TV - The Buffalo News

A regular reader of this blog knows that one of my reality show fears is that someone from Western New York will be appearing as a contestant and I'll have to watch it after going kicking and screaming. So imagine my pain when I learned that a WNYer is one of the competitors in the coming Fox reality show, "Kicking & Screaming," "that teams 10 expert survivalists wi…

Pray for Jimmy Kimmel. He's almost all that is likely to separate the 89th Academy Awards from a mass audience snoozefest Sunday evening. Movie pros and fanatics will feel differently. The year 2016 was a very good one for movies and the movies and performances that are up for awards are very good ones. But none is the sort that make for gripping television for an a…

Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to the face of (WIVB-TV) Channel 4 anchor Don Postles? No jokes please. Postles is sporting a black eye and other facial injuries after slipping on his icy driveway in Amherst on Feb. 12 on his way to retrieving the Sunday Buffalo News. "I am blaming The Buffalo News," cracked Postles. "It was the one day we had ice a…

Every time I leave town and turn on local television news in the city I visit, I get a new appreciation of how often Buffalo's local TV news carries things that matter to the Western New York community. On Sunday, I mentioned a story about a psychic on a Los Angeles newscast anchored by former Channel 4 anchor-reporter Glen Walker had me quickly searching for the remote…

South Buffalo's Patrick Kane and his Chicago Blackhawks are a big TV draw in Western New York. The high-scoring NBA All-Star game Sunday? Not so much. On a night with the premieres of three high profile entertainment programs, not much of anything did that well Sunday here except the Buffalo Sabres' 5-1 loss to Kane's Blackhawks that ended the home team's winning str…

On the day that protesters were outside the closed Amherst office of Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican congressman was shown in a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin. At one point during the interview conducted last week at a Clarence diner, Collins appeared to surprise or even stun Levin with a comment on the mainstream media. After Levin asked i…

To no one's surprise, the new owner of WIVB-TV and sister station WNLO-TV have replaced General Manager Rene LaSpina. I reported a month ago that LaSpina expected to be let go shortly after Nexstar Media Group's purchase of the Media General station was approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It was approved last month. However, it was a little surprising …

Since May 2016, The Buffalo News has published a series called "You Should Be Watching," which suggests enticing shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more streaming networks. Here's a rundown of the shows we've discussed - spoiler-free - from deranged themes like those in "Bates Motel," the violence in "Dexter" and the cultural relevance of "The Hollow Crown." Feb. 20,…

Let's start first with Chelsea Clinton and "Wayne's World." At the beginning of the Clinton presidency, Dana Carvey and Mike Myers took the opportunity to make jokes about her  looks on their popular "Wayne's World" segment of "Saturday Night Live." The angry howls -- mine among them -- were deafening for a simple reason: It was unforgivable. They could argue all th…

If you seek exciting espionage adventure that links family conflicts with international relations, then binge-watch "Alias." Featuring Jennifer Garner as the coolest spy in television history and J. J. Abrams’ impeccable production values, "Alias" is a thrilling treat. Title: "Alias" Year it began: 2001 Where it can be seen: Netflix (DVD only), Hulu. Who’s …

Three separate mysteries clobber you right at the beginning of HBO's terrific "Big Little Lies" (9 p.m. Sunday). The first two are about a murder you are told about right away even though you're not told either the victim or the killer. I've now seen the first four episodes of the mini-series and at the end of those episodes you still don't know. The third mystery is…

It rains in California in January. I sort of knew that. But I didn’t realize how much until spending nine days in Pasadena to catch up on what is happening for the rest of the TV season. Here are some of the more interesting things I learned over the nine days: Fox Gave NBC “This Is Us”: That’s right, a network dying for a new hit gave it to a competitor. …

Stephen Colbert may bash President Trump in his monologue nightly on "The Late Show," but he also owes him a huge thank you. Once thought to possibly be in jeopardy of losing his time slot to popular CBS teammate James Corden of "The Late, Late Show," Colbert is having a local and national rating surge opposite NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." And Colbert'…

 The dramatic 2015 prison break at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, which involved a onetime City of Tonawanda resident, will be the focus of a Lifetime movie in April. "NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell" will premiere at 8 p.m. April 23. Penelope Ann Miller ("American Crime," "Men of a Certain Age") plays Mitchell, a married mother of …

This is what I'm thinking: The most disturbing part of Western New York native Christine Baranski playing the wife of Rep. Chris Collins on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night was the script may have been amusing but it wasn't that funny. I didn't laugh once. Baranski, who is an occasional guest star on "The Big Bang Theory," is an exceptional ac…