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Considering the on-ice disappointment of not making the playoffs and finishing with fewer points than the year before, the Buffalo Sabres have to be pleased with their television ratings for the just-concluded season. The Sabres averaged a 6.2 rating for their games carried by MSG and the NBCSN, which was down about 6 percent from the 6.6 rating the team averaged for ga…

With acclaimed series “The OA” and the recent premiere of new film “The Discovery,” Netflix has cornered the market on emotionally involving, strongly spiritual mindbenders. The latter is noteworthy for several reasons. It's probably the most high-profile Netflix-only film to date (Adam Sandler trainwrecks notwithstanding). It features three major stars in Robert R…

It seemed to begin with the luxury automobile companies: Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, BMW. Soon came Lexus, Subaru. Infiniti, Mitsubishi and Jaguar. As the week went on, it turned into a numbers game. It was like watching a stock collapse on the big board. The velocity of prestigious advertisers reported fleeing Bill O'Reilly's nightly news hour continually increased to spee…

Channel 2 weatherman Kevin O’Connell’s potential candidacy for Erie County clerk lasted about as long as a brief summer shower. O’Connell said Monday he will remain with WGRZ-TV through the end of his contract in June of 2018, despite conversations with local Democrats over the past several weeks about running for the vacant post. “The commitment I have made …

Bob Stilson's 11 a.m. Friday "Movie Show" with Sandy Beach was officially canceled after Friday's show. Here, over the weekend, is the statement that was sent at my request by Tim Wenger, operations manager of Entercom Radio: "In a time when resources are limited, we've made the decision to end the Movie Show and focus our efforts and resources on programming on the top…

If you want to experience the golden ages of world history through exquisitely presented miniseries, then binge-watch Empires from PBS. With outstanding production values and engaging narration, Empires offers sublimely illuminating portraits of great cultural periods. Title: "PBS Empires" Year it began: 10 Where it can be seen: PBS, Amazon Prime. Narrated by…

WKBW legend Irv Weinstein may have left his anchor's seat for the last time in 1998, but he never left the telethon. And though the ravages of Lou Gehrig's disease have taken their toll over the past six months, Weinstein remains as committed to the Variety Kids Telethon as he ever was. "Every year about this time, I get misty eyed thinking about the telethon and the ki…

Scott Brown, a familiar face on WGRZ's news broadcasts since the early 1980s, died Friday after a long fight with cancer, the station reported. He was 59. According to WGRZ, Brown was born in West Orange, N.J., and studied broadcast journalism at SUNY Buffalo State. He later moved to WEBR radio and began his first tenure at WGRZ in 1982. Between stints at the televi…

Come now. You know very well who the corpse is on this weekend's finale of "Big Little Lies" on HBO. You've known since episode two when one of the cast members started doing things so foul and heinous to a beloved movie star that no soap opera candidate for murder could possibly have been improved upon. We've known since the seven-episode beauty began that there was bo…

If ever there were a series that should appeal to a columnist, it is the new WNED-TV acquisition "800 Words." It may be set down under in Australia and nearby New Zealand, but it has a "Northern Exposure" quality in that it is full of quirky characters. The local premiere of a new acquisition from Australia that has been on the air there for two years is at 10 tonigh…

You have questions, I have answers. Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to the launch of "TBD" on one of the Sinclair Broadcasting sub-channels? A WUTV spokesperson said Tuesday that "TBD" has launched earlier on Sinclair stations across the country, but it won't happen here until May 1. The delay may have confused some readers expecting to see the channel…

Notes, quotes and ratings from a dial-switcher during March Madness: At first glance, the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a huge hit, with ratings up 50 percent on the local CBS affiliate, WIVB-TV, compared to a year ago. But a closer look shows that the huge gain is largely the result of the 2016 tournament tanking here a year ago. Going into Saturday's natio…

Buffalo native Stephen Nathan left his full-time position on the Fox series "Bones" a few years ago, but he came back briefly to say goodbye to a show that has been in his bones for more than a decade. Nathan, who had been the showrunner for several years, is given a "story by" credit for the Tuesday series finale (9 p.m., WUTV). If you watched last Tuesday's episode…

The streaming service Netflix thinks it knows its customers as well as Jerry and George know each other on “Seinfeld.” While looking for “Love” months ago, Netflix advised me that I might also enjoy another romantic comedy, “Lovesick.” And it was right. British humor doesn’t always translate well across the pond. But “Lovesick” is an excellent compa…