Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: January 19, 2017

TV & Stage

February 10, 2017
'Superior Donuts,' Mondays, 9-9:30 p.m. EST, CBS

The outstanding chemistry between lead actors Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler sustains "Superior Donuts," CBS' promising -- if uneven -- new comedy.

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February 7, 2017
Catholic entertainer Harry Connick Jr. in party mode on new TV show
Catholic entertainer Harry Connick Jr. in party mode on new TV show

Catholic entertainer Harry Connick Jr. doesn't see his new daytime television show "Harry" as a talk show. The New Orleans-born-and-bred pianist, singer and actor often refers to the daily hourlong show as "a party."

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January 30, 2017
Good news from PBS: an all-kids channel

With the debut of "Sesame Street" in 1969, PBS became the place for parents to go to for quality educational programming for their children.

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January 20, 2017
'The Young Pope' repels more than it engages

Behind the opening credits of "The Young Pope," a naked baby boy crawls over a sea of infant mannequins, and a man dressed as the Roman pontiff emerges at the other end. As bizarre as that may sound, the controversial, provocative new miniseries only gets stranger from there.

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January 6, 2017
Dancer finds ballet often transcends words, just like her faith
Dancer finds ballet often transcends words, just like her faith

A burst of power from her legs carries Katherine Monogue across the dance floor while her arms become a blur of precise movements.

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December 29, 2016
'Timeless' deemed a diverting escapist adventure
'Timeless' deemed a diverting escapist adventure

Much in the manner of "Lost" fans, who wondered what exactly was going on in that series, the audience for NBC's drama "Timeless" will increasingly want a definitive answer to the core enigma that drives its action and contributes to its suspense.

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December 29, 2016
NBC series 'This Is Us' proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family
NBC series 'This Is Us' proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family

he pilot episode of NBC's drama "This Is Us" featured an eye-catching first scene. Pregnant with triplets, Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) celebrated husband Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) 36th birthday by dancing suggestively for him, while he lay on their bed, wearing only a towel.

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December 29, 2016
'Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly' to sign off after 20 years

Even in the 500-channel universe, PBS' "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly" was really the only program of its kind: a weekly half-hour program that took a serious look at religion and religious issues across the spectrum of belief, and how faith intersected with politics, society and culture.

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December 2, 2016
Burnett, Downey take a stab at TV programming with 'Light TV'

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey may have misfired with their remake of "Ben-Hur" -- due out on video Dec. 13 in what one news release called a "special Christian version" at "select Christian outlets" -- but that's not stopping them from again taking on the world of television, which has long been their bread and butter.

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November 15, 2016
'Designated Survivor' offers a new angle on the U.S. presidency

A real-life precautionary measure provides both the premise and the title for the engaging drama series "Designated Survivor." The show, which airs on ABC Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. EST, premiered Sept. 21.

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