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The Powell family episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will have some pretty stiff competition at 8 p.m. Sunday on Channel 7. The two-hour episode featuring the Lower West Side family will be competing with the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees and the Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre. That's because the NFC title game between the Sain…

The FCC has made a ruling that eventually could allow Verizon FiOS subscribers to see Buffalo Sabres games in high definition. Under the ruling made after a Verizon complaint, cable companies can no longer prevent other providers from getting HD feeds of channels like MSG, which carries Sabres home games and some away games in HD. A Verizon spokesperson couldn�…

I know this probably will be a minority view in my demographic, but I can't help but wonder if NBC has blown its late-night plans again by keeping Jay Leno and letting Conan O'Brien walk. In the short term, Leno is bound to improve the ratings for "The Tonight Show" if only because he won't have to deal with his own 10 p.m. albatross…

The other night "24" star Kiefer Sutherland went on David Letterman's late-night show wearing a dress. He said it was the price he had to pay to a friend after losing a bet on a NFL playoff game. Sutherland, who stars as the masculine Jack Bauer on his Fox show, identified the friend as "David Andreychuk." That had me thinking he was…

As expected, NBC will replace "The Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m. weekdays in March with a combination of "Law & Order" series, "Dateline" and two new shows. The original "Law & Order" will air at 10 p.m. Monday and "SVU" will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Both series were very popular in Buffalo in 10 p.m. slots. …

You might have read that the opening night of the ninth season of "American Idol" Tuesday did very well nationally, only losing 2 percent of the audience from the 2009 debut. Locally, the ratings this season without judge Paula Abdul might even have improved this season. Tuesday's opener had a 19.4 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. That figure should …

Who can blame Conan O'Brien for taking a principled stand and telling NBC today that he won't do "The Tonight Show" at 12:05 a.m. after Jay Leno's new half-hour show at 11:35 p.m.? As I wrote in today's column, NBC's plan to put Leno at 11:35 p.m., O'Brien at 12:05 and Jimmy Fallon at 1:05 a.m. would damage all three parties. Th…

Brother knows best. At least that's the case with "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, who told the nation's television critics in Pasadena, Calif. today that this will be his last season on the popular Fox reality show. His older brother Tony had said as much a few weeks ago. Cowell told critics today he will concentrate on another reality show that he …

If you watched any NFL playoff game or "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, you probably saw a promo for the new Jerry Seinfeld reality series on NBC, "The Marriage Ref," that had a Buffalo angle. A man identified as being from Buffalo is featured in the promo, which notes that in 2003 a husband  started a fire outside that accidentally bur…

"60 Minutes," which has been on somewhat of a ratings roll, has a must-see installment for political junkies this Sunday. According to a CBS release, the revelations from the book about the 2008 presidential election, "Game Change," by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's will be addressed by the authors and Steve Schmid…

An emailer asked recently when is NBC going to come to its senses and put Jay Leno back at 11:30 p.m. and end the"Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" disaster. It is hard to say. NBC affiliates, like Channel 2 in Buffalo, are hurting because Leno's nightly 10 p.m. program has been a ratings disaster leading into the 11 p.m. news. And the local news ra…

Another year, another cable rate increase. But you probably figured that was coming after reading about all the negotiations Time Warner Cable has been involved in with its program suppliers. Still, you practically need to be an accountant to know how much your TWC bill is going to rise on Feb. 1. The cable company announced its rate increase via a glossy mailing…

The weather was frightful throughout the midsection of the United States this week, but it should surprise no one that Buffalo was one of the major areas that the network newscasts focused on. On Thursday morning, NBC's "Today" show featured a reporter doing a standup from Western New York and on Thursday night ABC's "World News Ton…

You may have seen the item in today's paper about ABC expanding the Buffalo edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to a two-hour show that will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 on WKBW-TV,Channel 7. Why was the extra hour needed for the show that will features the Massachusetts Avenue home rebuilt for Delores Powell, a Jamaican immigra…

Barbara Walters had some surprising advice for Tiger Woods during her appearance Tuesday on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Walters said that Woods should have done an interview before more of the tawdry details of his extramarital affairs came out but added that now it is too late. "Now, I don't think he should do an interview,"…