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See the Book of Acts Like Never Before

posted by Corine Gatti

Today get a look at our early church during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. A.D. will present the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts in a new series, and give viewers a sense of the early church. […]

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Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance

posted by Corine Gatti

ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007. This week Scott, 48, was presented the […]

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Justified: Boyd Crowder’s Crisis of Faith

posted by Donna Freitas

Really, really, really and truly: Boyd Crowder on FX’s ‘Justified’ might be my all-time favorite character of faith (and doubt) on a television show ever. Everything about Boyd–from his charisma, to his misguided preaching, to his encounter with doubt–is so […]

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Nat Geo’s “Living in the Time of Jesus”

posted by Ellen Leventry

Just days from Christmas, National Geographic explores the world that Jesus would have known in “Living in the Time of Jesus.”

National Geographic Goes ‘Inside Polygamy’ This Valentine’s

posted by Ellen Leventry

National Geographic is given unprecedented access to explore an FLDS polygamous family in “Inside Polygamy: Life at Bountiful.”

Tackling the Tebow Super Bowl Ads

posted by Ellen Leventry

Paradoxically, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads, may have been the least controversial of the broadcast.

Cool on ‘Caprica’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Fine performances and effects can’t hide “Caprica’s” lack of dramatic tension.

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad: Touchdown or Fumble?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Tim Tebow to be featured in Focus on the Family-sponsored Super Bowl ad: Spokesman for family above all or hubristic quarterback heaving it out of bounds?

‘Jersey Shore': Bad for Italian-Americans or Good Reality TV?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Italian-American groups are upset with MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore,’ claiming it reinforces negative stereotypes, but don’t all reality shows?

‘Simpsons’ Gets Imprimatur From Vatican Newspaper

posted by Ellen Leventry

Vatican newspaper declares ‘The Simpsons’ Okely Dokely

‘Hoarders’ Catches Oprah’s Eye

posted by Ellen Leventry

This was originally published In October, but we’re reposting it in light of yesterday’s season premiere. You can watch “Hoarders” on Monday night’s at 10/9 Central on A & E. I’ve been transfixed by “Hoarders,” A&E’s new reality show about […]

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ Series Finale

posted by Ellen Leventry

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ may be ending too soon for Kate, but what about the viewers?

NatGeo Asks ‘Who Was the First Jesus?’

posted by Ellen Leventry

National Geographic Channel’s Second Annual Expedition Week offers plenty of adventure.

Defending ‘Sex Rehab’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Critics have labeled VH1’s “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” voyeuristic but does that devalue the show’s message?

Where’s the ‘Glee’?

posted by Ellen Leventry

‘Glee’ has always been a quirky blend of song and social commentary, but this week’s episode, “Wheels,” feels like after school special territory.

ABC’s ‘V': Leapin’ Lizards, This Reimagining is Fun

posted by Ellen Leventry

The reimagining of the classic 80s sci-fi series delivers deep messages, but also face-ripping, alien-revealing good fun.

It’s a GrandDuggar!

posted by Ellen Leventry

Kate Gosselin must be shaking in her boots: People.com reports that Mackynzie Renée Duggar (see photos here), the first daughter of the oldest Duggar, Joshua, and his wife, Anna, arrived late last night. That’s right, it’s the first grandchild of Jim […]

Jon Gosselin Gets a ‘Dear John’ Letter from TLC

posted by Ellen Leventry

Back in July, I wrote my own “Dear John” letter to Jon Gosselin, explaining that it really was him when it came to my decision to side with “Team Kate.” And now TLC, the cable channel that spawned the whole […]

Sunday Night Sizzles: ‘Dexter’ and ‘The National Parks’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Missing the Sunday night appointment television rush of “True Blood?” Well, everyone’s favorite serial killer-killing serial killer (say that ten times fast) is back with an infusion of frightening fun. This season Dexter faces not only the complexities and sheer […]

MTV Video Music Awards: Back in Fighting Form

posted by Ellen Leventry

I bemoaned last year’s MTV Video Music Awards as lacking the usual raucousness usually associated with the water cooler-worthy awards show. But last night’s VMAs, hosted once again by British comedian Russell Brand, didn’t disappoint. Intended to be a fitting […]

Week in Review: ‘Melrose Place,’ Glee,’ Vampire Diaries,’ Supernatural’

posted by Ellen Leventry

September is here and that can mean only one thing: new television! Ok, it also means that kids are back in school and the leaves will soon be turning, but there’s nothing like the lure of brand new episodes of […]

The Duggars Do it Again: Will the Public Ever Tire?

posted by Ellen Leventry

I was trolling around People.com yesterday looking for the poll asking readers to weigh in on what “J” name Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting,” should bestow on their recently announced nineteenth addition, when I […]

Fox’s ‘OctoMom’ Special Anything But

posted by Ellen Leventry

So FOX has ordered up a Nadya Suleman special to be titled “Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage.” Or as I like to think of it, “When Fertility Treatments Attack.” As the Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports, the two-hour documentary, set […]

BBC America’s Buzzworthy ‘Skins’ Returns

posted by Ellen Leventry

The news of director John Hughes’ (“The Breakfast Club,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Pretty in Pink”) passing this morning is made even more poignant by the fact that the latest season of “Skins,” a gritty BBC teen drama full of […]

‘More to Love': What’s Not to Love?

posted by Ellen Leventry

The new Fox reality show “More to Love” is a fresh take on “The Bachelor”–but I do have a few issues with it.

Discover ‘The Colony’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Discovery Channel’s new post-apocalyptic reality show, “The Colony” is an intriguing mix of “Survivor” and the Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook–it’s intriguing, but I have my suspicions about the show.

Watch This: ‘Torchwood: Children of Earth’

posted by Ellen Leventry

“Torchwood: Children of Earth,” the “Doctor Who” spinoff miniseries currently playing on BBC America, is so good that I have practically forgotten the mediocrity that was “Torchwood’s” second season and can forgive all of its distracting stunt casting and convoluted […]

A ‘Dear John’ Letter to Jon Gosselin

posted by Ellen Leventry

Dear Jon, Once upon a time, I sympathized with you, cringed with you as Kate commanded your every movement (to the point of telling you not to breathe so loudly) and browbeat your every decision. With reports of Kate off […]

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posted 9:03:34am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Finding Neverland - On a Stage!
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posted 12:53:47pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead at 89
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday night at the age of 89 in a Las Vegas hospital. King was the son of a sharecropper, and was born on a plantation in Mississippi. He worked his way up from singing in church, performing on street ...

posted 9:27:21am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

'Where Hope Grows' is a Much Watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L10tIzZZrA Kristoffer Polaha stars as a baseball slugger with Detroit Tigers who was forced to retire early due to panic attacks at the plate. Calvin Campbell struggles with alcoholism, depression, and battles ...

posted 8:58:33am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

One Good Fella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKjent3fFcs Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas--Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer ...

posted 12:13:10pm May. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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