Must-see video: “60 Minutes” profiles the Copts

It begins with the election of a pope and ends with an exorcism. Fascinating and balanced.  And deeply moving. Kudos to correspondent Bob Simon and producer Harry Radliffe for giving viewers a glimpse into this corner of the Christian world. [Read more...]

The hills were alive: NBC posts huge numbers for “The Sound of Music”

From The New York Times: NBC’s gamble of filling an entire night with live musical theater paid off handsomely Thursday as “The Sound of Music,” with Carrie Underwood in the Julie Andrews role of Maria, posted the network’s best entertainment ratings for a Thursday night since 2009. In preliminary ratings, the special pulled in 18.5 [Read More...]

Lest we forget: before “The Sound of Music” went live, the Captain and Maria reunited “On Golden Pond”

While I’ve been reading a lot on social media about last night’s live version of “The Sound of Music”—I joined the production in progress,  just before Carrie Underwood ran back to the convent and heard about mountain-climbing—few people have mentioned television’s last big experiment in live theater. It was a dud. And it also had [Read More...]

Theology of the Dead Body: “‘The Walking Dead’ is fully Catholic”

There are two key moments that clinched it for me in “The Walking Dead.” A couple of years ago, Sheriff Rick, hunting for any signs of life in the world of the zombie apocalypse, stumbled on a plain wooden church, in the middle of nowhere. When he stepped inside, he discovered the congregation was made [Read More...]

The world’s most famous singing nun is about to return on NBC

A lot of us winced when this project was announced.   Now it looks like it’s actually going to happen, airing live on December 5. From NBC:  From executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Smash,” “Hairspray,” “Chicago”) comes an instant holiday classic: “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood [Read More...]

Has this become our church?

In the Los Angeles Times, writer Meghan Daum made a compelling observation, I thought, about the times in which we live—and one moment on television that has captured the country’s attention: Louis C.K., once merely a gifted comedian, is now a holy man. Last week, C.K. told Conan O’Brien that he doesn’t let his daughters [Read More...]

A sitcom writer’s conversion: “I prayed, and Jesus was the first to show up. What else am I going to do?”

From CNS: Tom Leopold is a very funny guy. He’s also a Catholic. He has been funny longer than he has been a Catholic. But being a Catholic doesn’t stop him from being funny. “I can’t go more than two lines without getting a laugh,” Leopold told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview from [Read More...]

Roma Downey producing mini series of “The Dovekeepers,” the story of Masada

From the press release: Roma Downey, executive producer and star of the Emmy® nominated, THE BIBLE series and her production company LightWorkers Media, announced today that it has acquired all rights to Alice Hoffman’s thrilling saga, and New York Times bestselling novel The Dovekeepers. The mesmerizing story, set in ancient Israel in the year 70 [Read More...]

My review of “EWTN News Nightly”

Tonight, EWTN unveiled one of its most ambitious undertakings ever: a nightly Catholic news program, anchored by Colleen Carroll Campbell.  Dubbed EWTN News Nightly, the title for now appears a misnomer. Seconds into the program, Campbell announced that this was a “preview” of what would at first be a weekly program, but which would then eventually [Read More...]

I’m hopelessly square

Yesterday, a legend from my youth, Eydie Gorme, died. Below, a stellar moment from the Steve Allen Show in 1958. You’ve seen this technique used countless times—Saturday Night Live likes to use it, usually hilariously and with a side order of snark—but this long tracking shot backstage with Eydie and Steve and Ann Sothern and [Read More...]