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The "Entourage" crew's return has been delayed by the writers' strike. Photo by Associated Press. BEVERLY HILLS -- I'm fashionably late for the extended working party known as the Television Critics Association press tour. I feel a little like a kid who has missed the first three days of school and is catching up by reading a classmate's notes. In this case, …

After further review, it is too early to tell how Katie Couric will look once The CBS Evening News is carried in high definition. In my column today about the joys of high definition TV, I noted that Couric looks terrific anchoring the newscast in HD. But a tech-savvy writer advised me that the broadcast isn't carried in high def yet. It reportedly will go to high def in …

I know what you're thinking. The newest CBS reality series, "Greatest American Dog," illustrates how far network television has sunk in the summer. But, hey, the CBS promos for the series, which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, feature some adorable dogs and their masters and it looks kind of cute. Additionally, there is a local reason for watching. The show's hos…

It won't exactly be HBO's version of "Inside the NFL," but the cast of the show when it moves to Showtime in September looks promising. The best news is that Cris Collinsworth -- who also works for NBC and The NFL Network -- is making the move from HBO to Showtime and will remain a regular. I predicted that might happen last month. However, I didn't foresee that…

The Emmy nominations don't arrive until July 17, but a Los Angeles Times Web site already has confirmed the obvious. It looks like it will be cable's time to party big time. According to Emmy historian Tom O'Neil -- who writes for the Web site Gold Derby -- seven of the Top 10 candidates still in the running for the five nominations for best actress in a drama starred in …

While network TV carries Americanized versions of Japanese reality shows and assorted shows involving supposed celebrities, cable television is making some encouraging news. HBO has announced that its therapy series, "In Treatment," has been renewed for a second depressing and well-acted season to air in 2009. Gabriel Byrne, who plays the therapist, and Dianne W…

The week-long tribute to "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert after his sudden death has led to some inevitable criticism. Several columnists have found the coverage of the death of the popular Buffalo native to be excessive. CNN's Howard Kurtz addressed the issue with two newspaper reporters and a TV producer during a segment of his Sunday media program, &quo…

Some Western New York viewers may have been surprised to hear "Today" host Matt Lauer say Monday that Luke Russert was named by his parents after the Apostle, St. Luke. After all, legend around here is that the late Tim Russert and his wife, Maureen Orth, named Luke after Luke Easter of the Buffalo Bisons. Actually, both Lauer and the legend are correct. Acco…

Tim Russert's son, Luke, appeared on NBC's "Today" show and just may have made many of those still mourning his father's death feel a little better. Luke was so composed, so thoughtful and even so cheerful at times while talking about his memories of his father that it was extremely comforting. Of course, many people have been concerned about the emotions of Lu…

It was the end of the line Tuesday for Bobby Anderson of Niagara Falls on the popular Fox reality series, "Hell's Kitchen." Chef and host Gordon Ramsay gave Bobby the boot in the episode that ended with the final four contestants being chosen. "Bobby was big in stature but he fell short in a number of areas," said Ramsay. "I kept on waiting for h…

The two-hour installment of NBC's "Dateline" Sunday about three celebrated crime stories in Western New York was misleadingly promoted. It wasn't all new. The first hour of a show titled, "A Common Thread," involving Bike Path rapist Altemio Sanchez and wrongfully imprisoned Anthony Capozzi, was a repackaged version of a report by Keith Morrison that f…

Now that former Channel 7 employees and insiders have given their reasons for the decline of the station's news department in Sunday's Buffalo News, it's time for viewers or former viewers to weigh in. Why have you stopped tuning in to the once dominant news station in town? Is it about the technical glitches? It is the lack of recognizable veteran reporters? Have you ju…

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that ABC was the only major broadcast network to carry Barack Obama's speech live Tuesday after he earned enough delegates to declare he had won the Democratic nomination for president. But it did seem noteworthy that NBC and CBS decided to carry dramatic show reruns rather than carry a live speech by the first African-American to win a…

Score one for Sumner Redstone, the CBS executive chairman who has publicly criticized his network's decision to carry a mixed martial arts card, Elite Xtreme Combat, as "not socially responsible." Saturday's much-hyped debut featuring heavyweight Kimbo Slice was an embarrassment for CBS on several counts that should force it to reconsider plans to continue the s…