Changing Channels

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 after show and doing the best she can to compete. The other competitors are more…

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 of the season, as I have for several years now, because watching and/or listening to…

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, or just walk away from a tough situation? The show is at its best when…

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 was reminded of why he has been so successful for two decades. Francesa interviewed former…

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 Funniest Home Videos”. That show, and its host Tom Bergeron especially, seem SO forced ……

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 vice president. Biden, you might recall, reportedly plagiarized speeches and was known for saying nutty…

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 my life as a youngster, and is even more special to me as I have…

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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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