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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…

Jonah Javad got some national attention this week after he over-reacted Monday to a harmless tweet by former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who now is a member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Channel 2 sportscaster Heather Prusak delivered some self-congratulations for the station Tuesday, noting how many likes and retweets Javad's story received. Ja…

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams was announced Tuesday as the Undergraduate Student Choice for the 2017-18 University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, but he had a pressing question on Twitter. https://twitter.com/iJesseWilliams/status/887488697792253952 While Williams' query - perhaps a slight dig at Buffalo stereotypes - drew expected responses such a…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) reporter and anchor Hannah Buehler is about to get increased visibility on the station. She will be the anchor or host of a new 7 p.m. news program, "The Now," that Channel 7 will be premiering in September in conjunction with its owner, E.W. Scripps Co. Aaron Mentkowski will do the weather and a reporter to be named will also be part of the program.…

After almost a year since Teresa Weakley left WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate has announced her permanent replacement on the morning newscast "Wake Up!" Melanie Orlins, who most recently anchored the morning news at a Fox affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa., will join the station July 27 and become Jordan Williams' co-anchor on the morning newscast sometime after that. She will als…

Head over to Netflix where you'll find the listing for “Okja,” a new Netflix original film. Pictured is the title creature, a large, cuddly animal resembling a cross between a walrus, a hippo and an obese dog. Make no mistake, though, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is not a film for children. Instead it’s a brilliant, harsh, emotionally overwhelming story of corporate g…

Call it episode 8 of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: The Return" saga on Showtime – its actual title was "Gotta light?" But that's what we watchers are calling it. It was, three weeks ago, a historic moment in television history. Quite a few of us scored it that way after watching it in dumbfounded awe. We gathered to talk about it in the town square we're all congregating…

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…

By JOHN KOBLIN “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” lead the pack among Emmy Awards announced Thursday with 22 nominations each while HBO leads all networks with 110 nominations and Netflix comes in second with 91. Netflix scored three of seven Best Drama nominations with “Stranger Things,” “The Crown” and “House of Cards.” The awards show will …

It's news sure to light up the airwaves. The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2017. Here's a look. Pete Weber. Currently the voice of the Nashville Predators, Weber's Buffalo career began in 1976 on WEBR Newsradio 970. He covered the spectrum of Buffalo sports – Bills, Braves and Sabres. A native of Galesburg, Ill., he now live…

If you seek supremely silly sketch comedy, then binge-watch the BBC’s wonderfully wacky “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” This is British comedy so bizarre and bodacious it will make you spill both your tea and crumpets. Title: "Monty Python’s Flying Circus" Year it began: 1969 Where it can be seen: Amazon; Netflix; iTunes; Seeso Who’s in it: Graham C…

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…

At a time when some worry about where America is going, it’s wise to learn more about where we’ve been. If you want a beautifully filmed look at the social and military origins of the United States, then binge-watch PBS’s “Liberty!” Title: “Liberty!” Year it began: 1997 Where it can be seen: PBS, DVD Who’s in it: Philip Bosco, Peter Donaldson, V…

One of the guiltiest of summer TV's guilty pleasures returned this week when the latest season of "Big Brother" premiered 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 $500,00, has a local twist this year: Mark Jansen of Grand Island is one of the houseguests. This blog wi…