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Some leftovers after Thanksgiving: --- I was a little surprised to see an advertisement on ABC and NBC this week for a streaming series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," that is my favorite new Amazon program. The aptly-titled show from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of "Gilmore Girls," premieres Wednesday. This is the perfect time for all Amazon Prime subscribers to …

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The sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose that led to his firing by CBS and PBS has caused WNED-TV to make schedule changes. The local public broadcasting station is replacing Rose's PBS show that runs at 5 p.m. weekdays with repeats of "Finding Your Roots," which is one of its most popular programs. Rose's half-hour weekend show that WNED carries at 11:…

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It is Kate's turn. Bring plenty of tissues. NBC's "This Is Us" airs the second part of its trilogy (9 tonight, Channel 2) about a momentous day in the life of all three Pearson siblings. If you missed last week's episode of the most popular drama in Western New York, you better stop reading now. It's been a very dark year for "This Is Us" and the sadness continues…

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When Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman crashed and burned Sunday so did the TV rating in the team's 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The game had a 34.3 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It tied with the season-opening victory over the New York Jets as the second-lowest rated game of the season. With Peterman getting the controversial …

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After the fourth interception of a pass by Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman on Sunday, Fox play-by-play man Chris Myers said "you have to be tough mentally to deal with this." He was talking about Peterman's psyche after four of his first nine passes were intercepted. But the line also could have been meant for Bills fans, who a few weeks ago thought …

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The curiosity factor of watching Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman replace Tyrod Taylor as the team's starter just may be the TV ratings boost that local television stations need in the second half of the NFL season. Peterman's debut at 4 p.m. Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers will be on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The Bills' 47-10 loss to the…

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Western New Yorkers love NBC's sophomore series "This Is Us," which has gone down several dark paths in this season's episodes. We are also as fascinated by the new ABC freshman series about a brilliant autistic physician, "The Good Doctor." But we like to go to bed early so a high percentage of us watch those series at our convenience On Demand or on DVRs. Those …

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With apologies to the Netflix series of the same name, call this my "Stranger Things" column. I've witnessed and been a part of some strange happenings in the media over the last 10 days or so. I watched a Channel 2 story on Friday which mentioned the veterans being taken care of at Beechwood Homes. Kathy Simme, the director of human resources for Beechwood, said the…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles returned to the air Monday with little fanfare and without any details on what medical issue led him to be absent for several weeks. Halfway through the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, co-anchor Jacquie Walker and Postles engaged in brief happy talk about his return. After acknowledging a "familiar face" was back at 11 …

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Not surprisingly, the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday was the lowest-rated game in more than three years. The game had a 31.4 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It was the lowest-rated Bills game since the Sept. 7, 2014, season opener against the Chicago Bears, which had a 29.9 rating. The rating for Sunday's game dropped i…

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After New Orleans' final touchdown in a 47-10 embarrassment of the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Fox play-by-play man Kenny Albert said there was "a commotion on the field." He never explained what Twitter followers knew – that the commotion involved a streaker running across the field. Fox's cameras never showed him, either. According to a Fox spokesman, there isn't a networ…

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I highly recommend "Marshall," the movie about NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which I saw a few weekends ago at the North Park Theatre. It hasn't exactly been a big box office hit. The film with a reported $12 million budget reportedly earned about $8 million through last weekend. It deserves a much bigger audience and box office tak…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles is returning to the air on Monday, General Manager Dominic Mancuso said today. Postles has been off for several weeks with a medical issue that Mancuso previously said he wasn't been able to discuss because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, that protects the confidentiality of a person's…

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The 30-minute documentary, "Ralph," from WNED-TV on the life and legacy of the late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, will get a preview screening at the PBS station on Monday night before airing at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. The program from WNED's chief program officer John Grant will deal with Wilson's life and legacy and is funded by New Era Cap Company, with additional …

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I miss the days that former Erie County Democratic chairman Joe Crangle used to go on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) television and give a good indication or predict who would win key races after looking at which localities the turnout was coming from. That thought came to mind while watching former Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan and former Republican Deputy County Executive Carl…