Friday on ABC, I would say yes. […]

Random Clicks, Including Peter Falk’s Passing

posted by mattaug

First off, I would like to take a sentence or two to thank everyone reading this blog for its major growth the last few days. Readership has turned from the teens into the hundreds per day, and I am humbled […]

David Letterman Treated Justin Bieber Poorly

posted by mattaug

After all he has been through, and put himself and his family through, David Letterman should be as kind and gracious as possible … as often as possible. But you can’t teach old CBS Late Show hosts new tricks I […]

Nats Manager Riggleman Quits, MLB Network Covers Bases

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Time To Stop ‘Gotcha’ Questions On Pageant Shows

posted by mattaug

Can they do the (Miss) World a favor? And the Miss Teen and Miss USA pageants a favor while they are at it? Once and for all stop with the ‘Gotcha’ questions, you know, the ones with gray area intended […]

Tracy Morgan “Rocked” By Own Comments About Gays

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Johnny Mac Attacks Good Guy Nadal

posted by mattaug

John McEnroe was an outstanding tennis player and he is a good television analyst for the sport. The same type of tantrums he had that hurt his legacy as a player are also affecting his work in the booth, however. […]

Tiger who? Golf still compelling without Woods

posted by mattaug

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. […]

Now For A Commercial Interruption …

posted by mattaug

When I first started blogging some months back I only wrote about commercials. Although I since expanded it to all things television, I still like to blog about commercials occasionally. To be creative, smart, informative and even entertaining in 30 […]

Credit Kutcher’s Courage In Speaking Up For Sarah Palin

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

Jim Carrey is one of the few people in the world that can make you laugh without doing much of anything. That was true Thursday on The Today Show when Carrey promoted his new film Mr. Poppers Penguins. He mugged […]

Nick Cannon’s Dancing Explodes On “America’s Got Talent”

posted by mattaug

Need a laugh or a little lift this summer? Then be sure to catch “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon on the NBC mid-week series. Cannon, husband of pop superstar Mariah Carey, adds comic relief and much-needed segues, usually with […]

You Say Goodbye? I Say Cee Loo To “The Voice”

posted by mattaug

Every summer it seems like the same lament: “There’s nothing to watch on TV!” Well…I beg to differ. Without the programs that are on I wouldn’t have: …nixed the name “Bentley” for my first born. If you watch “The Bachelor” […]

Kenny Albert didn’t fall far from Marv’s tree

posted by mattaug

It would be easy to be jealous of Kenny Albert if he weren’t so darn good and deserve the success he enjoys. Albert, the son of legendary sports broadcaster Marv Albert, has that unmistakeable “Albert” voice like his dad and […]

Abe Vigoda … The Ultimate Good Sport

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

I rooted for the Utah Jazz’ great power forward Karl Malone and his team in the late 19990’s, especially when they took on the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. I was a Knicks fan from New York and I […]

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

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Bachelor or Bachelorette: Where Is The Love?

posted by mattaug

Why do they even bother? All those dates, all those weeks of deciding who to keep, or who to bounce and The Bachelor and The Bachelorette still come down to one thing: The participants on either ABC show never find […]

Finals exam: Dwyane Wade, Heat Incomplete; Canucks Earning ‘A’

posted by mattaug

At some point a championship-caliber team has to dig deep and see what it is made of. Now is that time for Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. After crumbling late in game two, on its home court no less, […]

Parks & Rec’s Rob Lowe: not just a pretty boy

posted by mattaug

I am comfortable enough with myself on enough levels to write this: Rob Lowe is a handsome man. That gift from God aside, Lowe also happens to be a heckuva actor with film titles like The Outsiders, Wayne’s World, St. […]

How Could Howie Mandel Not Laugh … at Himself?

posted by mattaug

It should be rare that I blog about a show twice in three days, but I had to revisit America’s Got Talent after Tuesday’s season premiere. The NBC show didn’t disappoint, with uproariously humorous performances (like the talking bird) and […]

Worthwhile Segments On Kathie Lee, Hoda

posted by mattaug

OK, so Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are tough to watch at times, especially when they are talking all over each other. And is a fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show, even if it’s the most successful morning news/entertainment […]

“America’s Got Talent” … Inspiring TV

posted by mattaug

One of television’s most surprising success stories in recent years has been NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel judged show, hosted by Nick Cannon is one of the few programs that can make you […]

CNN … Coverage Not Neutral

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

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

posted by mattaug

“I want to thank the Lord, for he got me here,” said Scotty McCreery after winning this season’s American Idol. Good for him, giving props where they should go in the opinion of many … to the Lord. His fans […]

For-everwood … shows end, but actors go on … and on

posted by mattaug

One of my favorite things to do when thinking about a TV show is recalling where the actors came from previously. The all-too short-lived 90’s NBC series Freaks and Geeks, for instance “spawned” future movie star actors in James Franco, […]

Reality is John Rich, Scotty McCreery deserve wins

posted by mattaug

For all the moaning and groaning from some fans, Scotty McCreery, the Carolina country crooner, clearly deserves to win this edition of American Idol. If not the most talented singer of the “bunch”, McCreery has certainly been the most consistent […]

A Boss Is A Boss, Except “Undercover Boss”

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I have been accused over the years of being a suck up to the boss for occasionally trying to see things his/her way. That said, it has been really gratifying the FEW times a boss has gone out of his/her […]

3D or not 3D … That Is The Question

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The introduction of high-definition television a few years back was literally an eye-opener. HDTV, as it is more often referred, makes images on the screen far clearer and brighter than the “old” standard definition television. The even more recent addition […]

Now For A Commercial Interruption

posted by mattaug

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

Sheen’s Replacement Not Worth Two And A Half Seconds Thought

posted by mattaug

Call me a prude, or say that I don’t have much of a sense of humor. Say what you want, but I am not all that concerned about who replaces Charlie Sheen on the CBS comedy “Two And A Half […]

Kirstie Alley Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers For ‘Dancing’

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Kirstie Alley will have a heckuva time winning “Dancing With the Stars” this season. The other dancers are younger, more talented and yes, thinner than the former “Cheers” star. There’s still something pretty cool about Alley hanging in there show […]

Scotty McCreery Garners Plenty Of ‘Idol’ Attention

posted by mattaug

It has taken me a long time this season, but I finally have ‘it’. The ‘it’ is Scotty McCreery fever, as in the top 3 finalist, or perhaps more, on this season’s American Idol. I completely ignored the show most […]

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

posted by mattaug

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, […]

“YES, Francesa’s Interviews Can Be FAN-tastic”

posted by mattaug

Mike Francesa may not be the most jocular guy around, but credit the man for being a strong interviewer. Listening to the long-time sports talk show host, heard on WFAN and simulcast on television’s YES Network, the other day I […]

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

posted by mattaug

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

President Trump’s VP Call Is Easy: Gary Busey

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When you are a leader, it’s good to send people off your trail by having a bit of a loon serve as second in command. Some people feel President Barack Obama did just that when he selected Joe Biden as […]

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

posted by mattaug

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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