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Another chapter has started in the dispute between WNED-TV and “Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton involving the possible reboot of the popular PBS children’s series for Netflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WNED-TV is now suing Burton, for the continued use of the tagline “But you don’t have to take my word for it” on his podcast "Levar Burton Reads."…

This is what I'm thinking: WIVB-TV (Channel 4) sportscaster Tom Martin had a nice smooth and quick goodbye on the 11 p.m. newscast Wednesday after confirming my late July report that the University of Missouri graduate is headed to the Kansas City station where former Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy is working. Martin called his time at Channel 4 "an amazing two y…

A Sports on the Air special: Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott isn't exactly Rex Ryan in front of TV cameras, which many, if not most fans, believe is a good thing. But like the former blustering coach, the low-key McDermott will be doing television and radio shows this upcoming season. "The Sean McDermott Show" will be simulcast at 11 a.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV (Cha…

Seldom have you heard a discouraging word about the Buffalo Bills trade of Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft choice. The local media has been extremely supportive, citing Watkins' injury-prone career and the chance he would cost a ton of money next year if he has a terrific season. The local media support has been so str…

News and notes from around the dial ... ... Channel 7 has moved "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to 9 a.m. Sunday, where it will directly face NBC's more popular "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) as well as "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" on WUTV (Channel 29). In other words, political junkies should get their DVRs ready. Chann…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) viewers will be seeing more of anchor Lia Lando, who has been temporarily anchoring the Sunday newscasts as a vacation fill-in. Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse confirmed that Lando will be the permanent Sunday anchor starting in September. That's when Hannah Buehler, the former Sunday anchor, will be moving to anchor the new 7 p.m. weekday…

Two misanthropic New York City writers struggle to become famous for their work, and blame everyone else along the way. Title: Difficult People Year It Began: 2015 Where It Can Be Seen: Hulu Who’s In It: Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, Andrea Martin, Gabourey Sidibe, Cole Escola Typical Episode Length: 30 minutes Number of Episodes to Dat…

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…

I've got a few things to say to some people. So here are open letters to them all: ... To Anthony Scaramucci, Monday's Guest on Stephen Colbert's "Late Night...": Dear Mooch: (Why have a nickname that good if people can't use it?) Undoubtedly, you've heard from Trumpsters (if not himself ), alt-righters and Breitbartians galore ever since Colbert erupted with t…

It might not have meant much, but the Buffalo Bills 17-10 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night predictably was the highest-rated TV show of the summer in Western New York. The three-hour game in Coach Sean McDermott's debut had a 20.0 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC affiliate. That was only slightly down from the 20.3 rating for the 2016 p…

WGRZ-TV's Adam Benigni was a team player Thursday when it was announced Scott Levin is returning to the Delaware Avenue station in September as co-anchor after less than three months working at West Herr Automotive Group. Benigni, the sports director who has been filling in as the news co-anchor alongside Maryalice Demler, appeared to be the leading candidate for Levin'…

Less than three months after leaving WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to work in the car industry, Channel 2 co-anchor Scott Levin is returning to the NBC affiliate as co-anchor alongside Maryalice Demler. The station made the announcement this morning on its website. Since Levin left in May, sports director Adam Benigni had been the news co-anchor alongside Demler. It is unclear…

If you were one of the many Western New Yorkers hooked on Wednesday's highly-rated Part One of the ABC documentary series "The Story of Diana," this news might make you want to shout. The Buffalo Bills preseason opener with the Minnesota Vikings carried by WKBW-TV (Channel 7) preempts Thursday night's Part 2. The ABC affiliate plans to air Part 2 at 1 p.m. Sunday. It…

Kirk Cameron, the '80s TV sitcom star turned evangelical Christian, will bring his national "Love Worth Fighting For" tour Aug. 25 to the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence. Cameron, who is best known for his starring role in the TV show "Growing Pains," and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield will lead the three-hour event that starts at 7 p.m. and features the s…

Inquiring minds want to know: Who are the announcers for the Buffalo Bills preseason opener against Minnesota at 7 p.m. Thursday carried by Channel 7? The plans are the same as last preseason. Steve Tasker will be the analyst on all four preseason games. All games are televised live, which can't help ticket sales for what amounts to practice games. Rob Stone will be the…