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Don't blame us. That's the response of an NBC spokesperson over speculation that the network's desire to sign off the Ice Bowl quickly was behind the reason that the Zamboni wasn't used to clear the ice before the shootout in Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. "It was the NHL's decision," said an NBC spokesperson. "We would have happily stay…

My 23-year-old son went to Tuesday's Winter Classic and told me watching Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Ralph Wilson Stadium was an incredbile experience. Unfortunately, NBC's coverage of the game didn't attempt to document the depth of the fans' experience beyond several crowd shots. There were no interviews with any of the 73,000 in attendance bat…

A week after landing in the bottom two, Western New York's "Tomboy Queens" were eliminated last week from the CW reality series, "Crowned." It is not as if we couldn't see the exit of Pam Galante and her daughter, Felicia Patterson, coming. It was an achievement for the so-called "diamonds in the rough" to make it to the show's third episode.…

There have been a few long-awaited returns of "Late Show with David Letterman" over the years. There was his first show on CBS after his recovery from a heart attack. There was his first show after 9-11. Add Wednesday's program, which will be his first original show since the writers' strike began. Letterman won't be alone at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday. NBC has been p…

The local morning TV wars will become a little more interesting on Monday when Channel 4 loses its popular hybrid hour of local and national news at 7 a.m. to the latest version of CBS' "The Early Show." It means Channel 4's "Wake Up" program co-anchored by Lisa Scott and Victoria Hong now will only air from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., where it will go head-to-h…

The Tomboy Queens from Tonawanda probably weren't the only ones crying after they barely survived Wednesday night's second episode of the CW reality series, "Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants." I'm guessing there might have been tears from Western New Yorkers who were rooting for them to advance or rooting for them to be ousted so they could stop watching. Th…

The Buffalo Bills may have been eliminated from the NFL playoffs Sunday, but at least they made some local TV history. According to Channel 4 researcher Bob Gallivan, the Bills' 8-0 loss in Cleveland Sunday to the Browns was the highest-rated Bills game recorded since meters came to the Buffalo market in 2000 and the highest-rated program since then here besides Super Bow…

After further review, it is too close to call whether the Buffalo Bills game with the New York Giants on Dec. 23 will be flexed from Sunday afternoon to NBC's Sunday Night Football. The Bills (7-6)  Giants (9-4) did their part Sunday afternoon. Both won and each currently has a winning record. However, there is a 50-50 chance that the NFL, which makes the flex decis…

Don Rickles was at Melody Fair getting dressed to go on. I was on a couch in his trailer peppering him with bright-eyed, marginally relevant questions. The only other man in the room was Rickles' man Harry Goins -- valet, personal assistant, keeper of the surprisingly delicate Rickles psyche -- who handed him a scotch as we talked. Rickles turned to Harry and asked tes…

     A postcard arrived on my desk a few weeks ago, asking, "If you only had a minute, what would you write?" It stopped me cold on a busy day. What an amazing question. I wasn't sure why I only had a minute, but if that were the case, what would I write and to whom? The flip side of the postcard showed that it was an ad for the Hallmark Channel o…

Well, it didn't come in time for the 2007 baseball season, but WNGS-TV is about to touch base with DirecTV. Neal Ardman, the vice president of operations for station owner Equity Broadcasting, reports the local independent station will join the satellite service lineup on Dec.19. The absence of WNGS from DirecTV has been upsetting to major league baseball fans because the…

Charlie Rose was sitting at his big polished table schmoozing with some of American journalism's higher profile TV critics --including the Washington Post's Tom Shales, the N. Y. Times' Bill Carter and Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker. Charlie was ticking off the names of the TV season's new offerings hoping to get a response--the verbal version of a thumb in some direct…

The University at Buffalo is proud to have three professors involved in a disastrous TV program. The History Channel's "Mega-Disasters: The Next Pompeii?" repeats at 4 p.m. Saturday. It first aired Nov.27. Michael Sheridan, UB's professor emeritus of geology and director of the Center for Geohazards Studies, conducted research about Vesuvius that inspired the la…

I hate the network promos that have the tendency to ruin episodes of popular shows like ABC's "Desperate Housewives." All week long, ABC ran a promo showing Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) looking at something in horror and screaming as if the world was about to come to an end. Or at the very least her world. So watching Sunday's episode, "Something's Com…