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Revisit the riveting world of "Shaka Zulu." If you seek epic historical drama, then binge-watch "Shaka Zulu." Telling the story of a Zulu military and political genius, "Shaka Zulu" is a first-rate miniseries. Title: "Shaka Zulu" Year it began: 1986 Where it can be seen: Netflix Who’s in it: Henry Cele, Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Dudu Mkhize, Conrad Magwaz…

May is almost over. So here is the list of TV shows you won't be seeing again in the fall: "American Crime," "The Catch," "Dr. Ken," "Imaginary Mary," "Last Man Standing," "Notorious," "The Real O'Neals," "Secrets and Lies." "Two Broke Girls," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," "The Great Indoors," "The Odd Couple," "Pure Genius," "Ransom," "Training Day." "Frequen…

A smorgasbord of notes before the holiday feasts: What now? That's the question following the classy goodbye Wednesday by former Channel 2 co-anchor Scott Levin on the final day of the May sweeps. It usually takes something seismic to change news viewing habits in Western New York. Levin's departure after almost 20 years as the station's primary male anchor could qua…

The classy goodbye by WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin Wednesday might not have been the only reason for staffers to cry at the end of the May sweeps. There is more good news in the May sweeps for WIVB-TV (Channel 4) than for Channel 2. During the 20-day rating period, Channel 2 lost its recent dominance in the 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. news block in househol…

Devoted fans of "Love Actually" have been wanting to see what has become of their favorite couples since the release of the 2003 romantic comedy. Tonight, they'll finally get their wish. "Red Nose Day Actually," a short film that reunites nearly the entire cast of "Love Actually," debuts in the U.S. at 10 tonight on NBC as part of "The Red Nose Day Special," an event th…

This is what I'm thinking and hearing: Channel 2 co-anchor Scott Levin said he doesn't have anything special planned for his last newscast alongside Maryalice Demler at 6 tonight before he leaves to work for the West Herr Automotive Group. "I'm a relatively simple guy," he wrote in a text. "Don't like a lot of fuss. I think Maryalice is putting together a short colla…

 The guest list for the two “Live with Kelly and Ryan” programs from Niagara Falls, Ont., will have a decidedly Canadian flavor. Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian actress who won a 2016 Emmy for playing multiple roles in the BBC America drama "Orphan Black," will join hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the program airing Monday, June 5. Canadian native Howie Man…

Notes left on the cutting room floor, with some new material added: What do former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo have in common? Besides, not making a Super Bowl? They both will be starting their second careers as broadcasters in the national spotlight. When CBS recently named Romo to replace Phil Simms as its…

"Master of None" is a marvelous show that offers the rapid-fire laughs of the best stand-up comedy along with insights about dating, parents and finding your way in the world. It's from the perspective of the Indian-American experience as only Aziz Ansari could deliver. The actor, best-known as Tom Haverford in NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," created and writes this sma…

My story about David Lynch and me begins with another great American film director entirely--Jonathan Demme who, sadly, just died at the age of 73. In the late 1970's, Gerald O'Grady's Media Study was such a charismatic concern on Delaware Avenue that its film curator Bruce Jenkins got Demme to come to Buffalo to show some movies and talk about them. He had already been…

Inquiring minds want to know: Who is going to replace WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Scott Levin, whose final broadcast is 6 p.m. Wednesday? Channel 2 sports director Adam Benigni, who has co-anchored the 5:30 p.m. newscast during the May sweeps and subbed for Levin Thursday when the veteran anchor was out sick, has been told that he would be taking Levin's place temporaril…

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is helping take care of his newborn son and couldn't make it to this week's ABC presentation in New York City to advertisers of its fall schedule. But he sent a letter in which he promised that he'd be back next season "on the off chance network television continues to exist." That kind of gallows humor is making the rounds as network TV …

It's 1982. The Republican candidate's name was Lew Lehrman. He ran for governor against the venerable Mario Cuomo, already something of a New York State institution. Lehrman was nothing of the sort. For the most part, he was known as the inventor and grand poobah of Rite-Aid. And yet when the final vote was tallied, Cuomo got 50 percent and Lehrman 47.5 percent. By l…

If you’re a fan of franchise movies and genre shows, you probably have one, two or all of these dates circled on the calendar. Here are all the sci-fi, fantasy and comics-based films and television shows set to debut this summer. At the movies “Alien: Covenant,” May 19. Director Ridley Scott helms another film in the science-fiction franchise he helped create i…

"Dynasty" is joining the back-to-the-future craze in network television with today's announcement than the CW is bringing back the 1980s ABC hit soap opera about the wealthy, scheming Carrington family. That may mean some older viewers may have to discover WNLO-TV, which carries CW programs geared to younger viewers and generally gets little viewership in Western New Yo…