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Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 22

Happy Leftovers Day, y’all. 1. Hotel Pool – Lily & Madeleine 2. Womanizer – Lily Allen 3. Hypnotized – Linda Jones 4. Tumbling Dice – Linda Rondstadt 5. 1917 – Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris 6. Funkytown – Lipps Inc. (Cynthia Johnson) 7. Jenny Jenkins – Lisa Loeb 8. Boy Boy – Lissie Trullie 9. […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 21

I took last week off from my two regularly scheduled music-themed posts because I just didn’t have it in me. They’re back this week, not because I feel better per se, but because there’s comfort to be found in both the music and in the habit of experiencing it. So here we go again. 1. […]

Saturday video break: Mighty Mouse

Did you watch “Mighty Mouse” cartoons when you were a kid? If you did, and you’re around my age, you probably remember this opening sequence and theme song: And if you are around my age, you may not have realized that there was a “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, and it had a different theme […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 12

Feels appropriate to have a Donna Summer song in this first post-Labor Day post. Summer may be psychologically over, but Donna Summer is forever. 1. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington 2. I Touch Myself – Divinyls (Chrissy Amphlett) 3. Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks 4. Take You Home – Dominique Star 5. Hot […]

Rick Perry will join “Dancing With The Stars”

Make your own Tom DeLay joke. Mine is in the embedded image. Former Gov. Rick Perry is joining the new season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Texas’ longest-serving governor will be a contestant in the 23rd season of the dance competition show, which premieres Sept. 12 on ABC. Perry will be paired with professional dancer […]

The Jolanda Show

Set your DVRs. The Houston school board just got a little more star power. Jolanda Jones, the former city councilwoman who joined the board last week, is starring in a new reality show called “Sisters In Law,” set to air in March. As the cable network WE puts it, the Houston-based program follows a “close-knit […]

Friday random ten: The music of “Fargo”

I’m in kind of an in-between place in putting these together right now, so imagine my pleasant surprise to read this story of how the excellent music for Season 2 of Fargo was sourced. Even better, it has ten songs in it, with videos: 1. Children of the Sun – Billy Thorpe 2. One Hour […]

Thanksgiving video break: It was like the turkeys mounted a counterattack

The greatest holiday TV episode ever. If you haven’t seen this before, you are in for a treat. And if you have seen it before, you know what I’m talking about: I hope your Thanksgiving is better and less chaotic than that. Enjoy!

Get ready for the TV ads to begin

Keep that DVR remote handy, because you’re going to have to start fast-forwarding through Mayoral campaign ads on TV soon. After nearly topping the July fundraising that put this year’s mayor’s race on track to be the most expensive in recent city history, City Councilman Stephen Costello led the pack to the TV airwaves in […]

Siegler gets sued

Oy vey. Prominent former Houston prosecutor Kelly Siegler built a 20-year career out of securing convictions in tough murder cases, especially those that for years had been unsolved. It was that reputation for tenacity and pluck that landed the local legend a starring role on “Cold Justice,” a nationally televised reality show, after she left […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 11

More great parentheticals coming right at you. 1. Remember (Walking In The Sand) – Aerosmith 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Robert Cray 3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen 4. S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) – 2 Guys N The Parque 5. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) – Los Lobos 6. […]

Saturday video break: Boldly going forward

This past week, a life-size cutout of Captain Kirk appeared in my office. That’s as good a reason as any for this: I love the classics, don’t you?

Saturday video break: Happy anniversary

Old school anniversary celebration: And hey, look: A cover version! Nothing like a rousing anniversary song, is there?

The Real Housewives of the Oilpatch

Sure, why not? A reality television show developer has traveled from California to Texas in hopes of spinning the “Real Housewives” concept into an oil field drama. Matt Stroud, a development producer for CrashHat Entertainment, recently released a casting call for women who can show “the real American pride that goes hand-in-hand with being an […]


From Dwight: Aereo, which already has disrupted the television landscape in New York City, is coming soon to Houston and 21 other U.S. markets – but only if it survives legal attempts to kill it. On Tuesday, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced at CES in Las Vegas that the company would embark on a major […]

Saturday video break: The Charlie Brown School of Dance

Just watch: Admit it, you always wondered what those dances were called.

RIP, Larry Hagman

Farewell, JR. J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television’s long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, “Dallas.” Although he first gained fame as nice […]

Saturday video break: Blueberry Hill

Song #50 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Blueberry Hill”, originally by Gene Autry and covered by Fats Domino. Here’s the original: The things I’ve discovered doing this series. Gene Autry, who knew? It sure is different than the version we all know: That was obviously done a few years after he recorded […]

Fourth of July video break: We the People

You can tell how old someone is by whether or not they can recite the preamble to the Constitution without singing it. All together now! Happy Fourth, y’all. I may have another video later.

