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CBS analyst Tony Romo was as good as advertised. The Buffalo Bills weren't. Unlike the Bills, Romo didn't disappoint in the New York Jets' 34-21 victory on Thursday Night Football. It was the first time for many Bills fans to watch a whole game called by Romo to see if all the positive national reviews for the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback's new job were warra…

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The Houston Astros' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the World Series Wednesday night for the first time in the team's history had a 12.3 rating on WUTV (Channel 29). Naturally, it was the highest-rated game locally and the only one to hit double figures. The three-hour, 40-minute game was the highest-rated program of the night, but the syndi…

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I've spent a long time trying to find out why the documentary film, "Long Time Running," about the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, wasn't carried via CTV on Spectrum cable locally on Oct. 20. Naturally, it was available over the air to Western New Yorkers. But several readers and Hip fans who wanted to watch the film on Spectrum about the popular Canadian ba…

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CBS has spent a lot of time promoting the new version of "S.W.A.T." starring Shemar Moore, the return of "Young Sheldon" and the move back to Thursday night for "The Big Bang Theory," which had been airing on Mondays. But Western New Yorkers won't be seeing those heavily-promoted episodes as scheduled because WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, has the local b…

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If you love slapstick and seek surreal sitcom fun, then binge-watch Get a Life. Starring Chris Elliott as a psychotic paperboy, Get a Life reaches comic heights—or should I say depths?—that few shows have attained. Title: Get a Life Year it began: 1990 Where it can be seen: Amazon; DVD Who’s in it: Chris Elliott; Robin Riker; Bob Elliott; Elinor Donoghue;…

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With the rainy weather getting an assist, the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday hit a season-high rating of 40.8 on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. The previous high was a 36.9 rating for the Bills home victory over Denver on Sept. 24. The Bills have averaged a 36.8 rating for the first seven games of the surprising season, down about 4 p…

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Is James Lofton still talking? A year ago, CBS play-by-play man Andrew Catalon was teamed with former Bill Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein as dual analysts. Now Catalon is teamed with Lofton, who talked as much as two analysts during the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders. The Hall of Fame receiver is not going to get into the Broadcasti…

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The following column is offered with one giant-sized spoiler alert. If you were ever a watcher of Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and missed Sunday's season finale, you might want to go elsewhere and drop in after you have. I remain a "Ray Donovan" loyalist. If you think that's been easy this year, you're crazy. "Polarizing" is one commonly used word for this "Donovan" season …

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If Khalil Mack holds anything against Buffalo or the University at Buffalo, it wasn't apparent in "The NFL Today" feature that played before the game between Mack's Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. The short feature played more like a commercial for Mack's favorite restaurant near UB, Elmo's, and its chicken wings than anything. Mack was very positive about his…

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NEW YORK CITY — Alan Zweibel and his friend Billy Crystal were deep in conversation a few years ago. This is not a surprise. The two have been close since the mid-1970s, shortly after Zweibel graduated from the University at Buffalo, returned home to Long Island, and started performing stand-up at open mics in Manhattan. A not-yet-famous Crystal, who lived just 20 min…

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The holiday décor is up, preparations for the big day have been made and it’s time to sit back and relax with some seasonal viewing. That’s right: It’s time for Christmas movies. If it’s Halloween in the real world, it’s Christmas time in the world of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries which together are premiering 33 original holiday mov…

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A few weeks ago, Jeff Glor went up 49,000 feet in an airplane for a story about the attempt of NASA engineers to lower the sound of the sonic boom. After footage of the flight's aerobatics were illustrated in an upside down maneuver, Glor went on the set of the CBS morning show and told his colleagues that "there was nothing like it." He had a similar Cloud 9 experie…

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Former University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders may be talking about his return to Western New York after all. CBS sent out a release today noting that its Sunday pregame show, "The NFL Today," plans to preview Oakland's game with the Bills "with a feature on the Raiders All-Pro linebacker "as he returns to Buffalo to take on the Bills." One woul…

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Local television viewership was much higher than usual for Wednesday morning and afternoon's coverage of the funeral of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) averaged a 7.5 rating for the almost six hours of coverage. That is much higher than the ratings for most prime time entertainment programs. Over the same period of time, the WIVB (Channel 4) …

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Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor was thinking about his roots Wednesday when he was named the next anchor of "The CBS Evening News." "Western New York has been on the top of mind for me through this entire process," said Glor in a brief telephone interview. "I am immensely proud to be from Buffalo and tell people that's where I am from." Glor, who has yet to be quo…