Cedarville University grad, ‘The Biggest Loser’ contestant weighs in on premiere

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 4:55 PM

Michael Dorsey, a Cedarville University graduate and former employee, is a contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which premiered in a two-night event on Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 7. Dorsey watched the two-night premiere and wrote a blog entry, sharing his thoughts only with our publications. The next episode of “The Biggest Loser” will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, on NBC. Look out for more of Dorsey’s blog entries on our website throughout the season.

Here it is, the night I have been waiting for. I will find out if I am going to “The Ranch!” When Alison Sweeney calls my name, I don’t even have time to think about it. I have just been chosen for an opportunity of a lifetime. Standing on the stage as the rest of the contestants are identified, I am just thinking, “Wow! I am up here with Bob, Dolvett and Jillian … and the WHOLE COUNTRY is seeing this!”

Being an avid fan of the show, I knew the workout was going to be hard. However, I did think we would have some kind of “warm up” or we would be broken in first. WRONG!!! The entire time I kept thinking, “PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!” …Bob reminded me of what my motivation was and why I could not quit, that little boy that bears my name, my son. I knew that one day he would be able to watch this and see his dad do what he had to do to take care of his family.

While losing the Challenge was disappointing for the Blue Team, we had no choice but to be proud of how well we did. We really provided stiff competition and served notice that even though we have the two oldest and the two heaviest contestants, we are the team to beat. That same rule applied at the weigh in. Even though the Blue Team didn’t win it, we didn’t lose it. Seeing TC go home was tough on many fronts. He tried for several seasons and finally got his dream. At the same time, if the White Team survived the weigh in, I was the one who would be going home, and that’s why I wasn’t excited about my 21 pound weight loss.

That red line always stressed me out watching it on TV, and it’s no different when you hear about it in real life. Try hearing that the NEXT weigh in is going to be the same thing.

Walking out to Bob’s area for our workout was INSANE. My expression of “Caps Lock OMG” basically sums up what is going through my mind. What an intense workout! I had the opportunity to work with Jason Khalipa, a CrossFit Games champion. He really encouraged me and was encouraged by how well we did as a whole.

Going into the football challenge, I really wanted to do well. This is always one of my favorite episodes to watch. Meeting Antonio Gates was awesome! Yes, I struggled a little bit, but it was still fun.

Meeting with Dr. H was one of my biggest fears. To actually hear the words of reality come out of his mouth was so humbling, but it was a wake up call for me that drove me. I was setting myself up to not be around for my son to call me Daddy, and I have something I can do about it!

Jeff’s “zero” pound loss on the scale was a shock to all of us. But it was also a reality check that it could be any of us any given day.

So sad to see Nate go. He just has an awesome spirit about him.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter  @mldorsey78 and on facebook at www.facebook.com/movingthemessage. Also don’t forget to tune in on Monday nights!

Comedian Bill Cosby reveals he is totally blind

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

In his first interview in two years, comedian Bill Cosby revealed he is totally blind.
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Comedian Bill Cosby said he is completely blind, USA Today reported.

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In his first interview in two years, Cosby told the National Newspaper Publishers Association news service that he woke up one morning two years ago and told his wife, Camille, “I can't see.”

Cosby was later told by doctors that nothing could be done to restore his vision. That meant the comedian was forced to improvise when he appeared on stage, USA reported.

“When he would perform, we’d draw a wide straight yellow line from backstage to the chair on the stage and he’d rehearse the walk, hours before the show,” his longtime publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told the NNPA.

Cosby’s disclosure comes less than one month before jury selection is scheduled to begin for his June criminal sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania. He is accused of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home more than a decade ago. He has denied the charge, maintaining their encounter was consensual.


'Roseanne' show revival coming to television

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:06 PM

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“Roseanne” is making a comeback.

According to E! News, ABC has officially announced that the series was just given orders for a revival.

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We’re rebooting ‘Roseanne,’” ABC network president Channing Dungey confirmed Tuesday. “It is planned for the mid-season. We’re still at the early stages.” Per the network’s press release, the eight-episode revival will find the Connors continuing to deal with “the economic challenges of living paycheck to paycheck in 2018.”

Rumors of a revival were reported weeks ago and reportedly sparked the interest of several networks and Netflix, but the Conners’ home network ended up with the rights.

Original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert are all reportedly signed on to return. Goodman’s character, Dan, died, so it’s unclear how he will proceed with the show. Barr and Gilbert will be serving as executive producers on the series alongside producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford, as well as comedian Whitney Cummings.

The original series aired from 1988 to 1997 for nine seasons. It is described as one of the most realistic portrayals of a blue collar family in America.

“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant -- and hilarious -- today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne,” Dungey said in a statement.

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'American Idol' set to return to television

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 2:38 PM

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Just over a year after “American Idol” aired its final episode on Fox, ABC announced that it will bring back the popular voice competition for the 2017-2018 season.

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Fox announced in May 2015 that the 15th season of “American Idol,” which debuted January 2016, would be its last.

But on Tuesday, ABC announced that it would bring back the show in conjunction with FreemantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment.

The network did not immediately announce who the judges or host will be.

“American Idol” first aired in June 2002 and has been credited for inspiring a slew of similar reality-competition programs.

“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a news release.

The show launched the careers of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. Contestants on the show have sold more than 60 million albums and made more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits, according to ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing.

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Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the bill and replace it with the GOP-backed American Health Care Act. The Republican bill passed the House last week by a slim margin.

"I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace. They realized that what is right is right, and I saved health insurance in the United States of America," Kimmel said Monday. "I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway?"

He dismissed critics who labeled him an elitist, responding to a story published by The Washington Times headlined, “Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.” 

“I cannot count the number of times that I’ve been called a Hollywood elitist, which I’ve got to say, I kind of appreciate,” Kimmel joked. “When I was a kid, we had to drink the powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid, our orange juice came out of a can … my dream was to become a Hollywood elitist.”

Kimmel blasted the Republican health care bill and sarcastically apologized for speaking out.

"I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” Kimmel said. “It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He played a clip from a town hall held by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, in which the congressman said “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” 

Kimmel also brought on Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to talk about the new health care bill that has moved into the Senate. Cassidy recently said during an interview with CNN that he’s looking for a health care bill from the Senate that will “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.