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Viewers have been paying for cable television service for decades, to get a better picture, more stations, premium channels and, more recently, live-time recording, high definition and shows on demand. The question is, is now also the time for our longtime major networks and local channels to join the ranks of premium content? LIN television,  owner locally of CBS a…

And the clear winner in Thursday' night's vice presidential debate was -- Gwen Ifill, the moderator. Ifill was barely mentioned in the post-mortems of the debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. And when you're the moderator, there can't be much better praise than that. Ifill, who has said she…

In Tina Fey's latest hysterically funny portrayal of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the Republican vice presidential nominee asked for a "lifeline" when she had trouble answering a question from "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric (played by Amy Poehler). On Monday night, Sen. John McCain, who chose Gov. Palin as his run…

Gov. Sarah Palin is getting the Katie Couric treatment in more ways than one. After the second night of Couric's interview with the Republican vice presidential nominee ran on The CBS Evening News, MSNBC commentators Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann began speculating Thursday night that Gov. Palin eventually could be removed from the ticket led by presidential nominee …

Showtime's raunchy series, Californication" won't be very entertaining if last season's happy ending is without some bumps in the road in its second season, which begins at 10 p.m. Sunday on the pay-cable channel. The question is how long it will take author Hank Moody (David Duchovny) to ruin his relationship with his longtime lover Karen (Natascha McElhone). In la…

NBC News reporter Luke Russert was given a lesson this week about the dangers of telling the truth in a less than perfect way in a political year. The 23-year-old son of the late "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert quickly apologized for a statement he made to "Today" host Matt Lauer after a Wednesday report about how the presidential race is viewed by s…

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In a word, no. It was just another of last season's silly "cliffhangers" that have come to land on solid ground this week. "NCIS" watchers at last season's end were suddenly confronted with their much-loved surly boss whose staff had been broken up and exiled a la the staff of Gregory House, M.D. On "House" last season, it amounted to &quo…

If you were one of the viewers of Sunday's Emmy telecast who wondered what winners "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" are about, AMC is going to give you another chance to find out. The first eight episodes of season two of "Mad Men" -- which is set in the advertising industry in New York City in the 1960s -- will be part of an AMC marathon that …

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You should always watch "TMZ" -- not every night, but at least once or twice a week. It's not the place to go to discover the most pertinent truths about contemporary Hollywood or even current celebrity, but it's certainly what you need to see to check up on the state of malice in America. One of my favorite recent "TMZ" reports showed us David Caru…

The low local ratings for the return of NBC's confusing drama "Heroes," may be as scary to the network as some of the suspense in the show's two-hour season premiere was to fans. Up against the extremely popular CBS and ABC Monday night lineups, "Heroes" finished third in its time slot here and only averaged about a 5.2 rating on Channel 2 for its on…

William Fichtner, the actor from Cheektowaga who stars in the Fox drama, “Prison Break,” already has his next role lined up. TNT, which recently renewed Steven Bochco's legal series, "Raising the Bar," for a second season, announced today that Fichtner will be the lead in a new drama pilot, “Night and Day” created by Joel Surnow (“24”) an…

To borrow a line from Art Linkletter, NFL analysts say the darndest things. I almost fell off my chair Sunday when CBS analyst Dan Fouts suggested the Bills think about kicking a field goal when they had a first down on the Oakland 14-yard line with about four minutes left in their 24-23 victory over the Raiders. Fouts was saved by play-by-play Don Criqui, who asked him i…

One imagines that "Saturday Night Live" may find a way during Weekend Update to respond to Gov. Sarah Palin's reaction to last week's opening skit featuring Tiny Fey as the Republican vice presidential candidate and Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Clinton The Alaska governor told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview that she didn't have the volume on but thoug…

It didn't go off without a hitch and wasn't entirely Chamber of Commerce material, but overall today's  Whistle-Stop tour visit of ABC's "Good Morning America" to Niagara Falls was a pretty positive experience for the area. Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion were incredibly cheerful throughout the show as they enjoyed seeing a rainb…

Former Channel 4 sports director Dennis Williams is expected to join Channel 2 in its sales department as early as next week. According to sources, Williams isn't expected to join the station's sports department, but could appear occasionally on some special programs. The move isn't expected to immediately impact Williams' work at WGR radio, where he hosts a Monday morni…