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Fans of former Buffalonian Jesse L. Martin and "Law & Order" are in a for a treat Sunday on TNT. The cable channel plans to run an 11-hour marathon of "memorable" episodes in the life of Martin's character, Det. Ed. Green. The marathon starts at 2 p.m. and runs through 1 a.m. The marathon includes Martin's first appearance on the popular NBC se…

The local ratings for "American Idol" during the season may have slipped, but viewers tuned in at a very high rate the night that the two Davids -- Archuleta and Cook -- were named the finalists. The Wednesday results show that saw Syesha Mercado exit had a 20.2 rating on WUTV, which was about 30 percent higher than the 2007 show on the same night. It had a 1…

You could debate the news merits of devoting about two hours and 30 minutes to live coverage of the gunman on the 190 on Monday, but it is clear viewers couldn't turn off the standoff even if next to nothing happened for most of the time. All three local news channels experienced abnormally high ratings during the drama. Of course, the high ratings after 8 p.m. could be p…

Judging by my emails and party conversations, the most popular decision that ABC made today was renewing the spring series, "Eli Stone, " for next fall. The series about a lawyer with a brain aneurysm that may have led to his unusual visions is one of several new ABC shows that will be coming back after the unusual 2007-08 season interrupted by the writers' stri…

It is hard to say what was tougher to explain -- why the man on the 190 Monday night was holding a gun to his head or why the three local news departments carried the standoff live when very little happened for about two hours and 30 minutes before he was captured. This was easily a story that could have waited for regular coverage on the 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. news and also …

Time Warner Cable has sent out notices to subscribers saying that starting on June 24 HBO will only be available on digital channels 201 through 206, not on the analog Channel 5. A TWC spokesman said the analog duplication is being dropped in anticipation of the much-publicized national conversion to digital in February of 2009. The dropping of Channel 5 may upset HBO s…

With practically all the juicy details that Barbara Walters reveals in her new book, "Audition," already out there, the most surprisingly thing to come from her Tuesday appearance with Oprah Winfrey was how many lies she admitted to producing on TV to protect people. Walters said she went along with the lie that former "View" personality Star Jones was…

It was the end of the line Tuesday for Buffalo caterer Shayna Rachilson-Zadok on the Fox reality series, "Hell's Kitchen." Chef and host Gordon Ramsay dismissed her from the competition after an episode in which he criticized her for being too slow on the food line. While talking directly to Rachilson-Zadok, Ramsay showed some compassion. "A big heart, so…

As "Today" host Matt Lauer gently indicated this morning, there is a double standard when it comes to sexism on national morning shows. The morning program ran an "exclusive" interview by Ann Curry with Daniel Craig, who is filming his second James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," in Austria. The star-struck Curry slobbered all over Craig whi…

The blogosphere is abuzz over the war of words between veteran journalist Buzz Bissinger and Deadspin blogger Will Leitch during this week's edition of the HBO show "Costas Now." The fifty-something Bissinger, best known as the author of "Friday Night Lights," came out swinging, stunning the thirty-something Leitch for most of the 15-minute segment in …

There was a recurring national theme last Thursday when such big network shows as "Grey's Anatomy,""Lost," "Ugly Betty," "CSI" and "The Office" returned with their first original episodes since the writers' strike ended. And it was one that should concern the networks, which are living off their old hits in a season almost…

Can Dr. Addison Montgomery's (Kate Walsh's) return to "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday cause viewers to return after last week's gruesome and silly return episode? It will be a lot tougher job for Walsh, who got her own series, "Private Practice," this season, than convincing viewers to buy fancy cars as she does in those commercials that feature her sexy voi…

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…