Must-see TV: Pope Francis answers questions from Americans on ABC Friday

Kate O’Hare has the scoop: In a special edition of ABC News’ “20/20,” airing Friday, Sept. 4, anchor David Muir — who was raised Catholic, but no word on whether he still practices the Faith — sits down at the Vatican with Pope Francis to answer satellite questions from Americans, in advance of the pontiff’s first visit to the U.S. in [Read More...]

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ABC planning ensemble drama about nuns

I’m sure it will be sympathetic to the Church. Right?  After all, this is the network bringing you “The Real O’Neals.”  From Variety:  The untitled project from writer-exec producer Alison Schapker revolves around a group of Catholic nuns fighting the closure of their Bronx-based convent who must suddenly deal with three young novices whose arrival unearths long-buried secrets. The ensemble [Read More...]

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Phil Hartman: “Our faith prepares us for what lies ahead”

A fascinating blog post by Mark Pattison at CNS reveals a side of the late comedian many may not know (I sure didn’t!). Mark writes about a phone interview he did with Hartman in which the comic reflected on the death of his father and touched on his own Catholic upbringing: “Our faith prepares us for what [Read More...]

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Dog bites man: star of “Big Bang Theory” says being religious in Hollywood “not trendy”

Really? Who knew? Details:  Mayim Bialik is best know for her role as “Blossom” on the NBC sitcom of the same name and as the quirky Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” but the 39-year-old is also known as a person of faith in Hollywood. Bialik has consistently used her celebrity as a [Read More...]

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Stephen Colbert on gratitude and being Catholic: “What punishments of God are not gifts?”

The funnyman is about to unveil “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS, and he gets profiled in the latest issue of GQ, wherein he offers some personal theology that is as beautiful as it is unexpected. When was the last time you heard a famous late night comic talk like this?  Luke Russert even [Read More...]

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Holy foods: Sherri Shepherd to host spiritual cooking show

The daughter of a Baptist deacon will be blending faith and food for The Cooking Channel. Details:  According to reports, the former “The View” co-host is headed to the Cooking Channel as the host of a new show “Holy & Hungry” that explores the spiritual dimensions of food. Premiering Aug. 23, Shepherd will visit a bistro run by a [Read More...]

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Coming to TV this Halloween: “Exorcism: Live!”

A better title might be “Exploitation: Live!”  BYOPS (Bring Your Own Pea Soup). Details from The Los Angeles Times: Destination America is looking to instill a little more fright — and a few less spirits — into viewers this Halloween with “Exorcism: Live!” Yes, it’s a real show. On television. And it’s not a parody. Just as [Read More...]

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Jim Gaffigan: “My faith is very associated with the notion of mercy”

The comedian and his wife (who are premiering a new TV show next month) are profiled in First Things:  FT: What would you say your Catholic faith provides you in a positive way, on a day-to-day basis? Jim: My faith is very associated with the notion of mercy. I understand that there is something greater than [Read More...]

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The time Mike Wallace sat on my couch and didn’t laugh—and other favorite memories of Letterman

I was working at CBS when the president of the network, Howard Stringer, did something utterly audacious: he bought a legendary New York theater and gave it to David Letterman as his own personal playpen. That was what happened when CBS invested in what was christened The Ed Sullivan Theater—now a veritable landmark and tourist magnet—on an [Read More...]

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Vatican official credits TV series “Modern Family” for drawing attention to family issues

Well now. This is different. From Crux:  Politics has no monopoly on making strange bedfellows, as a senior Vatican official paid tribute to Hollywood on Thursday for raising the profile of family issues, specifically citing the American sitcom “Modern Family,” a show that features two married gay men who adopt a baby, plus an older [Read More...]

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