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The second season of FX's "American Crime Story" is called "The Assassination of Gianni Versace." The first was the smash hit and award season bonanza "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson." Versace begins at 10 p.m. Jan. 17. It confronts a specific period's homophobia directly in a way that, despite the geometrically progressing acceleration of the subject everywhere, is sti…

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The Buffalo Bills' 10-3 loss to Jacksonville Sunday in a NFL wild-card playoff game made ratings history. It had the season's highest TV rating and approached Super Bowl-type numbers. The game had a 51.1 rating and a 77 share on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked with a 54.7 rating near game's end at 4 p.m. That means 51.1 percent of TV househ…

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CBS said last week that No. 1 analyst Tony Romo didn't have time for an interview before the Buffalo Bills playoff game with Jacksonville because he was busy studying for it all week. I was a little skeptical that he couldn't find 15 minutes to talk. But after Romo's work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz during Jacksonville's 10-3 victory over Buffalo, my s…

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By Brooks Barnes and Cara Buckley BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It took only four minutes for Harvey Weinstein to be booed Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globes. Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of misconduct – prompting police investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of his former studio – was a major figure at the Globes for decades. He was seen as a …

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First-rate crime drama. Cerebral scripts. A brooding atmosphere. True Detective has all that and features gripping investigations in Louisiana and California; it will move to the Ozarks in its recently green-lit third season. Title: True Detective Year it began: 2014 Where it can be seen: HBO; Amazon; DVD Who’s in it: Matthew McConaughey; Woody Harrelson; Tory …

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In another example of a prominent staffer at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) changing his mind, Adam Benigni will return as sports director Monday rather than become co-anchor of the morning program "Daybreak." Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said the coming departure of sports backup anchor-reporter Jonah Javad for a job in Dallas may have influenced Benigni's decision to r…

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With the Buffalo Bills in a playoff game for the first time in 18 years, play-by-play calls of previous postseason games by the late announcers Van Miller and Dick Enberg are running through my mind. I'm hoping they are together in football heaven Sunday reminiscing about the Bills' 51-3 AFC title victory over the Oakland Raiders that sent the Bills to their first Super…

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The three network affiliates that carry local news and one local cable news channel are planning extra coverage from Jacksonville for the Buffalo Bills first NFL playoff game in 18 years. The sports reporters and anchors being sent to Florida all have something in common that illustrates how long it has been since the Bills made the postseason and how much turnover ther…

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On the Buffalo Bills' flight home from Miami after securing their first playoff game in 18 years, John Murphy called over Bills lineman Kyle Williams to watch the video of the celebration after his 1-yard touchdown run in the Bills' 22-16 win over the Dolphins. Murphy gave Williams a nickname previously used for a Chicago Bears defensive lineman. "I called him Fridge…

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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) has hired a cable news anchor and YouTube comedienne with Western New York roots, but General Manager Jim Toellner isn't saying what her role will be at the NBC affiliate. Kate Welshofer, a Western New York native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, announced in a Facebook post two weeks ago she was leaving Spectrum News in the Capital Distri…

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The Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the 10th anniversary game of the NHL's Winter Classic lost about two-thirds of the local TV audience from the 2008 game played in what was then named Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Monday's game from Citi Field in the borough of Queens in New York City had a preliminary 12.4 rating on WGRZ-TV (Chann…

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"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor is a noted Buffalo Bills fan, given his roots in Tonawanda. CBS was among the national news outlets that have picked up the tremendous outpouring of donations from Bills fans for the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation as a thank you for Dalton's late heroics Sunday. With Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Baltimore Ravens, t…

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The Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday was the second highest-rated game of the season and enabled the team's TV ratings for the season that ended the 17-year playoff drought to finish the same as they were a year ago. The game had a preliminary 43.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, despite competing with New Year's Eve ce…

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CBS play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon was having a very solid game even before he called the Kyle Williams' 1-yard touchdown run in the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday. But Catalon's excitement on the Williams call and the fact that he even recognized the defensive lineman had the ball -- while analyst James Lofton rambled on about the pr…

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"The Crown" is a sumptuously filmed historical period drama that focuses on the United Kingdom’s royal family. It brings us inside the halls of palaces and prime ministers’ chambers and offers an absorbing study of the modern British monarchy. Title: "The Crown" Year it began: 2016 Where it can be seen: Netflix Who’s in it: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kir…