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For the first time this season, Buffalo fans will get to hear former Bills star James Lofton as a CBS analyst this Sunday. Lofton will be working the Bills-Oakland game alongside play-by-play man Andrew Catalon. Catalon had worked with Steve Tasker the past few NFL seasons and worked with the Bills former special teams' during Bills preseason games the past few years…

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If anyone feels worse than a New York Yankees fan about the Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series Saturday night, it has to be a Fox TV executive. Unlike Yankee teams of the past, this young squad led by Aaron Judge was likable. Like Yankee teams of the past, it also had the ratings power of the New York market behind them. H…

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The beautiful weather Sunday afternoon didn’t pull Buffalo Bills fans away from their television sets. The Bills' 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 36.7 rating on WUTV (Channel 29), the local Fox affiliate. It peaked at a 40.6 rating at game's end. It is the second-highest rating of the season, behind only a 36.9 rating for an earlier home victory o…

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It often wasn't easy picking up the flight of the ball on several field goal tries on the closed end of New Era Field during Fox's coverage of the Buffalo Bills' 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. It was a game-long issue, starting with the first field goal by Tampa's Patrick Murray that gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead. Fortunately, at the end of the game i…

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When the four major professional sports leagues in America have at least one game on the same day, it is called a Sports Equinox. It reportedly has happened just 17 times in history. Thursday night was the 17th time, which enables us to see the relative TV popularity of the sports locally. It was no contest: The NFL rules. Oakland's 31-30 regular season victor…

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When Lindsay Shookus was at Williamsville South High School 20 years ago, she performed "Saturday Night Live" sketches with a classmate. Now she heads the "SNL" department that books the hosts and the musical acts that perform on NBC's legendary late-night program. In an interview at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the small talent department office near Studio 8H where "SNL…

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The death of Canadian Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip this week has led CTV – which is available to Western New York fans on affiliate CFTO in Toronto -- to announce that it has moved up the premiere date of "Long Time Running," the film about the band's final tour, to 8 p.m. Friday. The 95-minute film, which follows the Hip's 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and final co…

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With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of "Daybreak" on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad. Javad has been doing Benigni's duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it. The key words are "if he wants it." In a Twitter mes…

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This is what I'm thinking: If you are a sports fan and were watching either NBC's "Sunday Night Football" or the Buffalo Sabres first win on MSG, you undoubtedly missed the Gronkowski family visit to ABC's "Shark Tank" a few nights ago. That appears to be pretty much all of you since the Sunday night episode had a low 2.7 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC …

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The bye week for the Buffalo Bills five weeks into the season is a good time to see if Western New York is less in love watching the National Football League on television. Despite the controversy surrounding some players protesting racial injustice during the playing of the National Anthem, the short answer is a qualified no. It is a "qualified" no because there are…

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The mystery surrounding where WGRZ-TV's (Channel 2) Adam Benigni was going to land was solved today when the station announced he will become the co-anchor of the morning program "Daybreak" alongside Melissa Holmes after John Beard exits at the end of the year. Until taking his "Daybreak" seat in January, Benigni will work on original stories and serve as a fill-in anch…

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Don Postles has been off the air from WIVB Channel 4 for more than a month and viewers seem to all have the same two questions on their minds: Is he coming back and when? The two answers are yes and soon. Sources say Postles was dealing with a couple of cracked ribs that led to his catching pneumonia and landing in the hospital. Sources add he has been rehabbing his …

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After all the publicity that Martin Biron received when he replaced Brad May on the Buffalo Sabres pregame, intermission and post-game segments, some readers wondered where he's been the last two games of the National Hockey League team's young season. The Sabres say Biron requested the time off early in the season for a planned family event. http://buffalonews.com/2…

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My favorite part of the original pilot of the CW reboot of "Dynasty" was an early crack that patriarch Blake Carrington made after hearing the original theme from the 1980s hit ABC soap opera and making fun of the music. So I am sad to report that crack disappeared from the start of the revised pilot of the series about the super-rich Carrington family. It airs at 9 p.m…

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With the Buffalo Bills a surprising 3-1 going into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, you might have expected the TV rating to hit a season-high. It didn't happen. Cincinnati's 20-16 victory had a 36.0 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. That is a strong rating but about 2 percent lower than the ratings for the Bills upsets the previ…