Here comes NBC Sports

Comcast SportsNet Houston, which is owned by NBC Sports, is coming to downtown. Comcast SportsNet Houston, the new regional sports network that will air Rockets games this fall and Astros games in 2013, plans to begin broadcasting in early October from its new 32,000-square-foot studio complex in the downtown Houston Pavilions, the network’s general manager […]

Riggle continues his crusade

Pastor Steve Riggle continues to be obsessed with gays and lesbians. Taking advantage of his mega-church pulpit on Sunday morning, Pastor Steve Riggle of Houston’s Grace Community Church advanced his crusade against Mayor Annise Parker’s public support for same-sex marriage by urging Houston’s lesbian mayor to either stand up for traditional marriage “or do the […]

One good thing will come out of Craig James’ Senate campaign

He apparently won’t be brought back by ESPN. Sportwriters and fans alike rejoice.


Congrats to Ernie Manouse for reaching this milestone: Houston-(February 15, 2012) Over the past 10 seasons, the nationally syndicated award-winning series,  InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse hasentertained and informed audiences with interesting, intimate, and revealing conversations with some of today’s most captivating notables. Now,InnerVIEWS, and Emmy winner Ernie Manouse, get ready to celebrate their 150th episode with multi-award winning journalist Bill Moyers. The […]

Comcast SportsNet Houston

This would be cool. The NBC Sports Group is seeking about $2 million in state and local support to bring a major production studio and 135 jobs to downtown Houston. The operation would be for Comcast SportsNet Houston, a new regional television network that will broadcast Astros and Rockets games beginning in the fall. The […]

Are you ready for “The Osteens”?

When you think about it, the strange thing is that they didn’t already have a reality TV show. Joel Osteen announced Tuesday that he has partnered with Survivor producer Mark Burnett to create a reality TV show that would follow him and his wife, Victoria, and Lakewood Church members on mission trips across the country. […]

Saturday video break: Raspberry Beret

Song #92 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Raspberry Beret”, originally by Prince and covered by the Hindu Love Gods. As you know, it’s not so easy to find Prince songs on YouTube, but here’s a VH1 Pop-Up Video version of it: Little snarky there, weren’t they? And here’s Warren Zevon making an […]

Saturday video break: How Soon Is Now

Song #95 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “How Soon Is Now”. It was also apparently the theme song to the TV show “Charmed”, or at least the cover version by Love Spit Love is. And here’s the original version, by The Smiths: That’s an extended version of the song, but I couldn’t […]

Are you ready for the Sooner Network?

Sure, why not? Reporters were given a tour Tuesday of the university’s SoonerVision HD production rooms that have been expanded through $5 million in improvements in recent years. With fiber-optic cables connecting the school’s athletic venues to side-by-side control rooms, Oklahoma plans to broadcast and webcast dozens more sporting events this year in high definition. […]

Saturday video break: OK Go + Muppets = awesome

Some things were just meant to happen: Be sure to watch the “behind the scenes” video as well: Thanks to Popdose for the embeds.

Why not start the Aggie Network?

Kirk Bohls raises an interesting point. It’s hard to blame Texas for having the wherewithal and desire to start its own network and reap $15 million a year off it for the next 20 years. It’s not the Longhorns’ fault they’ve won four national championships in football and two Heisman trophies, and are one of […]

NCAA officially nixes high school programming on the Longhorn Network

So much for that. The NCAA made official Thursday what most suspected would happen: It won’t allow programming involving high school athletics on university- or conference-affiliated television networks. That means the new Longhorn Network’s plans to carry about 18 high school football games on Thursdays and Saturdays have been scuttled. NCAA president Mark Emmert said […]

No high school games on the Longhorn Network

For now, anyway. The Big 12’s athletic directors unanimously agreed to a moratorium on high school content delivered on institutional or conference media platforms for a minimum of one year, the league announced in a release Monday. League athletic directors converged in Dallas for a meeting specifically designed to address questions other schools had about […]

Film incentives

Stuff like this always fascinates me. In a legislative session marked by a slew of high-profile budget cuts, Texas lawmakers opted to continue offering [film and TV production] incentives, but they reduced the amount available by 50 percent. They approved $30 million to use over the next two years, according to Gov. Rick Perry’s office, […]

RIP, Bubba Smith

Football great and actor Bubba Smith has passed away. Bubba Smith, an outsize presence in the National Football League who went on to a prolific career in television and the movies, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66. The cause was not yet known, a spokesman for the […]