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Inquiring minds want to know: Is there any update on the condition of WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles? He has been out for more than three weeks with a medical issue that Channel 4 General Manager Dominic Mancuso hasn't been able to discuss because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that protects the confidentiality of a…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) needs ABC to come up with a 10 p.m. hit to serve as a decent 11 p.m. news lead-in. And the network is really trying to find one. Three of its five new programs air at 10 p.m., one of which is co-created by a Western New Yorker. Since it doesn't have a prime time sports franchise like NBC (Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football), Fox …

The only Fox program that I watch regularly is "Lethal Weapon" and I'm not alone in Western New York. That doesn't look like it is going to change in 2017. "LW," which was based on the hit movies, was the highest-rated Fox program here last season after live viewing and seven days later, barely edging the retired "Bones" and the national hit "Empire." WUTV (Channe…

Cheers to a couple of actors from Buffalo. South Buffalo native Billy Griffin Jr. was on the stage for Sunday's Emmy Awards because he was part of the cast of the Netflix movie "Black Mirror: San Junipero" movie that was named outstanding TV movie of the year. He also has appeared in "Outlander" and the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins." Jay Hunter, who a reader noted …

A year after "This Is Us" illustrated that network television still can deliver a hit, viewers may look at NBC's fall schedule and ask: "This Is It?" With the NFL taking Sunday and Thursday nights for much of the early season, NBC is premiering only three new series this fall and one of them, "Will & Grace," is a reboot of a series that ended in 2006 and another is …

How bad is the CW reboot of "Dynasty," the 1980s hit ABC soap opera about the super-rich Carrington family that ran during the greed is good era in America when "Dallas" also was a huge hit on CBS? Real bad. The star of the series, Grant Show ("Melrose Place"), has aged much better than the series. But you probably knew it would be bad. The key question is it so b…

If you watched Sunday's Emmy Awards, you are probably sick of all the promos for the new CBS series that will begin premiering next week. I certainly know I'm tired of all the promos about old Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal to Amy (Mayim Bialik). But those countless Emmy promos may have made Western New Yorkers, who watch CBS traditional programs at a high…

The dirty little secret of reviewing is critics often have to miss the important moments of shows they review to make their deadlines. This is my way of saying I missed the last 30 minutes of Monday night's Emmy Awards when the big awards were given out on CBS because I was writing. But I watched after I finished and tweeted about what I missed. Here are edited versi…

It wasn't a high-scoring game, but the Buffalo Bills' 9-3 loss to Carolina Sunday afternoon scored in the local ratings. The game had a 36.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked at a 43.0 in the final minutes when the Bills were driving for a potential winning touchdown that never happened. That's about 8 percent higher than the 33.5 rati…

Marty Biron and Brian Duff won't be taking their new act on the road with the Buffalo Sabres this season. Biron, who replaces Brad May on this season's pregame, intermission and postgame shows, and Duff will be working the team's road games from the TV studio at New Era Field. Mark Preisler, executive vice president of media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertai…

Stephen Colbert has had better nights and better Donald Trump jokes nightly on his CBS' "Late Show" than he did on Sunday night's Emmy monologue. But to his credit, he was willing to be upstaged by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer came on near the end of Colbert's opening to laughably declare the Emmy audience would be the largest in the world, whi…

At some point near the end of the first half of the Buffalo Bills' 9-3 loss to Carolina Sunday, CBS analyst Rich Gannon said "what a difference a week makes." He was referring to the performance of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who had a much stronger first half against the Bills than he had in Carolina's season opening victory over San Francisco. The cliché also…

I know nothing. That was the best lesson I learned as a naïve college freshman who believed the government didn't mislead or lie to its citizens a half century ago at SUNY-Stony Brook. I sat down with a 15 or 16-year-old fellow freshman from New York City for two or three hours in 1966 as he educated me about the history of Vietnam, starting with the involvement of the…

Inquiring minds want to know: Did WIVB-TV's decision to replace Brittni Smallwood with newcomer Melanie Orlins have any impact on the station's ratings in Orlins' first month as co-anchor of the morning program "Wake Up!"? The short answer is not much. Of course, the bigger question is whether Western New York viewers will stay with the new "Wake Up!" team of Orlins …

Sylvia Bennett, the senior vice president of development and corporate communications, is leaving the station on Oct. 20 to become the head of development with the University of California, Berkeley’s Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). In an email, Bennett explained: "Berkeley is my alma mater and I am originally from the Bay Area. This will be a welcome r…