Tom Leopold has been funny longer than he has been a Catholic. But being a Catholic doesn't stop him from being funny.
Art & Media
"The Watsons Go to Birmingham"
8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) Friday, The Hallmark Channel
In time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair), "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" made-for-television film will premiere on The Hallmark Channel. The events in the movie take place not even a month after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
At World Youth Day in July, the attending bishops took some time for some fun and did a little dance.
9 p.m. EST Tuesday on PBS. Check local listings.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.3 million over three years for National Catholic Reporter to extend its global coverage of women religious.
Editor's note: The following review contains spoilers.
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For many bored churchgoers, fiddling with smartphones or computer tablets is the 21st-century equivalent of playing tick-tack-toe or dozing off during services.
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It comes from comedian Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS. (Full disclosure: I work for CBS, but I don't often see this show because it comes on at 12:30 a.m., by which time I am very fast asleep. Very.)
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