Changing Channels

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 truth a bit because … Of COURSE it’s an exclusive! Ok, what am I yammering…

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. He was able to lay the Romney/Ryan vision for the country while holding off a…

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 on legendary hit, ‘Happy Days’. Thinking about it, I am not sure why I was…

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, who not long after the team brought him in in 2004, many fans, myself included,…

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 degree. Whatever you feel about his policies, TV, or perhaps more specifically the teleprompter also…

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 long journey back to the ‘bigs’ in a plate appearance vs. the New York Mets.…

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 all-time favoring All in the Family instead. Even more egregious, and I don’t mean Philbin…

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 that includes none other than President Barack Obama. As many of you know I am…

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 Lewis even hugged a ref. I don’t always appreciate Lewis’ bravado, but I thought this…

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 of the season, however, at least they aren’t the abysmal Miami Marlins. A season that…

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I have been in journalism for over to decades ... which makes me, well, old! Seriously, I have been blessed to have worked for publications such as USA Today, Newsday and nfl.com and I am excited to have this opportunity to blog about television for beliefnet.

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