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Say a temporary goodbye to talk show host "T.D. Jakes" after Friday's episode on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) at 2 p.m. Not that many Western New Yorkers have actually said hello to Jakes' show. It averaged a 0.5 rating in May and finished tied fourth in its time slot, even losing to "Bonanza" reruns on WBBZ-TV by a 2-1 margin. Jakes' show will be replaced at 2 p.m. Monday…

A few weeks before the July 13 arrival of Emmy nominations, the Television Critics Association announced its 33rd Annual Awards nominations  this week to recognize the best work in the 2016-17 TV season. The TCA Awards have different categories and the Emmys typically ignore some of the TCA nominees and winners in much the same way the Oscars may ignore the Golden Glob…

It's answer time. Many of my readers rely on this blog to explain what is going on in local television. First up: The New York Mets, who are dealing with a lot of injuries that have hurt their season. They are 31-37, 10 games behind Washington in the National League East. Some of the team's games have suddenly and surprisingly appeared on cable's Spectrum Sports. …

Oh, brother. CBS has given Western New Yorkers an extra reason to watch the new season of the reality series "Big Brother." Mark Jansen, a 26-year-old personal trainer from Grand Island, is one of the 16 houseguests in the new season competing for $500,000. To read more about Jansen, who describes himself as "fun, strong and thoughtful,"click here. The houseguests…

I stayed out of the Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones controversy before her interview with the nutty conspiracy theorist aired. Over the years, I've often seen pre-show hysteria become unwarranted. I remember when the CBS movie "The Reagans" was supposed to be a hit job, the content in "NYPD Blue" was supposed to be so despicable that many ABC affiliates wouldn't show the pilot, …

This is what I'm thinking: A nurse practitioner at a health clinic on Genesee Street turned media critic in a Buffalo News story Sunday about Buffalo's most dangerous neighborhood. "Everyone is not going to shoot you," said Takesha Leonard of the residents there. "But if all you watch is that television, I would never walk foot in here." I sympathize. Television n…

Notes left on the cutting room floor: My favorite HBO show is "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" because the host often addresses things that I don't notice. A few Sundays ago, Oliver discovered a secret about the legendary CBS news magazine "60 Minutes." He showed correspondents on the program putting words in the mouths of interview subjects, who just repeated them.…

Shemika Charles of Buffalo, a two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for the limbo, hit a new high for her routine Tuesday night. As the audience and judges of the NBC reality program "America's Got Talent" gasped and gave some amazed looks, Charles' routine was highlighted by her ability to slowly limbo underneath the undercarriage of a truck as the Sia song "C…

Western New York is considered to be a much bigger hockey market than basketball market. But the just-concluded National Hockey League and National Basketball Association finals illustrate the love of both professional sports on local television is very close. Golden State's 129-120 victory over Cleveland Monday night in Game 5 of their series to win the NBA title ha…

Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the hockey season is over, are you ready for some football programming? At 9 tonight, MSG Western New York premieres a Buffalo Bills production, "The Top 10 Moments in Bills History." The fast-moving program, which will be competing with the start of Game 5 of the NBA playoffs between Golden State and Cleveland…

I'm a numbers guy. I started college as a math major before switching to a dual major of journalism and political science. So I enjoy looking over ratings and explaining what they mean in the television business. People can forget TV is a business. It is increasingly becoming a more difficult one for broadcast networks. Critics – and I include myself – often overemp…

The testimony of former FBI director James Comey in a Senate hearing Thursday morning and afternoon had about twice the local rating of Pittsburgh's 6-0 rout of Nashville Thursday night in game five of the Stanley Cup Final. Comey's testimony detailing his uncomfortable and awkward dealings with President Donald Trump had a 14.8 local household rating on the top six bro…

John Zach isn't the only local radio legend joining WECK (AM 1230 & FM 102.9) next month under the live and local programming lineup being put together under new owner Buddy Shula. Shula, whose real name is William Ostrander, announced today that Harv Moore, Jon Summers, Gail Ann Huber and Danny Neaverth will have roles on July 10 when WECK becomes a 24-hour, full-s…

Kate Glover wasn't WGRZ Channel 2's news director long enough to become a household name, but the station's general manager, Jim Toellner, decided Wednesday she was at the station long enough. A Western New York native who was hired in September, Glover was fired Wednesday after only eight months on the job. Toellner announced the move in a brief memo to the station …

The popularity of the conservative Fox News channel in prime time has reportedly taken a national hit and is facing increased pressure from its liberal cable news competitor, MSNBC. Inquiring minds want to know: What is happening in Buffalo? The advantage Fox News has over its rivals remains strong in Western New York, where it has been a popular choice of cable news…