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Notes, quotes and ratings from a dial-switcher during March Madness: At first glance, the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a huge hit, with ratings up 50 percent on the local CBS affiliate, WIVB-TV, compared to a year ago. But a closer look shows that the huge gain is largely the result of the 2016 tournament tanking here a year ago. Going into Saturday's natio…

Buffalo native Stephen Nathan left his full-time position on the Fox series "Bones" a few years ago, but he came back briefly to say goodbye to a show that has been in his bones for more than a decade. Nathan, who had been the showrunner for several years, is given a "story by" credit for the Tuesday series finale (9 p.m., WUTV). If you watched last Tuesday's episode…

The streaming service Netflix thinks it knows its customers as well as Jerry and George know each other on “Seinfeld.” While looking for “Love” months ago, Netflix advised me that I might also enjoy another romantic comedy, “Lovesick.” And it was right. British humor doesn’t always translate well across the pond. But “Lovesick” is an excellent compa…

"Bones" ends on Tuesday. And that's not a moment too soon. Please understand: I was a staunch fan of the show when it first went on the air 12 seasons ago and remained a loyalist through its precipitous decline the last few seasons. Watching it now is like going to dinner at the houses of very old friends or relatives who, for some reason, feel no compunctions whatso…

I'm feeling concerned -- even frightened -- for WNED-TV and its viewers because the Trump administration proposed a budget that eliminates funding to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting in 2018. With that in mind, I feel it is my civic duty to preview the station's programming plans over the next few months. WNED-TV's president and chief executive officer Donald K…

As expected, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) "Daybreak" co-anchor John Beard has been convinced to stay at the station beyond June, the first date he extended a departure originally planned for the end of 2016. In a brief interview, he said his decision to stay for an additional six months until the end of 2017 was made even before Monday's announcement that Channel 2's lead male a…

If you were at KeyBank Center a week ago, you might have thought Western New York was heavily engrossed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But the local TV ratings indicate that with only two exceptions, the Buffalo games and a game with a WNY coaching angle were really the only ones that were must-see TV here during the first two rounds of March Madness. Only …

Tuesday night wasn't the same for many of us because the NBC hit "This Is Us" finished its season early. I'm going to miss it and the healthy debates I often have with my fiancée about the behavior of the Pearson family. "Us" and "Blue Bloods" are the only network programs we regularly watch together because we are so invested in the families involved and the ethica…

A single Buffalo mother juggling her career and family is offered guidance on finding a balance in her life and work on "Steve Harvey" airing at 1 p.m. March 22 on WUTV (Fox). Two years ago, Felicia Stanley was promoted to chief of staff to Common Council President Darius Pridgen which meant she needed to be available for night meetings and weekends - basically 24/7. Th…

WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is back in the regularly scheduled sportscast game on its 6 p.m. news. The return to a regular sportscast began Monday after almost a two-year absence under the previous regime under former News Director Scott Levy and former General Manager Rene LaSpina. Dominic Mancuso, the new general manager, and news director Lisa Polster made the decision to…

WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin is leaving the station in two months to take a management job with the West Herr Auto Group. "I want to go out on top," said Levin Monday afternoon in a brief interview. "It has been a great ride. It is time." Levin, 53, who became Channel 2's lead male anchor in 1998, said the station asked him to stay through the May sweeps…

The power and influence that local TV anchors and general managers have on the Western New York community apparently is in decline. At least that's the takeaway from the annual Business First survey of the 250 most powerful people here that was recently released. For the second straight year, the only television executive on the list is Donald K. Boswell, the preside…

I love basketball, which is why I haven't binge-watched the recently released, second season of "Love," the goofy romantic comedy from Netflix. Now that there are a few days between the next episodes of March Madness, you might join me and consider taking in "Love." Title: "Love" Began: 2016 Where It Can Be Seen: Netflix: Who's In It: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Ru…

It stuns me every time. ABC's "American Crime" – not to be confused with the FX network's "American Crime Story" – is now in its third season. You might think my amazement would have abated by now. Not even close. I'm more amazed by the new season that began last Sunday than I've ever been. The fact that it's happening on Sunday, the most watched night of the w…

Before Nexstar took over ownership of WIVB-TV in January, Channel 4’s staff was concerned about the scary nickname the company has because of its cost-cutting reputation: Deathstar. Contrary to that reputation, new general manager Dominic Mancuso has been busy filling the jobs that his predecessor, Rene LaSpina, left vacant. Station sources say 20-25 jobs weren’t fi…