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It was the one of the worst scripts she had ever read. That's what actress Tara Reid recalls about seeing the script for a film called "Dark Skies" a few years back. "I read it and thought 'are you kidding me?," the actress said on a break between costume fittings on a recent day off. "It's the silliest movie I've ever read. It's so bad, so stupid and so silly. " …

The movie that spawned a pop-culture phenomenon also spawned an entire week of programming. The Syfy channel's popular "Sharknado Week" launches at 8 a.m. July 30 and continues through Aug. 6 with a "Sharknado" marathon leading up to the premiere of "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming." The nearly non-stop programming unleashes six new killer-shark movies, in addition to s…

It is fair to say that former Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan would rather be at St. John Fisher College today preparing for the start of the Bills training camp than in Los Angeles in front of the nation's television critics to talk about his new role as a football analyst on ESPN. In a wide-ranging, 30-minute telephone interview prior to the Los Angeles news conference, a refl…

If you are one of the viewers who were disappointed that Grit TV disappeared from one of WUTV's digital channels, 29.3, be advised that you can now catch the channel on one of WKBW-TV's digital channels, 7.4. You may have to reprogram your digital tuner to get it. A reader noted that there has been a problem with closed captioning. Channel 7 General Manager Michael N…

This could be the rare year the Williamsville Central School District's Wall of Fame induction ceremony could attract national attention. I suspect it may be an extreme long shot, but the woman Ben Affleck has been romantically linked with is being honored on the wall during an Oct. 27 breakfast at the Park Country Club. Numerous gossip reporters have romantically li…

Inquiring minds want to know: Where is WIVB-TV sportscaster Tom Martin headed? Unless there is a last-minute snag, I am hearing that Martin is headed to Kansas City, the No. 33 TV market in the country, after his Channel 4 contract expires in mid-August. That's a TV market 20 spots ahead of Buffalo. It also is where former Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy is workin…

A Cheektowaga native who has worked in small television markets in Maine and Georgia has been hired by WKBW-TV (Channel 7) to be a sports reporter and backup sports anchor. Jenna Callari, currently a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at WLTZ in Columbus, Ga., will be the replacement for Nick Filipowski, who is leaving Channel 7 at the end of the month. Columbus …

This is what I'm thinking: The anchor of WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) 11 p.m. Sunday newscast might have looked familiar to veteran local TV news watchers. Lia Lando was a temporary anchor at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) seven years ago after anchor-reporter Lisa Flynn left the station. Lando, a former Rochester anchor, co-anchored 5:30 p.m. weekdays on Channel 4 and at 10 p.m. o…

These guys don’t go fishing. They don’t spend time with a stamp collection. They don’t watch baseball. Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, title characters of the animated comedy “Rick and Morty,” give a different look to the grandpa-grandson relationship. Think of it like this — the duo is one part kindhearted teenager while the other is an alcoholic mad scientis…

One of the guiltiest of summer TV's guilty pleasures is the latest season of "Big Brother" on CBS. The show, in which a group of strangers live together in a home under constant surveillance and compete with each other for a chance to win $500,000, has a local twist this year: Mark Jansen of Grand Island is one of the houseguests. This blog will keep readers up to date per…

Jeffrey Toobin wasn't having any of it. The legal experts, Toobin included, had been telling us for weeks that the parole of O.J. Simpson following his incarceration for a robbery was a "slam dunk" but even so, the only things missing when the announcement came were actual steam coming out of Toobin's ears and venom stains burning holes in his tie. After the parole w…

My ears were burning during Channel 2 sports anchor Jonah Javad's commentary on the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast. He didn't mention my name, but he seemed to be responding to my view that he overreacted to a harmless tweet by former Buffalo Bill cornerback Stephon Gilmore about "finally" getting more TV time now that he is a New England Patriot. After showing a shorter …

Four University at Buffalo mathletes will try to make some reality show history on Sunday night and some Western New York food and transportation history will be on display Monday night. The Mathletes – that's their team name – from UB are one of six teams competing in Sunday's two-hour season finale of the NBC reality show, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge." It ai…

WIVB-TV sports reporter and anchor Tom Martin is ending his strong two-year run at the CBS affiliate in August after his contract runs out. Martin, who arrived here in August of 2015 after spending two years at a Lafayette, La. station, immediately impressed and apparently has attracted the attention of a bigger market. In a brief telephone interview, Martin confirme…

It's been almost two months since anchor Scott Levin left WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) and sports director Adam Benigni has primarily taken his role alongside co-anchor Maryalice Demler. However, there hasn't been any decision on whether Benigni will be permanently named to the job as the Buffalo Bills season and the new TV season nears in September. Normally, you would expec…