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Call it Channel 7's Big Tease. On the station's 11 p.m. newscast Wednesday, co-anchors Joanna Pasceri and Keith Radford announced a "big change" is coming Monday. "The thing is it is a surprise," said Pasceri, "so top secret they won't even tell us all about it. " She added that she didn't know what it was and asked Radford if he did. &qu…

Buffalo booster Chris Berman is baaack, baaack, baaack praising the Bills. According to ESPN, Berman traveled to Western New York this week to do a one-on-one interview with Bills quarterback Trent Edwards. Berman, who in the 1990s made famous the line that "nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills," didn't have time to stay around these parts for too …

If you're a satellite subscriber or have Verizon's FiOs service and get The NFL Network, you'll get an unique look tonight at the strange happenings in the Buffalo Bills' 23-14 victory over the San Diego Chargers. At 9:30 tonight, "NFL" Replay on the network will include special NFL Films and local broadcast footage of the game, which was bounced off of CBS fo…

I talked to film writer/director Kevin Smith yesterday. Obviously, what we were talking about was his funny and controversial forthcoming film "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." But I couldn't resist asking Smith about the plight of his buddy and longtime latenight patron Jay Leno who is now, courtesy of an NBC executive plan, the lame duck host of "The Tonigh…

How big a TV draw is feature film actor Christian Slater in Western New York? Not much of one if you consider the ratings for his overly-complicated new NBC series, "My Own Worst Enemy." In movie parlance, "Worst" didn't open well. It's a confusing mess of a program that isn't even easy to explain or care about. Slater plays two characters -- a fam…

How badly has LIN TV's decision to take WIVB-TV off of Time Warner Cable in a dispute over retransmission fees? Normally, the news leader, Channel 4 was deep in first place at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. after the first full week in which it only entered about 50 percent of area homes. According to my unoffical calculations, Channel 2 was in first place at 6 p.m. during the wee…

If you're one of the few Time Warner Cable subscribers who discovered some CBS prime time series like "CSI: Miami" were being carried on cable through a Canadian affiliate, I hope you enjoyed it. That's because the practice -- which allowed local cable viewers to watch CBS shows despite the feud between TWC and Channel 4's owner, LIN TV, -- has ended. TWC sp…

How much did the dispute between Time Warner Cable and LIN TV hurt viewership for the Buffalo Bills 41-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate? The game averaged about a 20.4 rating Sunday, which is most likely slightly more than half of what it would have gotten if it had been carried on cable and not just over-the-air, on satellit…

Viewers have been paying for cable television service for decades, to get a better picture, more stations, premium channels and, more recently, live-time recording, high definition and shows on demand. The question is, is now also the time for our longtime major networks and local channels to join the ranks of premium content? LIN television,  owner locally of CBS a…

And the clear winner in Thursday' night's vice presidential debate was -- Gwen Ifill, the moderator. Ifill was barely mentioned in the post-mortems of the debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. And when you're the moderator, there can't be much better praise than that. Ifill, who has said she…

In Tina Fey's latest hysterically funny portrayal of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the Republican vice presidential nominee asked for a "lifeline" when she had trouble answering a question from "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric (played by Amy Poehler). On Monday night, Sen. John McCain, who chose Gov. Palin as his run…

Gov. Sarah Palin is getting the Katie Couric treatment in more ways than one. After the second night of Couric's interview with the Republican vice presidential nominee ran on The CBS Evening News, MSNBC commentators Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann began speculating Thursday night that Gov. Palin eventually could be removed from the ticket led by presidential nominee …

Showtime's raunchy series, Californication" won't be very entertaining if last season's happy ending is without some bumps in the road in its second season, which begins at 10 p.m. Sunday on the pay-cable channel. The question is how long it will take author Hank Moody (David Duchovny) to ruin his relationship with his longtime lover Karen (Natascha McElhone). In la…

NBC News reporter Luke Russert was given a lesson this week about the dangers of telling the truth in a less than perfect way in a political year. The 23-year-old son of the late "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert quickly apologized for a statement he made to "Today" host Matt Lauer after a Wednesday report about how the presidential race is viewed by s…

In a word, no. It was just another of last season's silly "cliffhangers" that have come to land on solid ground this week. "NCIS" watchers at last season's end were suddenly confronted with their much-loved surly boss whose staff had been broken up and exiled a la the staff of Gregory House, M.D. On "House" last season, it amounted to &quo…