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As predicted, CBS has bounced its new reality series, "Secret Talents of the Stars," after only one airing. Tuesday's 10 p.m. premiere bombed locally and nationally. CBS announced Thursday that it will be replaced for two weeks by episodes of "48 Hours Mystery," when "Shark" will move into the time slot. Or you disappointed? Or secretly hap…

Apparently, Western New York and America can live without knowing the "Secret Talents of the Stars." The CBS reality show, which was scheduled to feature 16 stars -- including George Takei, Clint Black and Danny Bonaduce -- had the kind of opening night rating Tuesday that could shut it down after one performance. It averaged a 4.5 rating on WIVB-TV, the loca…

Channel 7 anchor-reporter Melanie Pritchard is the latest TV news veteran to see greener pastures outside the business. She confirms that she will be leaving beleaguered 7 News at the end of the May sweeps to work for her mother's real estate business based in Ellicottville. At 40, it is understandable that Pritchard has decided it is the right time for a career change. B…

     We knew they were passionate, but irate is not a term associated with fans of novelist Jane Austen.     Still, mad is what they were when they tuned in March 30 to watch the new adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" on WNED as part of "Masterpiece: The Complete Jane Austen" and were greeted instead by a pledge-drive sp…

Britney Spears sure got a lot of attention for her light workout as a ditzy, love-starved receptionist on the CBS comedy, "How I Met Your Mother." The "Today" show on rival NBC even ran a story this morning on her "comeback." Spears delivered her lines in the cameo well, but they weren't as funny as the recent "South Park" spoof abo…

Thanks to its post-writers' strike takes on Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, "Saturday Night Live" is back in the limelight. But other than its satirical openings and "Weekend Update" co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, the show hasn't been any funnier than it has been in recent years. Have you come back to wa…

Thanks to some happy talk courtesy of Channel 4 anchor Jacquie Walker, viewers learned Monday that Mary Travers Murphy, the wife of sports anchor John Murphy, cried when she saw her husband work his first day on Channel 4. Of course, some wag suggested that she was just happy to get him of the house after leaving Channel 7 six months ago and into our living rooms. Using …

Some thoughts about the early coverage of today's resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer: It says something about the state of Channel 7 news that I had to switch away from its coverage this morning because of a sound problem that occurred while he was talking. With all the recent technical problems at the station, I assume it wasn't only happening at my house. Chann…

Since we give the local TV weathermen so much grief when they cry wolf about the snow, I suppose we should give them credit for nailing the forecast of Friday and Saturday's heavy snow. It came pretty much as predicted. But this doesn't mean the weathermen get a pass on scaring the area to death. Their reports made many people feel like they were risking their lives to …

The son of a prominent local TV weathercaster is in legal trouble. What does the station do? Channel 2 news first decided to address the legal troubles facing Kevin O'Connell Jr., a Kenmore chef, on its website. Then the station ran a story on its noon news today. The 33-year-old son of weathercaster Kevin O'Connell is on the front page of The Buffalo News today because …

Meredith Vieira of NBC's "Today" certainly went easy on Lynn DeJac during this morning's "exclusive" interview. A day after DeJac's murder indictment was dismissed, "Today" ran a brief summary of the case in which DeJac spent 13 and a half years in prison for the 1993 murder of her 13-year-old daughter, Crystallyn M. Girard. "I know tha…

Channel 7, which has a recent history of technical glitches, had an award-winner Sunday night during ABC's Oscar telecast. About 10 minutes before the show ended at about 11:45 p.m., local viewers accidentally could hear a conversation about the movie "No Country for Old Men" between a cameraman and co-anchors Joanna Pasceri and Keith Radford inside Channel 7's …

After 11 and a half years at Channel 4, sports director Dennis Williams has left the station after being told his contract wouldn't be renewed after it expires this week. The move clears the way for the top-rated news station in town to hire former Channel 7 Sports Director John Murphy as soon as his non-compete clause expires and he is free to work in local TV again. St…

Like many of you, I'm thrilled that the writers strike is over and there is an end in sight to all the reality shows that have been polluting the airwaves. But the euphoria was broken somewhat when I received the latest newsletter from the Television Critics Association. It noted that the summer press tour -- which occurs annually in July so critics can get a first look a…