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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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‘A Football Life’ Is Well Worth Watching

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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, […]

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Marlins Awful On TV, On Field

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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 […]

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Christine Ha’s Remarkable Kitchen Vision

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Sharon Osbourne Leaving AGT A Year Late

posted by mattaug

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

Good Olympics NBC, But Where’s Bruce Jenner?

posted by mattaug

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

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 […]

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 […]

No Fakin’, ‘Apprentice’ Should Be Clay Aiken

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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

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

Did Trump Show Hand On ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?

posted by mattaug

Maybe I’m making too much of this, but at the end of Sunday’s The Apprentice it seems clear to me host Donald Trump is clearly looking in one direction when he fires the last of the remaining three competitors. The […]

Yanks’ Teixeira: Good Guy With Great Home

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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 […]

‘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 […]

Another “Eclectic” Group On The Apprentice

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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. […]

“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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

J.R. Martinez: Dancing With The Stars Hero

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

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Extreme Couponing? Makes ‘Cents’ To Me

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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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

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

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“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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I have changed my mind about Dr. Drew over the years. As portrayed on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew shows he really does care about the people he’s trying to help. Dr. Drew indicated he is troubled that Brooke Mueller, […]

Alexandra Pelosi: Mostly Fair Documentary Filmmaker

posted by mattaug

Sometimes parents can learn a thing or two from their children. Such is the case with documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. Her mother, in case you don’t know from the last name is Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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” […]

Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Becoming Class Act

posted by mattaug

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

Bachelor or Bachelorette: Where Is The Love?

posted by mattaug

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

How Could Howie Mandel Not Laugh … at Himself?

posted by mattaug

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

“America’s Got Talent” … Inspiring TV

posted by mattaug

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

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

posted by mattaug

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

Reality is John Rich, Scotty McCreery deserve wins

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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”

posted by mattaug

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 […]

Kirstie Alley Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers For ‘Dancing’

posted by mattaug

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

Scotty McCreery Garners Plenty Of ‘Idol’ Attention

posted by mattaug

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

“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, […]

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

posted by mattaug

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

President Trump’s VP Call Is Easy: Gary Busey

posted by mattaug

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

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