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USTownhall RoundTable The Fall 2016 sessions
Written by Scott Katz   

The new fall TV season is upon us once again, and USTownhall RoundTable podcasters Scott, Kerry, and Brenda are back with another season of their pop culture podcast with pitiless and in-depth analysis of the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars, among other happenings.


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(1) Aug 31, 2016: DWTS23 cast revealed.  Our reactions.

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(2) Sep 14, 2016: DWTS23 Week 1 - Good premiere, reactions to Ryan Lochte protestors

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(3) Sep 21, 2016: DWTS23 Week 2 - TV night plus 1st elimination: Jake T. Austin

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(4) Oct 6, 2016: DWTS23 Week 3 - Face-Off night plus 2nd elimination: Governor Rick Perry.

Week 4 - Cirque du Soleil night plus 3rd, 4th eliminations: Babyface & Vanilla Ice

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(5) Oct 12, 2016: DWTS23 Week 5 - Most Memorable Year night plus 5th elimination: Amber Rose

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USTownhall RoundTable podcast
Written by Scott Katz   

The weather outside is frightful, and the conversation on the podcasts below is sometimes even moreso!  The Winter chill has done nothing to curtail the opinionated antics of our podcast crew, Scott, Brenda, and Kerry, as they return for another round of pitiless dissection of television and pop culture happenings.

The Trump Family (l-r Eric, Barron, Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Donald Jr.) [Photo credit: NBC]
Celebrity Apprentice 14 eliminated contestants on Finale Night (not in attendance: Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson)  [Photo credit: NBC]



Leeza Gibbons,



Geraldo Rivera,


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Gilbart Gottfried


Ian Ziering


Jamie Anderson


Johnny Damon


Kate Gosselin


Kenya Moore

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Keshia Knight Pulliam


Kevin Jonas


Lorenzo Lamas

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Terrell Owens


Vivica A. Fox




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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episodes 1-3:

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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episodes 8-9:

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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episodes 4-5:

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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episodes 10-11:

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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episodes 6-7:

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Celebrity Apprentice 2015 Episode 12:

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Pop Culture Spotlight: Adam Lambert news - solo career & touring with Queen:

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USTownhall RealStories presents MATT RYAN, star of CONSTANTINE
Written by Scott Katz   

On Friday, October 31, we spoke with Matt Ryan, who plays the titular character in the new NBC series Constantine, based on the popular occult DC Comics character.


USTH:  Matt, can you just take us a little bit through the casting process? How did you come to learn about this part and how extensive was the audition process for you before you got it?

Matt Ryan:  Oh wow, it was quite a ride to be honest with you. I was doing Henry V in London in the West End with Jude Law and the Michael Grandage Company. It was pilot season obviously, so there were a lot of auditions coming up.

So, Kate Dowd was casting [the series] in the UK, so I went in for an audition, did a tape, we sat at the table. I actually had really long hair and a big, bushy beard. And I can remember my agent calling me and saying, "Look, they really, really like you, but they can’t really see past the beard," you know?

And I was like, "Well, you know, I’m in the middle of a play. There’s not really much I can do about that."

What was my favorite - I’d been on a movie called Sunday Paper about four or five years ago or something, and I actually bleached blonde my hair for that so it was kind of a similar look.

I think I’d done about four or five tapes or something, you know, with different notes. And I already had a conversation with Daniel (Cerone) and David (Goyer) [developers of the series] as well, via Skype, to give me notes and stuff.

So, kept on doing all of these tapes, but still, I had this big beard. And then, I was going to try and get a night off the play to fly over to test. But unfortunately, due to some circumstances with a member of cast in the play, I wasn’t able to take a night off.

So, I had to let that test go really, in a way. And I think they used my tapes or something. But I think they couldn’t see past my beard. I think they went back to the drawing board and started looking again.

And then they came back about a week or so later and said, "Look, we still really like you and we want you to retape." So retaped again. I ended up doing about six audition tapes or something.

