Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on ‘Late Show’

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  CBS announced today that when David Letterman retires in 2015, Stephen Colbert will replace him. Colbert's "The Colbert Report" is one of Comedy Central's best shows, right up there with Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." In fact, Colbert worked as a "correspondent" on Stewart's parody of a news show before getting his own political, ultraconservative, talking-head satire pulpit in 2005. Colbert has always shamelessly admitted he is a practicing Catholic and, as far as I know, … [Read more...]

“The Town Came A-Courtin” on the UP Network, Sunday Jan 19

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  The UP Network = Uplifting Entertainment and their first offering this year is The Town Came A-Courtin' starring Lauren Holly, Valerie Harper, and Cameron Bancroft. The UP Network used to be GMC, the Gospel Music Channel. The Town Came A-Courtin' is predictable, sweet and uplifting romance story told in a Hallmark way. It says on the packaging that it is "inspired by a true story" but as far as I have been able to tell it's based on a 2005 novel by the Southern novelist Ronda … [Read more...]

“How Sherlock Holmes Changed the World” PBS doc about the world’s first CSI

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9 p.m. EST Tuesday, PBS (Check local listings) For fans of Sherlockology, this two-hour BBC documentary will confirm the belief that Sherlock Holmes is the greatest and most influential detective in history, even if he is a fictional character created by a Scottish eye-doctor-turned-writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). The BBC-produced "How Sherlock Changed the World" and its producers are in love with the BBC drama "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and … [Read more...]

“War of the Worlds” the most famous invasion that never happened – 75th anniversary documentary PBS Oct 29

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"War of the Worlds," PBS American Experience 9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday (Check local listings) In 1938, Americans might let their car payments go or give up their telephones, but 80 percent of American homes had a radio. Listeners tuned in for entertainment but became used to the edgy intrusion of news bulletins with bad news interrupting programming. Exactly a month after the Munich Agreement, a pact that allowed Nazi Germany to annex part of western Czechoslovakia, and after months of … [Read more...]

American Idol & My Wife’s Death – my interview with Danny Gokey

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  Here's Part 1 of my interview with american Idol's Season 8 Finalist Danny Gokey on The INNdustry with Sr. Rose. He has a new book: "Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments" that is part memoir, part self-help, and very encouraging to anyone who has been very far down and reached up in faith, hope, and love to keep going.       … [Read more...]

PBS Documentary marks 50th anniversary of the march on Washington

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  Almost every American above the age of 6 knows who Martin Luther King Jr. was because his name is attached to a federal holiday. No school and for some, no work. We learn, or we know, that because of what he and a group of courageous colleagues and collaborators organized in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago, the American South was legally desegregated in 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. In this new documentary on PBS, I learned a lot more about the … [Read more...]

‘Family values’ entertainment needs to also tell great stories

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There has been some interesting activity regarding faith-based entertainment this summer, including a summit between Hollywood and faith-based production companies, an analysis by the Vatican's newspaper of comic book superheroes, and the June 22 announcement by former U.S. senator and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum that he is now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas company that will produce faith-based and family productions across all platforms. I was present at … [Read more...]

David Chase’s eulogy for James Gandolfini

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   1961 - 2013 David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini June 28, 2013 Earlier this morning, friends, family, and hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects to James Gandolfini at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Four mourners — Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini; his assistant, Thomas Richardson; his acting coach, Susan Aston; and his old boss, Sopranos creator David Chase — delivered eulogies at the service. A transcript of … [Read more...]

“Rebel” tells of Cuban woman who fought in Civil War (PBS Friday May 24)

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REBEL: Story of Cuban woman who fought in the Civil War Voces series on PBS Friday, May 24, 2013 10PM ET (check local listings) Loreta Janeta Velasquez, born in Cuba in 1842, was one of an estimated 1000 women who disguised themselves as men to fight on both sides in the American Civil War.   The “politics of national memory” marginalized and challenged her story from the time she published her story in 1876, “A Woman in Battle.”  The book is still in print. This episode … [Read more...]


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