Jean Stapleton and a “Simple Melody”

The comedy icon and treasure died today at the wondrous age of 90. There’s was more to her than what folks saw every week on “All in the Family.” Below, a delightful example from “The Muppet Show” that proves she really had a lovely singing voice (despite what we heard on “Those Were the Days”) [Read More...]

TV’s “The Bible” headed to movie screens this fall

The visionary producer Mark Burnett has had another vision: dollar signs. Details:  Jesus is heading back to the big screen. TV producer Mark Burnett revealed Monday that he is preparing a three-hour movie version of his hit History Channel mini-series, “The Bible.” The film will contain “recut scenes and extra stuff” from the record breaking [Read More...]

Network may add church-based dating show

Attention television executives: yes, there is an audience for this kind of programming. Take note. Details:  Spurred by the success of an original game show that rewards knowledge of the Bible rather than, say, how much grocery items cost at the supermarket checkout, the GSN cable channel is considering a dating show with a religious [Read More...]

RIP: Annette Funicello, Catholic

Sad news, with word that the most famous Mouseketeer of all died today after a long battle with MS. The photo here shows her with first husband Jack Gilardi, leaving St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Encino, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1965, following their wedding ceremony. Annette spoke of her faith some years back, and how [Read More...]

TV’s “The Bible”: “Hollywood will never be the same after this”

Every New Yorker’s paper of record—the Post!—dissects the phenomenal popularity of the hit cable series:  ‘The Bible” is a phenomenon all over again. The miniseries — which has been airing over five Sunday nights with its finale neatly planned for Easter night — has shaken up the TV world. It’s drawing more than 12 million [Read More...]

Dominican sisters to be featured on American Bible Challenge TV show

They were stars on Oprah, and now they’re headed to another hit TV show:  TEAM SISTERS OF MARY Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI Charity:  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  Any winnings will be used to provide for the futures of the Sisters in the Order, and to ensure that they are provided for as they [Read More...]

Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN dies

A giant in Catholic broadcasting—and one of the most familiar and recognizable deacons in America—has died. From the National Catholic Register:  Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr., died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades he had been a faithful [Read More...]

ESPN viewer: “Tony Rially has black ink smirred across his forehead…”

Ash Wednesday still befuddles some people (and, evidently, offers a few spelling challenges.)  The headline comes from Twitter, and reaction to the image above, seen yesterday on countless TV screens. The website Deadspin notes: For years, Around The Horn host Tony Reali has proudly worn the mark of Ash Wednesday upon his forehead while hosting that day’s [Read More...]

EWTN announces anchor for daily news show

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Say so long soon to Colleen Carroll Campbell, former Post-Dispatch staffer, who is moving to Washington to anchor a daily program on EWTN. Campbell will be moving from Kirkwood for the new assignment. The show — logically labeled “EWTN Daily News with Colleen Carol Campbell” — is slated to debut June 3. “We’re hoping the [Read More...]

Hannah Storm returns to TV after burn accident; during recovery she only left house for Mass

ABC News has details of her return: Just three weeks after suffering serious burns in an accident at home, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm returned to television to host the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Years’ Day. Storm, who has been an anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” since 2008, shared hosting duties for the parade with “Good Morning [Read More...]