And I think one of the notes which was really funny was my agent said that David Goyer had mentioned that we really liked Sasquatch. And eventually the play ended.

I ended on a Saturday night when I would have the wrap party, so to speak, of the play and jumped on a plane first thing in the morning, flew over. I think it was a holiday in America on that day so all of the hair salons were shut.

So I had to have a friend of mine come over and cut my hair. And then the next day, I went in and tested, and then went to the studio testing process, and then the network testing process.

And then eventually got there, man. It was quite a ride to be honest with you. You know, it was quite a long process – it’s definitely the longest audition process I’d been through. And it was such a thrill then when I actually got the job, you know?


NUP_164192_0005-resizeUSTH:  Given that you’re the star of this show and this is a big American TV production, are you feeling any sort of pressure?  How are you acclimating yourself to being the focus of this new series and all of the attention on you?  How are you handling all of that?

Matt Ryan:  It’s a new experience, you know? It’s something that I’ve never encountered before. So, there’s been different turning points in Constantine that I’ve never come across.

And I feel like you just throw yourself into whatever work you’re doing and you concentrate on that.

And we work so many hours as well that there’s not the time to stop and think, "Oh my God, what is this I’m doing?" which is kind of a good thing because you have to be in the moment and just go with it and keep your work going, which is what I love doing. You know?

[That's] kind of [my] perspective on it, then. And I think that if we had a three month break right now I’d probably go, "What the hell just happened," do you know what I mean? But, at the moment I’m still kind of right in the mix of it.

Kind of working every day. And that’s kind of where I like to be as well. You know, with my head in the work and concentrating on that, you know? I think it’s been a hell of a ride and it’s been really, really good fun as well.

And, I’ve really enjoyed it man. And I’m just taking it all in my stride and trying to enjoy it.


USTH:  I know Constantine is on a different network than some of the other DC comic book shows like The Flash or Arrow,  but has there been any discussion that you know of regarding the possibility of characters from each of those shows crossing into your show or you crossing over into their shows?

Matt Ryan:  Not that I’ve heard of. I mean, I don’t know what goes on in the DC office or what all those guys talk about. But, so far I don’t have any information on whether that’s going to happen or not.


Our thanks to Matt Ryan for speaking with us today.  Contstantine airs Friday nights on NBC.


USTownhall RoundTable podcast series
Written by Scott Katz   

Fall is upon us once again, and so we begin our Autumn sessions of the fabled USTownhall RoundTable podcast.  For this season, we'll be concentrating on painstakingly dissecting each episode of that fan-favorite reality series, Dancing with the Stars (Season 19!).  Join us each week to listen to the deathless meanderings of our legendary podcast crew: Scott, Brenda, and Kerry.


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Dancing with the Stars preview of Season 19:

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Dancing with the Stars week 6, "Pitbull Night": Jonathan Bennett eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 1: Lolo Jones eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 7, "Halloween Night": Antonio Sabato, Jr. eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 2, "My Jam Monday": Tavis Smiley eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 8, "Dynamic Duos Night": Michael Waltrip eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 3, "Movie Night": Randy Couture eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 9, "America's Choice Night": Lea Thompson eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 4, "Most Memorable Year Night": Betsey Johnson eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 10, "Plugged/Unplugged Night": Tommy Chong eliminated

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Dancing with the Stars week 5, "Switch-Up Night": no elimination

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Dancing with the Stars week 11, "Finalst": Alfonso Ribeiro wins

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American Idol finalist COREY CLARK: Unfiltered
Written by Scott Katz   
Monday, 19 May 2014 19:03

ABOVE:: interview segment where American Idol
Season 2 finalist Corey Clark sets the record
straight about his 2002 arrest.

