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Two of the questions I hear most often are: When is "Nip/Tuck" coming back to FX? And how about "Damages"? FX has finally provided the answer. "Nip/"Tuck" returns for another season at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.6. The guest list this season includes Sharon Gless, Portia de Rossi and Morgan Fairchild. Yes, Morgan Fairchild. And "Damage…

You are out of luck if you want to see the live coverage of the semifinals of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" tonight. Channel 7, the ABC affiliate, is the local broadcast station that has a deal to carry ESPN's coverage of the Buffalo Bills game with the Cleveland Browns for those viewers without cable. As a result, Channel 7 plans to carry "Dancing" …

The return of Anthony Edwards to NBC's "ER'' as Dr. Mark Greene brought many local viewers back to the series in its 15th and final season. In the episode, Dr. Greene appeared in flashbacks unsuccessfully treating the sick son of Dr. Cate Banfield (Angela Bassett) years ago after she delayed bringing him to the emergency room. It had a local rating that was about 5…

She is everywhere, she is everywhere. We're talking about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who cooked for NBC's Matt Lauer on "Today" this week during a media tour that also included interviews with Fox's Greta Van Susteren, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Larry King and just about any other media member who wanted to talk with her. Whether it was Lauer eating a salmon dish or…

Keep your children out of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" and away from the Fox animated shows like "American Dad" and "Family Guy." That's the word from The Parents Television Council, a watchdog organization that calls itself non-partisan but is viewed by many to be a conservative interest group. The three prime time programs above were declared …

Talk about a quick breakup. The end of this season's lesbian relationship on "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday between Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) was so abrupt that it didn't give the two characters much time to deal with many issues. In the episode's next-to-last scene, Erica broke up with Callie as they walked out of Seattle G…

Channel 2 was the big local news winner on the night that Barack Obama was elected president, Chris Lee was elected to Congress and Frank A. Sedita III was elected Erie County district attorney. The NBC affiliate had the highest local news ratings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m Tuesday. The 11 p.m. news was helped by the lead-in from NBC News, which finished first here on…

If you’re to believe the Associated Press story that ran on the front page of today’s Buffalo News, then the 2008 presidential election was close to being decided at 8 tonight when ABC and NBC projected Democrat Barack Obama would win Pennsylvania. CBS, CNN and Fox News were more cautious to make the projection, which had great significance to the national race. Fox…

The TV drama and suspense in the presidential race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain essentially could be over as early as 8:30 p.m. Tuesday or it could last through the early morning hours, according to TV analysts. In one of the more enlightening pieces of analysis over the weekend, NBC political director Chuck Todd noted that the polls close b…

The ratings news wasn't as good on Thursday for Channel 4 as it was on its first day back on Time Warner Cable systems on Wednesday. After returning to first place Wednesday at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m,, Channel 4's newscasts were second to Channel 2's at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, the first night of the November sweeps. However, Channel 4 did win the 11 p.m. news b…

The owner of Channel 4 and Channel 23 and Time Warner Cable finally made a national deal today that immediately put the stations back on local cable. That means most Buffalo Bills games and such popular CBS programs as "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" are back on cable. Now the question is whether news viewers will return to News 4 Buffalo, which had been…

How long did it take one of Channel 7's main anchors to say "7 News" on the first day of the return of the Eyewitness News theme and format? Would you believe 10 seconds? To her credit, Joanna Pasceri caught herself using the 7 News slogan at 5 p.m. and quickly changed it to Eyewitness News. You can't blame her for the misstep since saying 7 News is probably a …

It’s back to the future for Channel 7’s news department. As expected,  the station returned this morning to the Eyewitness News theme and format that it abandoned five years ago. Speculation that it was going to happen grew late last week when anchors Keith Radford and Joanna Pasceri said on newscasts that a "big change" was coming that "everyone …

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 …