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Alan Pergament


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St. Bonaventure University and University at Buffalo fans are going to party like it is 1970 tonight as both play in televised games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Regrettably, the majority of the two games are expected to be played at the same time so fans are going to have to be creative to watch them simultaneously. They can do so by watching one of the …

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Call it March Scheduling Madness. The odds of two Western New York college basketball teams qualifying for the NCAA men's tournament have been pretty long over the past half century. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure qualified this March for the field of 68 to give the region two teams in the tournament for the first time since 1970 when Bona and Niagara …

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Kate Welshofer has made a quick positive impression on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) viewers since arriving in late January. Now she gets a chance to impress a national audience. Welshofer, who primarily has appeared on Channel 2's "Daybreak" as a feature reporter and occasional co-anchor since arriving from an Albany cable station, will be one of four co-hosts next week on th…

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If any TV market in the country was more likely to watch the 2006 O.J. Simpson interview that Fox ran Sunday night opposite the premiere of ABC's "American Idol," you might have thought it would be Buffalo. After all, Simpson was a celebrated Bill before his mighty fall in the so-called "Trial of the Century" for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her…

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It appears that WIVB-TV (Channel 4) made a makeup call on Monday night. After the station waited 17 minutes into its 11 p.m. Sunday newscast to run the story about the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure making the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Channel 4 led its 11 p.m. Monday newscast with the news that the UB women's team received an at-large bid into the NC…

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Since it was the first time in almost a half century since two Western New York teams qualified for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, I watched all three local newscasts at 11 p.m. to see how they covered this historic event. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) led its newscast with video of the excitement where the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure got the news that the te…

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Bennett Graebner, the City Honors graduate who is one of the showrunners of ABC's "The Bachelor," witnessed the breakup that rocked Bachelor Nation but he didn't see the outcry coming. But everyone who regularly watches the reality series, including my daughter and my physical therapist, is talking about the debacle in which Arie Luyendyk Jr. ditched the first woman he …

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A regular reader of my columns probably realizes I was predisposed to love "Rise," the new NBC high school musical drama series that premieres at 10 p.m. March 13 after the season finale of "This Is Us." "Rise" is created by Jason Katims, the writer and showrunner of two of my all-time favorite series that dealt with complicated family relationships, "Friday Night Light…

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Since the Academy Awards program on ABC Sunday was the lowest-rated in history nationally, inquiring minds want to know where the program ranked in Western New York history. It also was lowest-rated Oscar program since meters began measuring viewing here in April 2000. However, the 10 percent local rating decline from a year ago was lower than the national decline of…

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During an ABC press conference in Pasadena, Calif., two months ago for the new version of "American Idol," judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan couldn't name any of the final three winners of the singing competition. Ryan Seacrest, who was the host of the Fox version that ended its 15-year run in April of 2016 and returns as the host for the ABC version, didn…

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Western New York native Jeff Glor is getting a hometown boost as anchor of "The CBS Evening News." But the February sweeps results three months after Glor got the high-profile job illustrate he has an uphill battle nationally. That isn't that surprising since CBS has had a long history of being No. 3 nationally in the nightly news race, and it is a marathon and not a…

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When it comes to sweeps periods, personnel at local stations can do more spinning than an ice dancer at the Winter Olympics. The Pyeongchang Olympics dominated television for 18 days in February, which means this is a difficult sweeps period to judge and it may not have lasting impact. Here are my top 12 takeaways after looking at all the spin: Channel 4 did well:…

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Many local National Hockey League fans were upset and stunned Saturday night when NBC sent the scoreless final four minutes of Washington's 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in an outdoor game to its cable sports network NBCSN. But not that many fans here were watching. The game, which had a 15-minute delay, had a 2.1 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the local NBC a…

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Every time I watch Jimmy Kimmel, I wonder why more Western New Yorkers don't watch his ABC late-night program. Kimmel was the best thing about Sunday's 3 hour, 48 minute Academy Awards program, highlighted by his monologue joke about the Oscar statue being an ideal male. Like Oscar and his hands, Kimmel keeps his jokes where they belong. His jokes have bite, but not …

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Is America tired of the saga of the disgraced former American football idol, O.J. Simpson? Does America really care that the singing competition series "American Idol" is coming back? Those two questions can be answered by Nielsen after "American Idol" and a controversial 12-year-old Simpson special that never aired collide a week from Sunday. ABC announced severa…