“When Calls the Heart” Season Three Suggests The Best Is Yet to Come

One of the reasons that the Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart” has resonated with its devoted and ever-increasing fan base, called Hearties, is because it’s family friendly: it’s part Western, part chaste romance, part comedy, and part soap opera. When I interviewed the show’s co-creator Brian Bird last year, he compared it to [Read More…]

For Monday Mirthiness, Watch Phil Rosenthal in “Jewish Die Hard”

If the Bruce Willis movie “Die Hard” is too violent for your tastes, you might better enjoy this spoof of the movie called “Jewish Die Hard with Phil Rosenthal.” As he’s crawling through air ducts, Rosenthal declares, “Oy, am I schvitzing.” And he even brings a religious dimension to the humor by invoking the story [Read More…]

Seven Classic TV Christmas Episodes to Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Every December, I rewatch classic TV Christmas episodes either on DVD or via reruns on cable. Series like “Frasier” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” had multiple Christmas shows over the years, including some great ones such as Raymond’s “Christmas Present,” in which Ray (Ray Romano) hopes to get Debra’s (Patricia Heaton’s) approval to go on a [Read More…]

What “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Could Learn from Joan of Arcadia

Despite its popularity, I’ve never been tempted to watch an episode of “Scandal” because the show sounds too dark and cynical for my tastes. But I do read about the show. It’s hard not to because it garners so much press coverage and adulation. That’s been especially true recently because last week’s episode ended with [Read More…]


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