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"The truth" said Megyn Kelly, is "that I'm done with politics for a while ... It's gotten so dark." And dicey, employment-wise. Well, OK, it didn't take long to figure out that her first takeover of the third hour of NBC's "Today Show" was a flat-out bid for whatever she can score of daytime TV's Oprah Prize. There's a ton of money to made on daytime TV and she wa…

The Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday had a season-high rating of 36.9 on WIVB-TV (Channel 4). That was slightly higher than the 36.1 rating for the Bills 9-3 loss to Carolina a week earlier. The rating for the victory over Denver peaked at 42.7 from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. While NFL ratings across the league were down modestly the first two …

The solid performances by CBS play-by-play man Spero Dedes and analyst Adam Archuleta may have been as surprising to armchair fans at home as the Buffalo Bills' performance in a 26-16 victory Sunday over the Denver Broncos was to fans at New Era Field. Since this was the annual game I attend with my older son, I watched it in the oppressive heat at New Era before re-wat…

If you yearn to see sumptuous sites while learning about ancient civilizations, then join Bettany Hughes as she explores the “Ancient World.” Hughes’ intelligence and enthusiasm enliven these beautifully filmed documentaries. Title: “The Ancient World with Bettany Hughes” Year it began: 2002 Where it can be seen: Amazon; Channel4.com; DVD Who’s in i…

Have no fear. Oprah is here. And she'll heal America. Again. If you doubt it, watch this weekend's "60 Minutes" when TV's one-woman tsunami whose mission was to propel America to its best life, will return to become an official correspondent on "60 Minutes." As if NBC didn't have enough to worry about trying to complete with the CBS TV News magazine that invent…

Inquiring minds want to know: Is there any update on the condition of WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles? He has been out for more than three weeks with a medical issue that Channel 4 General Manager Dominic Mancuso hasn't been able to discuss because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that protects the confidentiality of a…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) needs ABC to come up with a 10 p.m. hit to serve as a decent 11 p.m. news lead-in. And the network is really trying to find one. Three of its five new programs air at 10 p.m., one of which is co-created by a Western New Yorker. Since it doesn't have a prime time sports franchise like NBC (Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football), Fox …

The only Fox program that I watch regularly is "Lethal Weapon" and I'm not alone in Western New York. That doesn't look like it is going to change in 2017. "LW," which was based on the hit movies, was the highest-rated Fox program here last season after live viewing and seven days later, barely edging the retired "Bones" and the national hit "Empire." WUTV (Channe…

Cheers to a couple of actors from Buffalo. South Buffalo native Billy Griffin Jr. was on the stage for Sunday's Emmy Awards because he was part of the cast of the Netflix movie "Black Mirror: San Junipero" movie that was named outstanding TV movie of the year. He also has appeared in "Outlander" and the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins." Jay Hunter, who a reader noted …

A year after "This Is Us" illustrated that network television still can deliver a hit, viewers may look at NBC's fall schedule and ask: "This Is It?" With the NFL taking Sunday and Thursday nights for much of the early season, NBC is premiering only three new series this fall and one of them, "Will & Grace," is a reboot of a series that ended in 2006 and another is …

How bad is the CW reboot of "Dynasty," the 1980s hit ABC soap opera about the super-rich Carrington family that ran during the greed is good era in America when "Dallas" also was a huge hit on CBS? Real bad. The star of the series, Grant Show ("Melrose Place"), has aged much better than the series. But you probably knew it would be bad. The key question is it so b…

If you watched Sunday's Emmy Awards, you are probably sick of all the promos for the new CBS series that will begin premiering next week. I certainly know I'm tired of all the promos about old Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal to Amy (Mayim Bialik). But those countless Emmy promos may have made Western New Yorkers, who watch CBS traditional programs at a high…

The dirty little secret of reviewing is critics often have to miss the important moments of shows they review to make their deadlines. This is my way of saying I missed the last 30 minutes of Monday night's Emmy Awards when the big awards were given out on CBS because I was writing. But I watched after I finished and tweeted about what I missed. Here are edited versi…

It wasn't a high-scoring game, but the Buffalo Bills' 9-3 loss to Carolina Sunday afternoon scored in the local ratings. The game had a 36.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked at a 43.0 in the final minutes when the Bills were driving for a potential winning touchdown that never happened. That's about 8 percent higher than the 33.5 rati…

Marty Biron and Brian Duff won't be taking their new act on the road with the Buffalo Sabres this season. Biron, who replaces Brad May on this season's pregame, intermission and postgame shows, and Duff will be working the team's road games from the TV studio at New Era Field. Mark Preisler, executive vice president of media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertai…