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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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Bob Costas Should Stick To Sportscasting

posted by mattaug

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

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FOX News Report Card: Center-Right

posted by mattaug

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Ellen Over Oprah? No Way …

posted by mattaug

The recent ABC 20/20-People Magazine show on the top television programs and personalities has certainly given me plenty of fodder, for sure. I recently wrote a post disagreeing with the vote of I Love Lucy as the top comedy of […]

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 […]

Michael Strahan The Man For ‘Live’

posted by mattaug

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

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

When On Rome … Expect Jim To Be Jim

posted by mattaug

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

Wishing You Well, Robin Roberts!

posted by mattaug

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

Good Daughter: Mira Sorvino keeps eye on dad Paul’s diabetes

posted by mattaug

They may be movie stars, but the father and daughter tandem of Paul and Mira Sorvino are people too. Mira, in fact, is a bit of a doting daughter these days due to her dad’s diabetes. The pair were on […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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This TV Critic Hopes Twitter Is Here To Stay!
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Daymond John Is One Cool 'Shark'
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On Thin Ice: Are NHL Owners Bargaining In Good Faith With Players?
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