If you've seen Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 horror film “Psycho,” you probably think you know Norman Bates. But every deranged killer has his own story. “Bates Motel” takes you inside the mind of Norman Bates and how he arrived at all that depravity. The fifth and final 10-episode season premieres Feb. 20. Title: “Bates Motel” Year it began: 2013 …

When Fox play-by-play Joe Buck said New England needed “an unprecedented comeback” in the Super Bowl when it was behind Atlanta, 28-9, my immediate thought was Bills fans would be nervous even in that position against the Patriots. After all, only something like a 28-all tie could happen to the Bills, right. Then the unprecedented happened. Shortly after quart…

SANTA MONICA, Calif – The telephone rings in the modest office of famed television writer David Milch. It is good news. The 71-year-old Buffalo native was told he is being hired to run the second season of a program that was successful in year one. He could use the work. And the money that comes with it. The office of his production company, Red Board, is on …

TORONTO — The director Rob Lieberman likes to say, “Film works on a catastrophic standard.” He says it with verve. His soft dark eyes allow a twinkle through his circular spectacles; his “Jesus-trimmed beard” (as his ex-wife, the actress Marilu Henner, once called it) bends into a smile. Lieberman, a Buffalo native who moved to Hollywood nearly 50 years ago…

It looks like WBBZ-TV is planning to do a local version of the female talk shows on network television, “The View” and “The Talk.” Station owner Phil Arno announced today that the hourlong “Daily Buzz 716” will soon premiere on the station primarily known for carrying old television shows via MeTV. The show dealing with timely issues eventually will air l…

Rex Ryan has changed my game plan on Super Bowl Sunday. I usually ignore the hours and hours of pregame shows on The NFL Network (starts at 9 a.m.), Fox (starts at 11 a.m.) and ESPN (starts at 11 a.m.) because there is next to nothing new to say about the game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons by Sunday. But now that the former Buffalo Bills coach …

When we first see David Haller, he tells us it's his "260th Thursday on the cruise ship Mental Health." He resides at a place reassuringly called the Clockwork Psychiatric Hospital. He's been there six years. What they tell him about himself is that he's a paranoid schizophrenic. And, no doubt, he is. That explains the frequency with which he sees and hears people who a…

The legacies of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick aren’t the only ones on display on Super Bowl Sunday. About 10 p.m. Sunday after the Fox post-game show ends, fans of the adrenaline-rush, action series “24” will also see whether Jack Bauer will be able to pass on his legacy to Eric Carter in the sequel: “24: Legacy.” The o…

The Buffalo market had the second highest-rating for the NHL All-Star game Sunday. However, it still didn’t beat the NFL’s All-Star game, the Pro Bowl, here. WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate, had a 5.3 household rating for the hockey game that started in the afternoon. Buffalo was only behind the Pittsburgh market nationally even though only one Sabre, Kyle Okpos…

The kickoff of the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons isn’t until Sunday but there already is one winner: WUTV. Nick Magnini, the general manager of the local station affiliated with Fox, declined to give any figures for advertising revenue for the game. But according to sources, the game most likely is about a $500,000 local pay day for t…

Executive producer Norman Lear, who defined topical sitcoms of the 1970s with such hilarious classics as “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “Good Times,” reboots his show about a single working mother and her family contending with contemporary issues, usually in the comfort of their apartment and before a studio audience. Given a longer running time per episode …

In 2012, Mary Tyler Moore won the Screen Actor's Guild lifetime achievement award. The SAG Awards this weekend give us reason to contemplate interesting questions about one of the most beloved of American lives. For instance, would SAG have given her its lifetime prize if her entire achievement had ended when "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" did? What if her achievement had …

I’m the wrong audience for “Paranormal Lockdown,” the TLC series that at 9 tonight investigates whether the Statler Hotel is haunted. You have to be a believer to enjoy paranormal investigators Nick Groff (“Ghost Adventures”) and Katrina Weidman (“Paranormal State”)  as they use their technological gadgets to search for evidence that something funny is go…

Kevin O’Connell was doing weather at Channel 4 near the beginning of his television career 40 years ago and ended up talking, eating and sleeping at the station for four days. Barry Lillis had to be convinced to head to Channel 2 by his family members, who didn’t see him again for days. Tom Jolls couldn’t see two feet in front of him doing the Weather Outside a…