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7 News reporter Aaron Baskerville has left the station to return to his native Chicago. He is joining CLTV, the 24-hour cable news operation in Chicago. Besides the lure of home and a much bigger market, Baskerville has other family reasons for heading to the Windy City. His father, Steve, is a popular weatherman with the CBS affiliate there. Baskerville's departure leav…

  The unauthorized biography, "Katie: The Real Story" comes out today and it's a brutal, one-sided look at the woman who now sits in Walter Cronkite's chair on the "CBS Evening News." Author Edward Klein takes Couric to task for everything from the length of her skirts to the men she dates.  Much of the book reads like the gossip that spreads…

Fox gave the reality show "Anchorwoman" the quick hook Thursday, only hours after the premiere of the series ended. Lauren Jones, the former swimsuit model and WWE diva trying out as an anchor at a Texas station even though she doesn't have any journalistic credentials, was the immediate victim of poor ratings. Despite getting a good deal of publicity, the premi…

The NFL Network is coming to Western New York --for an hour a week anyway. MyNetwork TV, which is carried by WNYO-TV in Buffalo, announced today that it will be carrying the hour-long program, "NFL Network: Total Access" at 9 p.m. Saturdays beginning Sept.8. The program, which previews upcoming games and airs segments from other shows on the Network, features hos…

Channel 7 anchor Joanna Pasceri and the station's other anchors have done something extremely rare on newscasts lately. They have apologized for all the technical glitches that the ABC affiliate has been dealing with lately. Things have gotten increasingly confusing during newscasts.. In the station's first on-air apology over the weekend, Pasceri blamed new equipment the…

Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin says in a station promo that he is one of the avid readers of the station's Web site forum.But it is safe to say that not everyone at the station is amused by some of the salacious unfiltered posts. After all, they include rumors about Channel 2's own staffers. Amazingly, some of them have stayed on the station's Web site for more than a week.J…

     America's new favorite dancer on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Sabra Johnson, may owe her title to judge Nigel Lythgoe.At the end of Wednesday's taped final competition show, Lythgoe made a brief pitch for a female winner because there hadn't been one in two earlier seasons. "From the show's point of view, it would be good to see a …

Here's excellent news for fans of David Lynch's surreal television series "Twin Peaks." Paramount Home Studios is releasing the "Definitive Gold Box Edition" of the series on Oct. 30. So what, you ask? Here's what makes it so important: It will include the beautifully crafted series pilot that has previously been unavailable on home video here in the s…

While I was on vacation, it was nice to see Channel 2 News declare that County Executive Joel Giambra's feud with the station is over. Anchor Scott Levin said during a recent newscast that Giambra ended the practice of not advising the station of press conferences in advance because he felt he made his point.And what point is that? That he could be petty and punish the sta…

Could the blame game have worked this week on Bravo's "Top Chef"? It certainly appeared that way. This week's elimination challenge featured two-person teams that had to create a frozen Mediterrnean meal that could be cooked in 10 minutes. Hung and Howie, the two most volatile personalities on "Top Chef," continued to take their failures out on others…

Here's the big news from the just-concluded July sweeps, considered the least important of the year.Channel 2's 6 a.m. newscast, "Daybreak," co-anchored by Jodi Johnston and Pete Gallivan, triumphed over News 4 Buffalo's "Wake Up," co-anchored by Victoria Hong and Lisa Scott, for the first time since meters began measuring viewership in 2000.Channel 2 w…

     It was hard to leave Beverly Hills 90210. Literally. I was ready to come back home to Buffalo after 11 days in California at the annual TV critics meetings. After all, you can only interview so many television stars and go to so many parties before longing for the real world.I suspect my 21-hour trip back home was a horror story that is being played out…

Fans of the canceled ABC series "The Nine" get the chance to watch the remainder of the unaired episodes beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Tim Daly, Kim Raver, Scott Wolf and Chi McBride starred in the critically acclaimed drama about the lives of nine people who were taken hostage in a bank robbery. Seven episodes of the show had previously aired; ABC will now sho…

     BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- If there was a worst-kept secret than Monday's naming of Drew Carey as Bob Barker's replacement on "The Price Is Right," it is the entire cast of the Fox hit "House" will return this fall despite a cliff-hanger that suggested otherwise.That became obvious here Monday when the actors who play the former assist…

   BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, who play Pittsburgh co-anchors in a new Fox series, "Back to You," don't exactly have a high opinion of local TV news.Asked if it was weird being back in broadcasting after playing radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier on "Frasier," Grammer drew some laughs with his answer."Well, I l…