CoreyClark-resizedOn Sunday, May 18, 2014, we got together for a video interview with Corey Clark, the American Idol finalist from Season 2 who was dismissed from the show as announced on the April 1, 2003 broadcast.  Mr. Clark and nine other ex-Idol hopefuls have a pending lawsuit filed in Federal Court in New York City against American Idol Productions among other defendants.  Mr. Clark has stated that he has proof that the show has been discriminatory against African-American contestants and is seeking legal redress. 

Our interview with Mr. Clark went approximately five hours, and we will be putting the video footage online over the next several days.  For now, here's a segment of the interview in which Mr. Clark talks in full detail about his arrest in October 2002 that led to his dismissal from American Idol more than five months later.  It is fair to say that the fallout from this pivotal event in Mr. Clark's life still affects him to this day.

Think you've heard it all?  Think you know all the details?  Don't answer until you've heard Corey Clark tell his story in his own words.  Note that the footage is uncensored for language, and in certain brief instances, there will be language that could be considered Not Safe for Work.

During the course of the interview, Mr. Clark talks about several people who were involved in the events he describes.  In the interest of getting all sides to the story, anyone mentioned who would like to interview with us to tell his or her side can contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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3rd INTERVIEW: November 25, 2014
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Corey Clark: Unfiltered, Part I (approx. 91 min) Corey Clark: Unfiltered, Part II (approx. 58 min)
In Part I, Mr. Clark discusses the American Idol audition process, how Simon Cowell affected his decision to continue his career in music, his 2002 arrest, the charges being dismissed then mysteriously reinstated, The Smoking Gun, his dismissal from American Idol, and being blacklisted from the music industry. In Part II, Mr. Clark discusses The Book Deal That Wasn't, his 2005 interview with ABC, Paula Abdul, the discovery of new facts that cast old beliefs in a new light, and goes in-depth about his current lawsuit against American Idol Productions and other defendants.

The statements made by Mr. Clark in his interview sessions with USTownhall.com are exclusively his own.  USTownhall.com, its employees, associates, affiliates, subsidiaries, and parents are neutral parties who neither condone nor condemn the statements made herein.

Corey Clark: Unfiltered, Part 3 (approx. 51 min)
In Part III, Mr. Clark discusses the legal and strategic underpinnings of his lawsuit, talks more about Paula Abdul and his reasons for embarking on the alleged affair, and gives his honest--and shocking-- thoughts about Simon Cowell, Paula, and Randy Jackson.  He called Randy a ...what?!


In this interview:

• Corey spills the behind-the-scenes details about his American Idol audition process.

• Corey talks about the Smoking Gun website article that led to his dismissal including a shocking revelation about what American Idol knew concerning Corey's legal situation before the article came out and what Corey says Idol did with that information.

• Corey discusses his post-Idol career and his contention that he was blacklisted from the music industry.

• What really happened between Corey Clark and Paula Abdul?

• Corey talks about his showbiz experiences before Idol including his days with R&B star Ne-Yo.

• Corey goes into great detail about his lawsuit against Idol and discusses the evidence he was able to obtain to bolster his case.

• How will this case affect the American Idol judges?  Will any judges, past or present, be named as defendants or have to give testimony?

• What does Corey really think about Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul? 

• Corey discusses his feelings of race relations and racial equality not only as it concerns American Idol, but how he sees things in the larger society.

• And much, much more!


To keep in touch with Corey Clark or to check out his music, we provide the following links:

New single "Love's Melody" on CDbaby.com: http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/coreyclark1
Debut self titled Album Corey Clark on ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/corey-clark/id71153407
@thecoreyclark on Instagram
@cdcmusic on Twitter
Corey Clark fan page on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/thecoreyclark1
@coreyoreo27 on YouTube
Corey Clark YouTube fan page: http://m.youtube.com/user/coreyclarkfans



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Animation historian JERRY BECK

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singer-songwriter JOSH GROBAN

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Terrence Howard, René Balcer

Dick Wolf, Alfred Molina, Alana de la Garza

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Ian Anthony Dale, Nick Wauters

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