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Another year, another cable rate increase. But you probably figured that was coming after reading about all the negotiations Time Warner Cable has been involved in with its program suppliers. Still, you practically need to be an accountant to know how much your TWC bill is going to rise on Feb. 1. The cable company announced its rate increase via a glossy mailing…

The weather was frightful throughout the midsection of the United States this week, but it should surprise no one that Buffalo was one of the major areas that the network newscasts focused on. On Thursday morning, NBC's "Today" show featured a reporter doing a standup from Western New York and on Thursday night ABC's "World News Ton…

You may have seen the item in today's paper about ABC expanding the Buffalo edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to a two-hour show that will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 on WKBW-TV,Channel 7. Why was the extra hour needed for the show that will features the Massachusetts Avenue home rebuilt for Delores Powell, a Jamaican immigra…

Barbara Walters had some surprising advice for Tiger Woods during her appearance Tuesday on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Walters said that Woods should have done an interview before more of the tawdry details of his extramarital affairs came out but added that now it is too late. "Now, I don't think he should do an interview,"…

It will be interesting to hear what NFL Network announcers Bob Papa and Matt Millen say about interim Buffalo Bills Coach Perry Fewell during tonight's game with the New York Jets from Toronto. Fewell has already received the endorsement of the NFL Network's Mike Martz, the former head coach of the St. Louis Rams. This week he said of Fewell: "He is very sha…

How important is the lead-in to the 11 p.m. news? A few days after finishing third in the November sweeps, Channel 2 had a one-night victory at 11 p.m. Tuesday Channel 2 was able to get the victory because it got a strong lead-in from the reality show "The Biggest Loser," which replaced "The Jay Leno Show" as the night's lead-in. The Tuesday w…

Hopefully by now you have read my Sunday Spotlight piece that rated the morning news programs on the three local broadcast stations. I gave the creative victory to Channel 2's "Daybreak," which has the most personality and the most personnel and is the most fun. Channel 2 also took over first place in the morning from Channel 4' s "Wake Up" in…

The season finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" that ended the "Seinfeld Reunion" story line had its funny moments Sunday. Having said that, I was a little disappointed in the 40-minute episode. If you watched the episode, one of the repetitive jokes in the finale was how often people say "having said that" to&#…

One of the questions I'm asked most frequently is when is "Lost" coming back? It is usually followed by "will the writers answer any questions this season?" Well, ABC has announced the sixth and final season of "Lost" will have a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Feb. 2. It will follow a one-hour recap for an entire "Lost&q…

The announcement that Oprah Winfrey plans to retire her talk show in September of 2011 probably will have repercussions on local news throughout the country. In Buffalo, Winfrey's 4 p.m. show has provided a strong lead-in for years to Channel 4, the local news leader. In fact, one of the issues cited in the demise of Channel 7's news department was…

Word out of Philadelphia is that Dave Roberts, the host of the popular children's show "Rocketship 7" on WKBW in the 1960s and 1970s, is retiring. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Dec. 11 will be his last day as a weatherman at WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in that city. Roberts, 73, who was known as Dave Thomas when he hosted "Rocketshi…

More than half the way through the November sweeps, there is a very tight news race for second place at 11 p.m. between Channel 2 and Channel 7. And there is no question why it is happening -- the lead-in that Jay Leno's talk show is giving Channel 2 is killing the station that a year ago was closer to first place Channel 4 than to third-place Channel 7 at 11 p.…

At the end of her hour interview Monday with Sarah Palin, syndicated talk show host Oprah Winfrey called the former Republican vice presidential candidate's book a "fascinating read." Still, I doubt that "Going Rogue: An American Life" will become a Winfrey Book Club Selection. What was truly fascinating was watching Winfrey try to appea…

You can cross out Jon Gruden from any conversation about the Buffalo Bills coaching job. ESPN and the Monday Night Football analyst announced today that the former Super Bowl winning coach has signed a multi-year extension that extends his assignments beyond Monday Night Football. He will work the NFL Draft, Super Bowl week and be the radio analyst alongside Mike…

Well, I gave you a couple of days to watch and digest Sunday's season finale of  AMC's "Mad Men" before giving you my take. I thought the next-to-last episode that had the Kennedy assassination as a backdrop was the best of the season, but the finale was a close second. The terrific, plot-thick finale seemingly ended the season-long …