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Here are several of the top things I learned from listening to two NBC Sports conference calls and reading some releases about coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles: The Hogan family: New England wide receiver Chris Hogan arguably is one of the more popular players with Buffalo ties in Sunday's Super Bowl…

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President Trump and The National Football League have been at odds this season, but they do have one thing in common. A lot more people in Western New York claimed they weren't going to watch them than actually followed through on the threat. President Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night had a combined 24.7 local rating on the eight primary channel…

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University at Buffalo graduate Liam McHugh had a couple of favorite sports announcers growing up on Long Island as a New York Giants, New York Knicks and New York Islanders fan. "Frankly, like most people, I really loved watching Bob Costas," the NBC Sports host said in a telephone interview. "I think Bob is the best." On Sunday, McHugh will be the sportscaster being…

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Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel has been carrying his National Hockey League team, but he couldn't carry the National Hockey League past the National Football League in the local battle of All-Star games Sunday. The NHL game Sunday, in which Eichel had a goal and two assists, had an adjusted 5.7 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the local NBC affiliate. That is about what …

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Kate Welshofer is a television natural who is talented and full of charm and personality. That is clear from the first week watching WGRZ-TV's new hire introduce herself to the "Daybreak" audience. Let's call her the Why Woman. As in, why is she on "Daybreak," using a person dressed in an elephant's costume to address what she called "the elephant in the room": "W…

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BURBANK, Calif. – A framed poster in Nick Bakay's office at the Warner Brothers studio here makes a visitor laugh as loud as one of the better lines in his CBS series "Mom." The "Talkin' Proud" poster was a Secret Santa gift from a "Mom" writer who heard about the famous jingle and Chamber of Commerce campaign that was popularized a few years after Bakay graduated from …

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Former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones is leaving "The John Murphy Show" that is carried on WGR 550 AM radio and MSG after two seasons. Mark Preisler, executive vice president of media and content at Pegula Sports and Entertainment, confirmed Jones' departure in an email. He said Jones will be leaving in the coming months "to pursue other opportunities closer to …

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Buffalo writer-producer Diane English is returning to network television with the revival of the program that brought her to national prominence in the late 1980s: "Murphy Brown." CBS announced Tuesday that it has ordered 13 episodes for an update of the classic sitcom set in a fictional TV news magazine, which ran from 1988-1998. The network added that Candice Berge…

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Every time I attend the Television Critics Association tour it is a reminder that the job is an impossible one. I'm usually reminded of that by FX chief executive officer John Landgraf, who estimates the number of scripted series that are available each year. But I missed Landgraf's news conference in Pasadena, Calif., where he reportedly said there were 487 scripted…

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WBEN afternoon co-host Tom Bauerle returned to the air Monday after recuperating from open-heart surgery last month. He shared some of his medical experiences on the program on his first day back. According to an article posted at wben.com, Bauerle's quadruple bypass open-heart surgery at Gates Vascular Institute was a success. He was hospitalized Dec. 3. According to t…

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This is what I'm thinking: Some alert readers have noted that an additional sub-channel has joined the WGRZ lineup. The channel Quest, described as a "new multicast adventure and exploration network," has had a soft launch and will have its formal launch on Monday. Channel 2's owner, TEGNA, has a minority ownership stake. According to Channel 2 General Manager Jim…

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Hate them or REALLY hate them, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Jacksonville Coach Doug Marrone are big TV draws in Western New York. The Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars Sunday afternoon in the AFC title game had a 36.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4). That is only slightly lower than the 38.1 average for Buffalo Bills regular season games here. …

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BURBANK, Calif. — After writing a column about "This Is Us" Monday, I headed to the Burbank airport to catch a flight to Las Vegas, the first leg on my trip home. What were the odds that I would run into a star of the NBC series on my flight? And were the odds greater that we would have aisles seats across from each other? But there I was Monday afternoon sitting acr…

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If anyone exemplifies the expression "time flies when you are having fun," it is former WGRZ-TV co-anchor John Beard. By "former," I mean Beard really, really has ended his run as the co-anchor of the No. 1 morning program "Daybreak" on Thursday morning. It was an eight-year run, though Beard continues to say it was seven years. Presumably he missed a year because he…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) opens its new 6:30 p.m. newscast on WNLO-TV (CW 23) by telling viewers it is from the station with "the most local news." But off the abysmal ratings for the first two nights of "News 4 at 6:30," the question is: Can there be too much local news? Monday's opener of the newscast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day co-anchored by Christy Kern and Dave Gre…