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I had two thoughts while watching David Letterman's three-minute apology Monday night on the "Late Show" for a tasteless joke he made last week that upset the Palin family. First, he really is in pain over what he called the perception of what the joke was about triumphing over the intent. Secondly, he appears to be worried about something. I'm sur…

Saturday is the first anniversary of the shocking death of Tim Russert, the Buffalo native who went on to national prominence as a political journalist and the moderator of "Meet the Press." As predicted by many, the 2008 presidential campaign wasn't the same without Russert putting issues  in focus and Sundays haven't been the same witho…

It doesn't get a fraction of the audience of NBC's maddeningly inane "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," but the more cerebral crowd that loves AMC's Emmy-winning "Mad Men" will be happy to learn the third season set in the world of advertising in the 1960s is set to start Sunday, Aug.16. In anticipation of the…

     Whether it's watching the hapless Alan Harper on "Two and a Half Men," Homer Simpson embarrassing himself on "The Simpsons" or Al Bundy embarrassing his kids on "Married ... With Children," television dads have a way of endearing themselves to us -- even if it's just so we can laugh at them. &#…

Well, the headline is a little deceiving. The truth is Channel 7 plans to tape tonight's late newscast at 10:20 p.m. and run it after the first game of the NBA finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic ends. That could be close to midnight. It plans to do the same thing throughout the NBA Finals, which could last seven games and end June 1…

On the theory that every TV critic should be able to handle 15 minutes of a painful reality series, I checked out NBC's remake of the ABC failure, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," on Monday. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the 15 minutes I chose featured Patti Blagojevich -- the wife of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich --&#…

It is a marathon and not a sprint, but Conan O'Brien's fast-paced opening "Tonight Show" got off to a promising start Monday night. However, since it had so many pre-recorded bits, it may be difficult to keep up the pace. The clever opening bit featured O'Brien running from his old office in New York City through various la…

Like any good journalist, Channel 4 anchor Don Postles knows you should protect your sources at all costs and occasionally you have to hold a good story to protect them. But according to a story in Saturday's edition of The New York Times about Friday's wedding of Postles' daughter, Elizabeth, and Richard William Sanderson Jago of England, Po…

The most memorable thing about the last installment of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday was how little memorable there was about it. The "surprise" he promised at the end was sweet. Leno introduced the 17-year-daughter of the band's trombone player, who was born in 1992 a few weeks after Leno took over the show from Johnny Carson. Th…

Set your DVRs or VCRs to Channel 2 at 11:35 tonight when Jay Leno ends his 17-year run on "The Tonight Show." He has promised a surprise at show's end so it would be advisable to record Jimmy Fallon's show, too, just in case "Tonight" goes on a few extra minutes. Western New Yorkers haven't exactly flocked to their sets in …

My column today about the dramatic ratings decline at Channel 2 News at 6 a.m and 5 p.m. during the May ratings period already has led a couple of emailers to speculate on the causes. The writers feel that the station's constant trumpeting of its mission to "ask the tough questions" and "hold people accountable" has become "tiresome&…

Not even an enhanced Bikini Girl could help this season's two-hour finale of "American Idol" register a local rating close to the 2008 finale. Wednesday's finale had a 16.3 rating on WUTV, representing 16.3 percent of area households. The number of people who time-shifted the program rather than see Kris Allen be declared the winner over Adam…

CBS appears to be taking a minor risk this when it moves this season's one new hit series, "The Mentalist," from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 10 p.m. Thursday this fall. That means Simon Baker series, which has been a huge hit in Western New York, will compete with ABC's popular "Private Practice" and Jay Leno's new show on…

Unfortunately for fans of "My Name is Earl," NBC today put it on the list of canceled shows along with "Medium" (which got a reprieve today when CBS picked it up to run at 9 p.m. Friday). "Chuck," which had been on the bubble, was renewed for after midseason and NBC officials said its budget won't be cut. There will be months to…

The National Football League announced a deal today with the nation's largest cable operator, Comcast, that will result in the NFL Network being carried on its digital classic level by Aug. 1. The channel has been on a sports package. Why should this matter to Western New Yorkers? Because there is widespread speculation that the NFL will next focus on making a na…