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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."  

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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…

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Not surprisingly, the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday was the lowest-rated game in more than three years. The game had a 31.4 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It was the lowest-rated Bills game since the Sept. 7, 2014, season opener against the Chicago Bears, which had a 29.9 rating. The rating for Sunday's game dropped i…

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After New Orleans' final touchdown in a 47-10 embarrassment of the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Fox play-by-play man Kenny Albert said there was "a commotion on the field." He never explained what Twitter followers knew – that the commotion involved a streaker running across the field. Fox's cameras never showed him, either. According to a Fox spokesman, there isn't a networ…

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If you seek high-quality comedy with the cinematic power of drama, then binge-watch “Atlanta.” Anchored by the bold vision of creator, co-writer and star Donald Glover, “Atlanta” offers uniquely riveting television. Title: Atlanta Year it began: 2016 Where it can be seen: FX; Amazon; Hulu Who’s in it: Donald Glover; Brian Tyree Henry; Zazie Beetz; Kei…

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I highly recommend "Marshall," the movie about NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which I saw a few weekends ago at the North Park Theatre. It hasn't exactly been a big box office hit. The film with a reported $12 million budget reportedly earned about $8 million through last weekend. It deserves a much bigger audience and box office tak…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles is returning to the air on Monday, General Manager Dominic Mancuso said today. Postles has been off for several weeks with a medical issue that Mancuso previously said he wasn't been able to discuss because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, that protects the confidentiality of a person's…

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The 30-minute documentary, "Ralph," from WNED-TV on the life and legacy of the late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, will get a preview screening at the PBS station on Monday night before airing at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. The program from WNED's chief program officer John Grant will deal with Wilson's life and legacy and is funded by New Era Cap Company, with additional …

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I miss the days that former Erie County Democratic chairman Joe Crangle used to go on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) television and give a good indication or predict who would win key races after looking at which localities the turnout was coming from. That thought came to mind while watching former Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan and former Republican Deputy County Executive Carl…

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You might think that Sunday's game between the 5-3 Buffalo Bills and the 6-2 New Orleans Saints might have had a chance to draw the Fox network's top announcing team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. After all, the Saints are riding a six-game winning streak, the Bills are in a wild-card playoff spot, and the game is the only one featuring a NFC team against an opponent with…