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Do you like vampire, werewolf, and ghost stories, but can’t decide which to watch? Have no fear: you’ll find all three binge-watching “Being Human,” a show about young and lively monsters struggling against their darker selves. Title: “Being Human” Year it began: 2011 Where it can be seen: Amazon; Itunes; Netflix Who’s in it: Sam Witwer; Meaghan Rath; Sam Hunti…

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This is what I'm thinking: Some alert readers have noted that an additional sub-channel has joined the WGRZ lineup. The channel Quest, described as a "new multicast adventure and exploration network," has had a soft launch and will have its formal launch on Monday. Channel 2's owner, TEGNA, has a minority ownership stake. According to Channel 2 General Manager Jim…

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Pray for Frances McDormand. Mind you, there's nothing wrong with her as far as I know. Her health, mental and physical, seems to be good. And so, bless her, is her penchant for speaking out of turn and making a little trouble. Here we are in the middle of a Hollywood Award Season involving the biggest wave of social protest and anxiety to hit American media and the E…

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Hate them or REALLY hate them, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Jacksonville Coach Doug Marrone are big TV draws in Western New York. The Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars Sunday afternoon in the AFC title game had a 36.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4). That is only slightly lower than the 38.1 average for Buffalo Bills regular season games here. …

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Joanna Pasceri, the longtime Channel 7 anchor, has left her communications job with the Erie County District Attorney's Office to take a similar position with the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. Pasceri started last week as the Chamber's senior director of marketing and communications. She spent the past two years as the first-ever public information officer employed by th…

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The beard's still there -- that big, absurdly bushy white beard that, depending on your frame of reference, reminds you of Jehovah, Walt Whitman, John Brown or James Harden of the Houston Rockets. (Because he's a much younger fellow, the beard of the NBA's top scorer is jet black.) But there was David Letterman back on TV last week. His new and noteworthy show on Netfli…

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There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

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Here’s a simple theory on the success of the Impractical Jokers: It’s about being vulnerable. This weekend, the Jokers – four Staten Island guys in their early 40s – will draw a pair of packed crowds to their two Saturday evening performances at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. They’ll show video clips from their smash-hit TruTV series, which is based on pranks and pun…

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BURBANK, Calif. — After writing a column about "This Is Us" Monday, I headed to the Burbank airport to catch a flight to Las Vegas, the first leg on my trip home. What were the odds that I would run into a star of the NBC series on my flight? And were the odds greater that we would have aisles seats across from each other? But there I was Monday afternoon sitting acr…

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If anyone exemplifies the expression "time flies when you are having fun," it is former WGRZ-TV co-anchor John Beard. By "former," I mean Beard really, really has ended his run as the co-anchor of the No. 1 morning program "Daybreak" on Thursday morning. It was an eight-year run, though Beard continues to say it was seven years. Presumably he missed a year because he…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) opens its new 6:30 p.m. newscast on WNLO-TV (CW 23) by telling viewers it is from the station with "the most local news." But off the abysmal ratings for the first two nights of "News 4 at 6:30," the question is: Can there be too much local news? Monday's opener of the newscast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day co-anchored by Christy Kern and Dave Gre…

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After the end of last week's episode of "This Is Us" that featured a raw, painful therapy session with the three siblings and their mother, my sister called me. She had an observation and a simple question about herself, our older brother and me. She loves the show about the Pearson family, but added she had never related to it more than in that episode. The simpl…

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Title: “Extras” Year it began: 2005  Where it can be seen: Netflix, DVD Who’s in it: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen Typical episode length: About 30 minutes (season 2 finale about 90 minutes).  Number of episodes to date: 13 Brief plot description: Andy Millman (Gervais) is a struggling actor who finds himself taking roles as an extra whil…

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PASADENA, Calif. – Notes and quotes from the Television Critics Association semi-annual press tour ... After an NBC news conference for the Feb. 4 Super Bowl, I ran into play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and he played interviewer. He asked me a question I usually am asked in Buffalo: "I can't believe you didn't ask if the Bills are going to make the schedule next year.…

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PASADENA, Calif. – When Maureen Orth was approached by a producer to option her book, "Vulgar Favors," for a television series, her lawyer wasn't exactly encouraging. "He said 'you know, Maureen, this isn't worth the paperwork,' " Orth recalled in an interview here. " 'These things never happen.' " So she hired an agent to do the paperwork. The result is the nine-…