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If the lack of celebrities didn't kill NBC's hour presentation of the strike edition of the Golden Globe Awards, its choice of co-hosts probably did. Apparently the superficial takes of Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell on the surprises wasn't enough to attract many local viewers. The program averaged a meager 3.5 rating on Channel 2, which was actually .6 lower than the earlie…

We'll have several weeks at least to contemplate the latest breakup in the lives of Dr. Derek Shepard (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on the final episode of "Grey's Anatomy" filmed before the writers strike. Okay, the suspense won't be killing me. Like the characters, I just can't take any more breakups. This time, the issue Thursday was ov…

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel certainly got more out of the late-night exchange program with NBC's Jay Leno Thursday night than Leno did when they appeared on each other's shows. Both hosts seemed to have a good time and told some interesting stories. But Kimmel also used the occasion to address some newsworthy issues, such as the NBC plan to have Leno vacate "The Tonight Show&…

I turned on Channel 2 at 7 this morning and expected to quickly see Tim Russert analyze the surprising results in the New Hampshire primary on NBC's "Today." Instead, the local NBC affiliate stayed for about 15 minutes with reports on the havoc the high winds were causing. It was a smart move for a news department that continues its quest to become the station …

I never thought I'd write this sentence. The premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice" last Thursday was such a hoot I can't wait until Thursday's second episode. Thanks to Vincent Pastore, Piers Morgan, Stephen Baldwin and Gene Simmons, the premiere had more laughs than "The Office," which filled the 9 p.m. Thursday time slot until it ran out of original…

     If television reality shows are any indication, Buffalo has a deep talent pool.It was only minutes into the new ABC series "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" when another young Buffalo performer was in the national spotlight.     Quandrell, 19, a tall, self-taught dancer, said he was there to put "Buffalo on the map" du…

There's no debating what was more important to Western New Yorkers Saturday night between NFL playoff football and presidential debates. Football won in a landslide here. Jacksonville's wild-card upset of Pittsburgh on NBC (14.9) outdrew the debates on ABC featuring Republican and Democratic candidates by about a 3-1 margin here. The Republican debate among John McCain, …

Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens probably is right -- his appearance with Mike Wallace on CBS' "60 Minutes" probably won't change anyone's mind about his alleged use of steroids. But no one can accuse Wallace -- who was portrayed as a fan of the New York Yankees and Clemens before the interview -- of throwing softballs at Clemens. Wallace, 89, did his job …

After the November tornado episode, "Desperate Housewives" had a tough act to follow. Sunday night's resolution was a little anti-climactic but had its endearing, funny and ironic moments. Predictably, the writers played it safe by allowing Lynette Scavo's (Felicity Huffman) husband Tom (Doug Savant) and children to survive. For a brief moment, I thought the wr…

Well, there certainly were some surprises Wednesday night when the late night network talk shows returned. David Letterman and Conan O'Brien sported beards. More surprising, Jay Leno sported a "Tonight Show" monologue after all. It was believed he would have to without one. Not surprisingly, the all said they support the striking Writers Guild. Letterman's supp…

Ohmygod. You have to wonder why people like the Guastaferros of Williamsville agree to humiliate themselves on reality shows like ABC's "Wife Swap." Even when you factor in how reality shows exaggerate things in shows like this to promote the tension, the Guastaferros came across very badly. It is hard to see which member of the family -- sexist and obnoxious d…

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.…