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The older of my two sons came home last month on the night that the United States national soccer team was playing an important game.However, it wasn’t so important that it was going to be on a major cable sports network.A former All-Western New York soccer player who still plays the sport recreationally in his late 20s, my son said the game was on an obscure cable channel…

By Alan Pergament My revised blog on HBO’s "The Newsroom" on Friday included a prediction on the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. I noted that Aaron Sorkin's series -- which starts its season tonight -- will eventually address the Trayvon Martin case and added: "I used to cover criminal trials and learned long ago that it is foolish to…

Here is the line that convinced me to give up every reservation I had about the much-awaited new season of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” which begins at 10 tonight on HBO.It comes at the beginning of the fourth episode. The young journalist played by Alison Pill is giving a legal deposition to a lawyer hired by her all-news network. The lawyer is played by that wonderful …

You just have to love the crazy monster movies that SyFy delivers on a semi-regular basis – you know what you’re getting.“Sharknado,” which will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, is not the name of some gangified evil-doer or a club where young gals go missing; it is a tornado, several actually, brimming with sharks that hit Los Angeles – to the death and dreadful amputat…

A Syfy network movie called “Sharknado” – a high-concept movie about thousands of flying sharks terrorizing Los Angeles after a tornado – was the hilarious TV moment of the month.

By Alan Pergament Silly me. I was watching a stupid NBC program called "Hollywood Game Night" Thursday when the hilarious TV event of the month was lighting up Twitter. A Syfy network movie called "Sharknado" was the talk of social networks Thursday night, with celebrities even bigger than the ones on "Game Night" heading to Twitter to give their snarky, sharky comments ab…

By Alan Pergament I’m a big fan of Bill Maher’s HBO weekly show "Real Time" and especially love it when the guests on the panel try to suppress their laughter when he delivers his often witty, politically-incorrect and foul-mouthed "New Rules" segment at the end of the hour. But I don’t always agree with Maher, who performs at Kleinhans Music Hall on Su…

By Alan Pergament Why would a so-called family-friendly series like NBC's "Camp" be carried at 10  tonight instead of earlier in the evening? Perhaps one reason besides giving it an opportunity to air after the highly-rated "America's Got Talent" is because it isn't really all that family-friendly. The PG-13 pilot that airs…

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Local indie rockers Colors in the Air had no grand celebrations planned for their eighth anniversary in August. But tonight, they’ll get a pretty good early birthday present: two featured songs and an appearance on the USA Network’s hit comedy, “Royal Pains.”“It’s clearly a highlight in our career,” drummer Pat Williams said about the Lockport band’s national television de…

By Alan Pergament I was so excited about Channel 2 meteorologist Andy Parker's return to "Daybreak" that I got up at 5 a.m. Monday to watch the morning news program. OK, I lied. I DVRed it. I planned to write about it Monday but then I got a little distracted by the news that Channel 2 had saved Pete Gallivan from a life in public relations and re-hired…

For three decades, Johnny Carson was the greatest single star ever created by American television.And then came Oprah Winfrey. And they’re now doomed to share that distinction for the rest of eternity.Both acquired their gigantic stature in the most obvious way: Their shows were the depots through which the nation’s entire celebrity class made arrivals and departures. Care…

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If Pete Gallivan were a politician instead of a newsman at heart, he’d probably be accused of being a flip-flopper. Almost four months to the day that he announced he was leaving Channel 2 to take a public relations job in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, Gallivan is returning to Channel 2 to work in the station’s sports and news departments.After laughing loudly at …

By Alan Pergament Pete Gallivan, who left Channel 2 in March to take a public relations job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, is returning to the NBC affiliate next week in a role specifically designed for his talents. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said that Gallivan will work as a reporter and fill-in anchor as well as being a big part of the Cha…

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By Alan Pergament The breaking news Monday of Pete Gallivan returning to Channel 2 after four months in public relations bumped my review of the first four episodes of HBO’s "The Newsroom" off the top of the blog on that day. So I think it is time to refresh the top a little with some new information with the help of Jeff Daniels, who plays the lead anc…

Over the last three months, you probably have learned or relearned that I am a pretty opinionated guy.You don’t always like the opinions, but here goes almost 20 of them.• Channel 4 recently begin running promos that say it is “holding the powerful accountable.” If it seems a little familiar, it is because Channel 2 has been running promos for years saying “it is holding p…