Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more...]

“How to make an adult baptism stylish!”

From the TV show “Big Rich Texas” (sorry, I’ve never seen it), some helpful advice on the most fabulous way to become a Christian. That sound you hear is my mind, boggling. [Read more...]

Ah, Dan

Has it really been eight years? In 2004, I was one of the writers for what turned out to be Dan Rather’s last election night. I remember sitting at my computer console during a break and becoming aware that someone had pulled up a folding chair and was sitting just behind me. I glanced over [Read More...]

How Dan Rather helped invent modern hurricane coverage on TV in 1961

We’ve gotten used to seeing endless hurricane coverage these days, but the real trailblazer in this kind of reporting, the first television correspondent to wade into the water and report from the center of a storm, was Dan Rather, covering Hurricane Carla in Houston in 1961. Here’s a fascinating glimpse back at how that coverage [Read More...]

Want to attend the Al Smith Dinner?

You can, from your living room. A sharp-eyed reader noted that the dinner is listed on the C-SPAN (1) schedule, for 9 pm ET tonight. Remember: it’s white tie. Dress accordingly. [Read more...]

Jerry Mathers, Catholic

And the star of “Leave It to Beaver” is speaking out in support of Catholic education. Details: He grew up with the world watching.  In the 50′s and 60′s, Sioux City’s own Jerry Mathers was the kid other kids wanted to be like, and the child many parents felt they had. Jerry Mathers had already [Read More...]

“The Simpsons” opening—with real people

Fiendishly clever. This just made me smile.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Surprise hit of the new TV season? “American Bible Challenge”

The unique new game show has struck a chord with viewers, according to Catholic News Service: The “American Bible Challenge” has been watched by more than 2 million people in the United States every Thursday night since its debut Aug. 23, making it the most successful show in Game Show Network in history. And to [Read More...]

“We Shall Not Be Moved”

That’s the name of a new documentary coming to a TV station near you this fall, detailing the efforts of religious order sisters to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Details, from NCR:  Although Hurricane Katrina destroyed convents, schools and social service centers in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, it did not wipe out [Read More...]

Pat Robertson urges man to become Muslim so he can beat his wife

It sounds like another headline from The Onion, but no. My conclusion: this is Robertson’s “Benedict Groeschel moment,” and he should quietly unplug his microphone. Details: Once again, Pat Robertson has said something ridiculously offensive and cruel. Past targets have included gays, feminists and pagans, atheists, people with Alzheimer’s, adoptive parents, Haitians and people who don’t pray enough. This time, the televangelist focused [Read More...]


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