Changing Channels

Yes, I saw the 20-20/People Magazine special about the best TV programs of all time, and I have to disagree about the choice of best comedy. While the program’s top choice, I Love Lucy, was a great program in its time only a few episodes still stand the test of time as great viewing today.…

Some people wonder how football got to be America’s most popular sport. Steve Sabol, who died earlier this week, is part of the reason why. Sabol, who passed at age 69 from brain cancer, was responsible, along with his father, Ed, for making the game so fan friendly and accessible on television screens. Not to…

I wasn’t going to write a  feature/post over the weekend until I saw, again, a TV ad for John Hancock financial services. The ad features four distinctly different “couples” discussing their investment options in this volatile market. “Let me guess,” all the husbands say in tandem to all the wives about to open up a…

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 approach. Unlike so many of her competitors, Ha never had a mean or rude comment…

To be continued? Hopefully not! Oh, go on … or perhaps don’t go on would be better! OK, I got all the puns out of my system, for now. Trouble is, I also got the new Matthew Perry/NBC series “Go On!” out of my system after just one episode: the premiere. I wanted to like…

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 but the great chef has helped many restaurants and now even hotels via his FOX…

  On the day the Democratic National Convention, the DNC, really gets rolling I have to wonder something about the president … does he MEAN to be  mean? I ask this question about Barack Obama because of his willingness, even eagerness, it seems to mix it up with Hollywood and sports figures. When Matt Damon…

I know, I know the headline above seems dramatic, or maybe overly-dramatic. But the thing is, when you look at sports today they just MAY be dying a slow death or perhaps worse. Start with major league baseball, as several players have been banned from the sport this season alone for use of performance-enhancers ……

If it was just a show … then the Republican National Convention was one heckuva show at that. But I wouldn’t want to call it just a show, not to the likes of all the terrific governors who spoke or the pair who could well become our next president and VP, Mitt Romney and Paul…

Call me old-fashioned and that’s just fine but there’s something appropriate about owners acting like owners. I guess I am spoiled by how the Tisch and Mara families have handled themselves as owners of the New York Giants: with dignity and class in abundance. Their approach has paid off with four Super Bowls. While the…

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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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