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The sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose that led to his firing by CBS and PBS has caused WNED-TV to make schedule changes. The local public broadcasting station is replacing Rose's PBS show that runs at 5 p.m. weekdays with repeats of "Finding Your Roots," which is one of its most popular programs. Rose's half-hour weekend show that WNED carries at 11:…

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The CBS broadcast crew for Sunday's Bills-Chiefs game will feature Greg Gumbel on play-by-play, Trent Green as the analyst and Jamie Erdahl reporting on the sidelines. This is CBS' third commentator pairing, behind the Jim Nantz/Tony Romo and Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts crews. Green was the Chiefs' quarterback for six years, leading them to the playoffs in 2003 and 2005. He…

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It is Kate's turn. Bring plenty of tissues. NBC's "This Is Us" airs the second part of its trilogy (9 tonight, Channel 2) about a momentous day in the life of all three Pearson siblings. If you missed last week's episode of the most popular drama in Western New York, you better stop reading now. It's been a very dark year for "This Is Us" and the sadness continues…

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By J. Freedom du Lac CBS said Tuesday that it has fired Charlie Rose “effective immediately,” following an extensive Washington Post report that detailed alleged unwanted sexual advances toward women by the 75-year-old broadcaster. His firing was announced by CBS News President David Rhodes, who wrote in a midday memo to the network’s staff that the action “f…

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"Satanic Mastermind." That's what The Hollywood Reporter called Charles Manson's relationship to his cult announcing his death at 83 over the weekend. "Satanic?" Self-styled perhaps, given the ghastliness of his "family's" crimes and the efficacy of his homicidal leadership. "Mastermind?" Hardly. He was the leader of a band of lost and parasitic druggies whom he coul…

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When Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman crashed and burned Sunday so did the TV rating in the team's 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The game had a 34.3 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It tied with the season-opening victory over the New York Jets as the second-lowest rated game of the season. With Peterman getting the controversial …

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After the fourth interception of a pass by Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman on Sunday, Fox play-by-play man Chris Myers said "you have to be tough mentally to deal with this." He was talking about Peterman's psyche after four of his first nine passes were intercepted. But the line also could have been meant for Bills fans, who a few weeks ago thought …

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If you seek cerebral and unsettling mystery, travel to provincial New Zealand to binge-watch Top of the Lake. After its sublime 2013 season, Top of the Lake returned for a second season in 2017. Title: Top of the Lake Year it began: 2013 Where it can be seen: BBC; Sundance; Amazon Who’s in it: Elisabeth Moss; Peter Mullan; Holly Hunter; Jacqueline Joe; David …

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Actor-singer David Cassidy has been hospitalized with organ failure in Florida and is in critical condition, according to news reports. Cassidy, 67, is  best known for his role in the 1970s TV series "The Patridge Family."  

Bills

The curiosity factor of watching Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman replace Tyrod Taylor as the team's starter just may be the TV ratings boost that local television stations need in the second half of the NFL season. Peterman's debut at 4 p.m. Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers will be on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The Bills' 47-10 loss to the…

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Western New Yorkers love NBC's sophomore series "This Is Us," which has gone down several dark paths in this season's episodes. We are also as fascinated by the new ABC freshman series about a brilliant autistic physician, "The Good Doctor." But we like to go to bed early so a high percentage of us watch those series at our convenience On Demand or on DVRs. Those …

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With apologies to the Netflix series of the same name, call this my "Stranger Things" column. I've witnessed and been a part of some strange happenings in the media over the last 10 days or so. I watched a Channel 2 story on Friday which mentioned the veterans being taken care of at Beechwood Homes. Kathy Simme, the director of human resources for Beechwood, said the…

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The Bills have a rare late-afternoon game this week, with 4:05 p.m. Eastern kickoff for their game in Los Angeles against the Chargers. The FOX broadcast crew will have Chris Myers on play-by-play and Daryl Johnston as the analyst, with Laura Okmin reporting from the sidelines. The Bills (5-4) and Chargers (3-6) drew one of FOX's midlevel broadcast teams. Sports Illu…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles returned to the air Monday with little fanfare and without any details on what medical issue led him to be absent for several weeks. Halfway through the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, co-anchor Jacquie Walker and Postles engaged in brief happy talk about his return. After acknowledging a "familiar face" was back at 11 …

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Leave it to the New York Post. The tabloid that once gave us the immortal newspaper headline "Headless Man In Topless Bar" gave us last week the jolliest joke yet about the harassment earthquake that is toppling male reputations right and left. "Pervnado" the Post called it, in tribute to "Sharknado," the hilariously high-rated garbageous cable TV movie series about sha…