After endorsing an underdog candidate in the Louisiana House of Representatives special election last November, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson will be attending Tuesday's State of the Union Address as the freshman congressman's guest.
Robertson, who is the CEO of the Duck Commander business in West Monroe, La., attended several fundraisers for the then-candidate and filmed a 20-second promotional video for Vance McAllister (R-La.) last year, at a time when the representative was in the midst of overcoming electoral and financial hurdles to qualify for the runoff.
"I am proud to have my close friend, constituent and small business owner, Willie Robertson, attend tonight's State of the Union Address as my special guest," McAllister said in a statement. "Willie is thankful for this opportunity and honored to attend. I look forward to the two of us representing the Fifth District in Washington, D.C. this evening and bringing some diversity to our nation's capitol." more >>
The controversial yet successful "Preachers of L.A." docu-series that premiered on Oxygen Media last year has been approved for a second season, and producers of the program that features Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon and other Southern California ministers will start casting for Christian preachers in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit for future spin-off series.
Other original cast members returning for season two of the "candid and revealing" television series include Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson. The program was promoted as an inside look at the lives and ministries of high-profile Christian leaders who have to deal with very down-to-earth issues.
"'Preachers of L.A.' touched the heart strings of our Oxygen viewers. They were captivated by the triumphs and tribulations of these men of God and the amazing women and families that stood alongside them," said Rod Aissa, senior vice president of Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media, in a press release. "We look forward to bringing more of these compelling stories to life both in LA and around the country." more >>
Jay Leno has broken the silence on his late night show going off the air next month in a recent interview with "60 Minutes."
Many were shocked when it was announced that "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" would be ending after 22 years on NBC, and the show's host has now admitted it was not his choice.
Evangelical Christians should pay more attention to their persecuted Middle Eastern counterparts, argued Russell Moore, the President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday.
"We're trying to call our churches… to care about this: to talk about in sermons, to pray about on Sunday mornings and to start focusing our attention on it," Moore told host Joe Scarborough.
He also suggested that people turn to the back pages of their Bible where often, historical maps are displayed, and say, "Iraq. That's not just a national security issue, that's where Abraham was from. And Syria, that's the road to Damascus, that's the Apostle Paul." Moore added, "That's our story and history. This ought to matter." more >>
Angela Lansbury is quite pleased that the NBC remake of "Murder, She Wrote" has been canceled. The former star of the original series told the BBC that the remake "was a terrible mistake" and had been quite vocal about her feelings toward the new show.
"I didn't want to sully the memory," the 88-year-old actress who portrayed the novelist/sleuth Jessica Fletcher for 12 seasons, said. She added that she had "too much admiration" for actress Octavia Spencer to "saddle her with the awful responsibility" of carrying the new show.
"Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn't win," Lansbury added. more >>
NBC Football Night in America commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wasn't as concerned about Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman's controversial on-field interview after the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers as he was about the defensive back's actions immediately following his victory-saving play. Dungy, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, released a video (below) of his thoughts about the controversy on his blog on the All Pro Dad website Wednesday.
"I wasn't focused in as much on his interview as I was on what happened directly after the interception on the last play," Dungy said. "He went and really approached Michael Crabtree, appeared to be mocking him a little bit, Crabtree pushed him a little bit, and they get into a little confrontation.
"To me, that was not the time for that. I would rather have seen Richard Sherman go back to the sidelines, celebrate with your teammates, you are on your way to the Super Bowl, don't harass another player," he said. more >>