And when can we expect a series mocking Jews and Muslims? Hmmm?

This is something called “The Real O’Neals,” and ABC has just picked it for the fall lineup. The description: A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: worst TV news ad ever? Maybe.

Get a load of how WNEM TV (in Saginaw) is promoting its anchor team for sweeps: Some commentary on this here. As media observer Jim Romenesko notes: “Y’all know Julia Roberts was a prostitute in that movie, right?”  RIGHT? Shameless?  Yeah. Further proof, if any where needed, that the news business isn’t what it used to [Read More…]

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“A.D.” and the stoning of Stephen — UPDATED

I was looking for a longer version of this clip, but it doesn’t appear to be available. Nonetheless: here’s a recap of last night’s episode of “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” which concludes with Stephen’s martyrdom. I found the stoning gripping and graphic—but Stephen wasn’t exactly the most saintly or sympathetic of martyrs. He was, actually, [Read More…]

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Our world: TV series follows teen as his dad becomes a woman

Not so very long ago, this sort of thing would have been unthinkable on mainstream American TV. But here we are:  Ben and his father are the subject of the new ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us. From Ryan Seacrest Productions, Becoming Us centers on Ben, who watches as his dad Charlie divorces his mom and begins the gender transition [Read More…]

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CNN anchor: “There is something about Pope Francis that has reawakened my faith”

Here’s a testimony you don’t hear every day, from CNN’s Carol Costello:  I remember the day I stopped praying. It was the day after my little brother, Jimmy, died of cancer. He was 25. I was so angry at God. I was 27 at the time, and, like most young people I had stopped going [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: TV station fabricates a controversy, destroys local business

When you need a hot story, just create one.  Check this out, from The Daily Caller: There were no complaints nor denials of service to anyone ever, but because of their religious beliefs, Memories Pizza stands in ruin and the family who owns it has had their lives threatened countless times. How did the O’Connor family, [Read More…]

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EWTN workers build Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity house

Details:  EWTN employees more accustomed to running cameras, editing video and overseeing a worldwide religious TV network got their hands dirty on Friday. An anonymous donor contributed $60,000 to Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity in honor of Pope Francis and his commitment to “work confers dignity.” That money has been used toward construction of a [Read More…]

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Must-see video: “60 Minutes” report on persecuted Christians of Iraq

In a word: excellent. And heartbreaking. Just watch. [Read more…]

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Stephen Colbert talks saints, Lent, scripture—and he dances

This is something else: a side of the late night star many haven’t seen before. He stopped by the offices of America magazine to chat with Fr. James Martin. Check this out. You will smile. Photo via Wikipedia [Read more…]

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Well, look who popped up on EWTN last night

It’s sweeps. CBS has a special on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. ABC has the Oscars. EWTN has this. [Read more…]

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