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."
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 …
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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…
I cannot tell a lie, especially before Presidents' Day Weekend.
I really enjoyed watching the fictitious rich people in Monterey, Calif., prove that money doesn't buy happiness in the HBO limited series "Big Little Lies" that premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on the pay-channel.
I am ashamed of myself. Well, almost.
The series about little lies that become big issues wri…
If you are looking for a romantic comedy to enjoy on Valentine's Day, all you need is "Love" or "Lovesick."
I stumbled into the two comedies about modern love on Netflix in the past month and was pleasantly surprised by how goofy and charming they were.
"Love," which starts its second season shortly, is a Judd Apatow co-creation that stars Paul Rust as Gus Cruikshank…
The biggest professional mistake I ever made in my life? Easy. I didn't take "The Apprentice" seriously.
When it began 13 years ago, none of us had any idea that it would turn out to be one of the most important shows in the history of television.
So I felt quite safe and smug in my fatuous insistence on ignoring it. On those rare occasions when I'd deign to watch --…
Despite the star power of Adele and Beyonce, the local ratings for the Grammy Awards stumbled about 12 percent from a year ago.
But Alec Baldwin's appearance as guest host of "Saturday Night Live" led to season-high local and national ratings for the late-night program.
The Grammys had a 13.8 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate, down from a 15.7 rating locally…
It sounds like we can all use a laugh these days. Maybe it would be healthy to have the occasional laugh that is not about the president or the people who oppose him. Thankfully, comedian Jim Gaffigan is here to save the day.
Where It Can Be Seen: Netflix
Who’s In It: Jim Gaffigan
Length: 1 hour 13 minutes
Brief plot des…
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WKBW-TV has gone to an old practice rarely seen these days to try to attract viewers to its third-rated 11 p.m. weeknight newscast.
On Wednesday, the ABC affiliate started giving away the first of 17 iPad Air 2's during its 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts. It will give away one each weeknight through March 2, the day after the end of the Febr…
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Dan Dunleavy, who is replacing a vacationing Rick Jeanneret for a month on Buffalo Sabres play-by-play, is getting deserved plaudits for his call of Evander Kane’s winning goal off a feed from Jack Eichel in the Sabres’ 5-4 overtime win Tuesday over San Jose Tuesday. “Eichel carries, Kane buries,” said Dunleavy. I don’t envy him. H…
The greatest ever local Super Bowl rating for New England’s 34-28 overtime victory over Atlanta led WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, to declare it was the highest-rated program in Buffalo television history.
The 57.2 household rating for the game made it the highest-rated program in Buffalo TV history since meters began measuring ratings here in April of…
The ESPN tryout of Rex Ryan on Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t the greatest of all time, but the former Buffalo Bills coach was very comfortable in front of the microphone.
That shouldn’t be surprising since he won the news conference when he was hired, too.
The Classy Rex, not the Outrageous Rex who recently slammed his Bills experience, showed up for three hours along…
Denzel Washington couldn't have deserved his Oscar more for Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day."
He's up for an Oscar this year too for directing and starring in "Fences." And just as he did with "Training Day," what makes him so deserving is not just the power of his performance but the statement it's making. With "Fences," he is blatantly bringing a great American play and…