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 s 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…

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. Title: “Cinco” Year: 2017 Where It Can Be Seen: Netflix Who’s In It: Jim Gaffigan Length: 1 hour 13 minutes Brief plot des…

This is what I’m thinking: 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…