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WKBW-TV (Channel 7) broadcasting legend Irv Weinstein is being honored on Oct. 26 at a local Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. In a Facebook post directed at Western New Yorkers, Irv's daughter, Beth Krom, said she is hoping to attend the dinner in her father's place. She lives in California near her father, who was diagnosed almo…

In what has been called a gay version of “Girls,” Josh Thomas created a realistic drama that deals with life-altering situations with wit, honesty, candidness and love. Title: Please Like Me Year It Began: 2013 Where It Can Be Seen: Hulu Who’s In It: Josh Thomas, Tomas Ward, David Roberts, Debra Lawrence, Renee Kim, Keegan Joyce, Hannah Gadsby Typical …

Leftovers before the long Labor Day holiday... A few people have wondered about non-compete clauses after former WKBW-TV (Channel 7) sportscaster Nick Filipowski moved to WIVB-TV (Channel 4) so quickly. Non-compete clauses are prohibited in the broadcasting industry in New York State. In other words, former WIVB-TV anchor-reporter Brittni Smallwood could immediately go …

Don't tell TV viewers or WKBW-TV's advertisers that the fourth National Football League preseason game is meaningless. The Buffalo Bills' 27-17 victory over the Detroit Lions in Thursday night's preseason finale also was a win for WKBW (Channel 7). The three-hour game had a 20.7 rating on Channel 7, making it the highest-rated game of the preseason and the highest-ra…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) is making an anchor change on the weekends. Liz Lewin will anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday in addition to working in the mornings from Tuesday through Friday. The Saturday newscasts are often delayed or canceled by ABC's college football coverage. Ali Touhey moves to the station's I-Team. Lia Lando anchors Sunday's newscasts, a…

Inquiring minds want to know: How often will loquacious Marty Biron work with fellow analyst Rob Ray and play-by-play men Rick Jeanneret and Dan Dunleavy during games in the 2017-18 National Hockey League season now that he has joined the Buffalo Sabres broadcast team? And what is Dunleavy's status? Mark Preisler, the executive vice president of media and content for Pe…

It took so long for popular WIVB-TV anchor-reporter Brittni Smallwood to say goodbye Tuesday to her Channel 4 colleagues in news, sales, promotion and engineering that she expected to be very late for a doctor's appointment. "I was saying goodbye all day," said Smallwood late Tuesday on her ride home near Rochester after announcing her departure on the separate "Wake Up…

While Adam Benigni of WGRZ weighs his options about staying in sports or moving to news, one of his options would appear to be as a frequent fill-in for John Beard during Beard's frequent "Daybreak" vacations and then eventually replace Beard permanently after he exits at the end of the year. Beard recently was in Los Angeles for some filming of the final season of "Arr…

WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Brittni Smallwood announced on "Wake Up!" this morning that she is leaving the station after five years. Smallwood anchored the morning program temporarily for almost a year before the station decided late last month to hire Melanie Orlins as the co-anchor alongside Jordan Williams. However, her decision to leave three weeks before she is d…

Inquiring minds want to know: Has WGRZ-TV's Adam Benigni made up his mind whether he'll stay in news as an anchor or return to sports? I've had a number of people ask that since Scott Levin decided three weeks ago to return to the station in September as its top male anchor after a brief stint in the automotive business. There has been some backlash from my readers t…

The Buffalo Bills rebounded in one area Saturday night – TV ratings. The Bills' 13-9 loss to Baltimore in one of the dullest preseason games in recent history had a 20.1 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC affiliate, making it the highest-rated TV program of the summer and obviously the highest-rated game of the first three preseason games under new coach Sea…

If you just can’t get enough of King Arthur stories, then binge-watch Camelot. Presenting Arthurian legend for the era of big-budget cable network fare, Camelot offers a gripping, racy take on this timeless British myth. Title: Camelot Year it began: 2011 Where it can be seen: STARZ; Amazon; Hulu; DVD Who’s in it: Joseph Fiennes; Eva Green; Jamie Campbell B…

The big question for Western New York fans of "Big Brother" this summer was: can Mark Jansen of Grand Island win the game and the $500,000 grand prize? That answer came Thursday night: no. Jansen was voted off, 4-2 after a summer in which he switched his loyalties frequently within the house and came to be regarded as a “flip-flopper.” So now the big question …

Western New Yorkers love reality in the summer. That's the No. 1 takeaway from looking at the local prime time ratings for broadcast programs during the July sweeps. It is the least important of the four ratings periods each year but they show what broadcast programs that WNY is watching in the summer when viewing patterns are different and many people head to cable …

A Grand Island man's stormy summer in the "Big Brother" house has come to an end. Mark Jansen, a personal trainer who was one of 16 "houseguests" vying for a $500,000 grand prize on the popular CBS reality show, made it to the final nine before the other competitors voted him off on Thursday's episode. The 16 people living in the house each summer have their every mo…