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The only Fox program that I watch regularly is "Lethal Weapon" and I'm not alone in Western New York. It is the highest-rated Fox program here after live viewing and seven days later on television, barely edging the retired "Bones" and the national hit "Empire." So my primary concern Monday when Fox announced its fall schedule was what the network was going to do wit…

NBC's fall schedule includes a move of its popular freshman series "This Is Us" that could lead to some serious negotiations between viewers in relationships. In moving this year's Tuesday hit to Thursday, "This Is Us" will play opposite Thursday Night Football during much of the NFL season. The Thursday Night Football series will be carried on the NFL Network, CBS a…

Title: “Death in Paradise” Year it began: 2011 Where it can be seen: Seasons 1-5 —Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunesSeries 6 on DVD Who’s in it: Ben Miller, Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules, Gary Carr, Don Warrington, Elizabeth Bourgine, Kris Marshall, Joséphine Jobert, Tobe Bakare Typical episode length: 52-59 minutes Number of episodes to date: 48 Bri…

President Trump took it on the chin on "Today" this morning from NBC analyst Nicolle Wallace, a Republican who was the director of communications for President George W. Bush. Noting that in a Thursday interview with NBC's Lester Holt that the president contradicted his own White House staffers discussing the Comey firings, Wallace said: "I was never asked to go out and…

The first two weeks of sweeps month have been very good locally for CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Colbert's  household rating for the first two weeks here is about 30 percent higher than the ratings here for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." He won again Thursday night when Fallon actually dipped to third here behind ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." C…

The first two weeks of the final sweeps period of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin's TV career illustrate the closeness of the local news competition. It also indicates that Channel 2 should be concerned about Levin's exit, which could lead to more viewers to sample the newscasts of its rivals. At the halfway point of the sweeps, Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) and Chan…

I used to watch ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" religiously. Not to worship, of course; just for the edification. What Dick Schaap moderated 0n Sunday morning TV in the 1990s was a panel of some of the nation's best sportswriters to comment weekly on the erupting number of issues involved in contemporary sports. Sports coverage had completely changed. It wasn't just…

WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin will do something in less than two weeks rarely seen in Western New York. The 53-year-old Levin will walk off the set at the Delaware Avenue station and leave the business in the prime of his broadcasting life. Anchors or weathercasters not named Carol Jasen don't do that here. Channel 2's Kevin O'Connell and John Beard, C…

You can add WKBW-TV (Channel 7) anchor Keith Radford to the list of news veterans extending their stays on local television. Radford, who will be 66 in October, originally planned to exit at the end of this year when his present contract runs out. But family reasons are partly responsible for a change in plans. "I think I'm going to do another year," said Radford …

Buffalo Bills fans (and this critic) won't have CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots to kick around anymore. Wilcots has announced that his 16-year run as a NFL analyst on CBS is over. He and his play-by-play partner, Spero Dedes, worked the Bills season opener in 2016 against Baltimore. I can't recall them doing another game last season, but I might just be blocking it out of m…

 This is what I'm thinking: It is hardly surprising that the popular daytime program "Live with Kelly and Ryan" has picked Niagara Falls, Ont. rather than the New York side of the Falls as the location for episodes that will run June 5 and June 6. After all, many Western New Yorkers take visiting friends and relatives to the Canadian side because it has more spectac…

“American Idol” is coming back, but not on Fox. ABC announced this morning that it has reached agreement with the producers of the popular singing competition program that produced several singing stars to run during the 2017-18 season. That could mean the fall or in January of 2018. However, it didn't announce a host or judges. Former "Idol" host Ryan Seacres…

A voice in the back of my head said "say something nice about local TV news." So I'm going to congratulate some recent award winners in local broadcasting and dish out some other praise. Rich Newberg, who retired from WIVB-TV (Channel 4) almost a year and a half ago, received a New York State Emmy Award Saturday night in the Talent: Performer/Narrator category for a …

NBC's "Today" headlined a story this morning about the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into a crude comment made last week by CBS' late night host Stephen Colbert with the graphic: "No Joke!" But all the attention that the FCC's investigation is getting for announcing it is looking into complaints about the offensive comment is practically a joke. A…