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You knew that the late Tim Russert would get some prominent mentions and highlights during the 70th anniversary program of NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. But there were a couple of unscripted moments that had to bring smiles to some fans of the late South Buffalo legend. During Chuck Todd's interview with Buffalo native Thomas E. Perez, the chairman of the Democratic…

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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sportscaster Stu Boyar was calling the Cheektowaga-Maryvale football game in the Section VI championships from New Era Field Saturday when he was suddenly told the live stream on the station's website had to stop. That meant viewers watching via Channel 2's website missed the exciting finish of Cheektowaga's 28-27 victory in the Class B game. It a…

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If you have questions about the universe, then satisfy your curiosity by binge-watching Through the Wormhole. With excellent visuals and interviews, and with Morgan Freeman as your guide, Through the Wormhole offers lively scientific programming. Title: Through the Wormhole Year it began: 2010 Where it can be seen: Science Channel; Amazon; Hulu Who’s in it: M…

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When University at Buffalo graduate John Reiss began working on "The NBC Nightly News" in the 1990s, he met Tim Russert at NBC's Washington, D.C. bureau. Reiss was trying to think what to talk about with the Buffalo legend when a shared love came to mind: the Buffalo Bills. "I thought, I have to find some point of contact and said, 'Wait a second. The Bills. This is …

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Every "Meet the Press" viewer undoubtedly is aware of moderator Chuck Todd's affinity for the late Buffalo legend Tim Russert. But they most likely are unaware of another significant Buffalo angle to Todd's three-year run as moderator that continues Sunday (9 a.m., WGRZ-TV) with the 70th anniversary celebration of television's longest-running program: The executive prod…

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After the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders four nights ago raised playoff hopes, the Bills' Thursday Night Football game with the New York Jets might have been expected to be the top-rated game of the season. The Jets' dominating performance in a 34-21 victory prevented that from happening by a slim margin. The game had a combined rating of 40.3 …

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CBS analyst Tony Romo was as good as advertised. The Buffalo Bills weren't. Unlike the Bills, Romo didn't disappoint in the New York Jets' 34-21 victory on Thursday Night Football. It was the first time for many Bills fans to watch a whole game called by Romo to see if all the positive national reviews for the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback's new job were warra…

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The Houston Astros' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the World Series Wednesday night for the first time in the team's history had a 12.3 rating on WUTV (Channel 29). Naturally, it was the highest-rated game locally and the only one to hit double figures. The three-hour, 40-minute game was the highest-rated program of the night, but the syndi…

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I've spent a long time trying to find out why the documentary film, "Long Time Running," about the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, wasn't carried via CTV on Spectrum cable locally on Oct. 20. Naturally, it was available over the air to Western New Yorkers. But several readers and Hip fans who wanted to watch the film on Spectrum about the popular Canadian ba…

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CBS has spent a lot of time promoting the new version of "S.W.A.T." starring Shemar Moore, the return of "Young Sheldon" and the move back to Thursday night for "The Big Bang Theory," which had been airing on Mondays. But Western New Yorkers won't be seeing those heavily-promoted episodes as scheduled because WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, has the local b…

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If you love slapstick and seek surreal sitcom fun, then binge-watch Get a Life. Starring Chris Elliott as a psychotic paperboy, Get a Life reaches comic heights—or should I say depths?—that few shows have attained. Title: Get a Life Year it began: 1990 Where it can be seen: Amazon; DVD Who’s in it: Chris Elliott; Robin Riker; Bob Elliott; Elinor Donoghue;…

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With the rainy weather getting an assist, the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday hit a season-high rating of 40.8 on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. The previous high was a 36.9 rating for the Bills home victory over Denver on Sept. 24. The Bills have averaged a 36.8 rating for the first seven games of the surprising season, down about 4 p…

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Is James Lofton still talking? A year ago, CBS play-by-play man Andrew Catalon was teamed with former Bill Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein as dual analysts. Now Catalon is teamed with Lofton, who talked as much as two analysts during the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders. The Hall of Fame receiver is not going to get into the Broadcasti…

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The following column is offered with one giant-sized spoiler alert. If you were ever a watcher of Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and missed Sunday's season finale, you might want to go elsewhere and drop in after you have. I remain a "Ray Donovan" loyalist. If you think that's been easy this year, you're crazy. "Polarizing" is one commonly used word for this "Donovan" season …

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If Khalil Mack holds anything against Buffalo or the University at Buffalo, it wasn't apparent in "The NFL Today" feature that played before the game between Mack's Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. The short feature played more like a commercial for Mack's favorite restaurant near UB, Elmo's, and its chicken wings than anything. Mack was very positive about his…