Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

The legendary friar and popular writer and TV personality has gone home. My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer reports: We’d heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, [Read More...]

RIP, John Slattery of WCBS-TV

From the In My Backyard Desk, some sad news. The veteran television reporter was a familiar face to many New Yorkers—and a devout Catholic. Details:  John Slattery, a longtime CBS New York reporter from Larchmont who covered major stories for more than 30 years, has died at age 63. Slattery died unexpectedly Wednesday night after suffering [Read More...]

Shock: Thomas Aquinas on CBS?

Tony Rossi picks up on a few great details in last night’s premiere of “Madame Secretary.” I caught the episode and thought it was fresh, funny, astute, brilliantly written—and sublimely, surprisingly Catholic. Tony notes:  Outside of the Washingtonian intrigue, the show’s strongest feature is Elizabeth’s strong and happy marriage to her husband Henry (Tim Daly), a [Read More...]

Powerful video: TV anchor announces on the air that he is dying of cancer

Details from AP:  A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast on Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor [Read More...]

The godless, lame-stream media strikes again

From the Facebook page of Channel 11 in Atlanta. While shooting a story at a local diner, the team decided to do something that undoubtedly will leave some people shocked. Post by 11Alive.   [Read more...]

RIP, Don Pardo

One of the most familiar voices in the world is silent. Details:  Don Pardo, the magisterial announcer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed toThe Hollywood Reporter. He died in [Read More...]

Must-see video: “How to Dad,” a great new ad from Cheerios

Smart, funny and utterly winning. One blogger writes:  It is well shot and the guy playing the dad is fantastic. Also, it is funny without being condescending, and that is hard. So often, humor in commercials is at the expense of someone. These diapers are so simple even these stumbling dads can handle them! Dad can’t [Read More...]

Atheist TV debuts

From The New York Times:  Atheists are angry, and watch out, because now they have a television channel. This week the organization American Atheists announced the premiere of Atheist TV, available through the streaming service Roku and over the Internet. That news will certainly prompt assorted knee-jerk reactions in some quarters, and perhaps some confusion: “Atheist [Read More...]

EWTN opening studio in California

This moved late yesterday, but with the various technical issues involving the Patheos reboot, I’m only getting to it now. But this is huge:  Christ Cathedral will be the site of the first West Coast broadcast studio for the largest religious media network in the world, with construction underway in the iconic Tower of Hope for [Read More...]

The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact.

The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 [Read More...]


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