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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…

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…