The next big reality TV star just might be a priest

He’s Father Steve Porter, from California (of course!) and he’s getting a lot of buzz for a series now in development. From a press release on the program: The Rev. Steve Porter of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and Derek Christopher of Lighthouse Blues Productions have spent the last year filming, editing and pitching [Read More...]

What made Scott Pelley cry?

This: my vote for the best Christmas story this year.  God bless Steve Hartman.  And Scott Pelley, too.  (A grateful diaconal bow to Aggie Catholics, btw, for finding this!) [Read more...]

Where did the story of Noah come from?

A National Geographic special next month offers some educated guesses: Scholars of ancient writings from Mesopotamia (now Iraq) point to texts written thousands of years before the bible that describe a flood and say that the bible story comes from those stories. Others like archaeologist Jeff Rose say these pre-biblical stories have merit because the [Read More...]

The Catholic connection to “Downton Abbey”

It begins with the creator of this popular British series — and it will become a part of the storyline in the upcoming season: Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has become Vice President of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts. The announcement was made during a special centenary dinner at Alan Hall in Chelsea. During the [Read More...]

RIP, Harry Morgan

One of the most familiar faces on television has gone to the great dressing room in the sky: Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. His son Charles [Read More...]

Pamela Anderson to play Mary in Christmas special

That would be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus (seen above in a promotional picture). Details: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, famed for nude photo shoots and a homemade porn video withTommy Lee, is to play mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms on Canadian TV this Christmas. Anderson, a native of Canada, will headline A [Read More...]

Jesus in the air: the surprising meaning of Detroit's WJBK

Folks in Detroit may already know this, but it was news to me.  The TV station is marking an anniversary today, and Kathy Schiffer gets the scoop: Not a huge fan of television, I would say “Who cares?” except for a little tidbit I heard on WWJ’s radio news this morning.  According to FCC regulations, [Read More...]

Remembering Bob Pierpoint

In 1982, my first job out of college was as a Production Secretary for the CBS Evening News in Washington.  I got up every morning and took the subway from Silver Spring to DuPont Circle, then walked a few blocks to the small, squat two-story building on M Street that was the home of the [Read More...]

Shock: child hit by van, left for dead, bystanders do nothing

What happens when a country like China has widespread abortion and a “one-child” policy? Things like this: It begins last Thursday when a two-year-old girl totters into a narrow lane in a wholesale market in the thriving industrial city of Foshan in Guangdong Province and is hit by a small, white van. The driver pauses, [Read More...]

Gee!

And now, for something completely different… From the GEE-niuses at “Sesame Street,” a parody of “Glee,” saluting the letter “G.” “Don’t stop your GEE-in’ … “ [Read more...]


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