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It looks like Channel 2 News may have overestimated the news audience interested in the Lynn DeJac case. The Friday prime-time special reported by Scott Brown, "What Happened to Crystallynn?," earned a 3.4 rating for the hour representing 3.4 percent of area households. Of course, the program -- which bounced an NBC program -- didn't have much in it that hadn't…

Tony Canastrano, the Buffalo bathtub salesman, and his large family put on quite a fun show during Wednesday's edition of NBC's "Deal or No Deal." But if he didn't have bad luck he didn't have any luck at all. After getting an offer as high as $157,000 from the show's banker, Canastrano ignored the advice of one of his sons -- who said "there's no safety n…

Now it can be told. Of course, "Law & Order" wasn't about to have Detective Ed Green become a murderer in Jesse L. Martin's last episode. Martin's character went on trial to nobly protect a beautiful woman he had once been involved with because he felt guilty about making her a gambler like he had been and seeing her become an embezzler to pay for her losses…

Creator Dick Wolf wouldn't dare end Jesse L. Martin's career on "Law & Order" by making his character Detective Ed Green a murderer? Or would he? NBC's promos reveal far too much about Martin's finale, which airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 2, especially when you consider that Wolf has asked critics like me who have seen the episode not to reveal too muc…

Everybody knows we have a tradition in our neck of the woods of jocks trading on their instant recognizability to run for political office. Whatever you think about it, it's an established fact of life in Western New York--Jack Kemp, Ed Rutkowski and now, apparently, with his hat in the ring along with his trunks, "Baby Joe" Mesi. So why, then, not a veteran B…

Vice President Dick Cheney proved a tough act to follow for comedian Mo Rocca at the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner carried on C-Span Wednesday night. The vice president had the media crowd rolling in the aisles as he made self-deprecating fun of his hunting ability and image and took some good-natured shots at the assembled press. Rocca, w…

Get ready for some late Sunday dinners next NFL season. The NFL schedule announced today only gives the Buffalo Bills one prime-time game on ESPN's Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 17. But a closer look at the schedule indicates the team could get more prime-time exposure because of the number of 4 p.m. Sunday games on the schedule. Often times w…

It is deja vu all over again for CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. This week's report from The Wall Street Journal from anonymous sources that Couric may leave her anchor seat after the 2009 presidential inauguration is eerily similar to an April 2007 story by Philadelphia newspaper reporter Gail Shister. “CBS executives deny it, but there’s a growing sentime…

As predicted, CBS has bounced its new reality series, "Secret Talents of the Stars," after only one airing. Tuesday's 10 p.m. premiere bombed locally and nationally. CBS announced Thursday that it will be replaced for two weeks by episodes of "48 Hours Mystery," when "Shark" will move into the time slot. Or you disappointed? Or secretly hap…

Apparently, Western New York and America can live without knowing the "Secret Talents of the Stars." The CBS reality show, which was scheduled to feature 16 stars -- including George Takei, Clint Black and Danny Bonaduce -- had the kind of opening night rating Tuesday that could shut it down after one performance. It averaged a 4.5 rating on WIVB-TV, the loca…

Channel 7 anchor-reporter Melanie Pritchard is the latest TV news veteran to see greener pastures outside the business. She confirms that she will be leaving beleaguered 7 News at the end of the May sweeps to work for her mother's real estate business based in Ellicottville. At 40, it is understandable that Pritchard has decided it is the right time for a career change. B…

     We knew they were passionate, but irate is not a term associated with fans of novelist Jane Austen.     Still, mad is what they were when they tuned in March 30 to watch the new adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" on WNED as part of "Masterpiece: The Complete Jane Austen" and were greeted instead by a pledge-drive sp…

Britney Spears sure got a lot of attention for her light workout as a ditzy, love-starved receptionist on the CBS comedy, "How I Met Your Mother." The "Today" show on rival NBC even ran a story this morning on her "comeback." Spears delivered her lines in the cameo well, but they weren't as funny as the recent "South Park" spoof abo…

Thanks to its post-writers' strike takes on Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, "Saturday Night Live" is back in the limelight. But other than its satirical openings and "Weekend Update" co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, the show hasn't been any funnier than it has been in recent years. Have you come back to wa…

Thanks to some happy talk courtesy of Channel 4 anchor Jacquie Walker, viewers learned Monday that Mary Travers Murphy, the wife of sports anchor John Murphy, cried when she saw her husband work his first day on Channel 4. Of course, some wag suggested that she was just happy to get him of the house after leaving Channel 7 six months ago and into our living rooms. Using …