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It took multiple tryouts over several years in singing competition shows, but local "American Idol" contestant Erika Hill is "going to Hollywood." Hill, a dental assistant who used to teach voice lessons, was able to make that announcement after the end of the final "Idol" audition episode finished Sunday night without her appearing. In a brief telephone interview, H…

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Fans of Westerns and crime dramas will find much to like in "Longmire," a contemporary Western crime series based on the"Walt Longmire" detective novels by Craig Johnson. The show has particular appeal to an older audience, who may better appreciate a weather-beaten, 50-something sheriff riding to the rescue in his Bronco, rappelling down a cliff using belts and handcuffs …

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The TV menu is full over the next few days. Let's take a look: If ever a series has gotten a boost from the Trump administration, it is FX's "The Americans." The ongoing Russian investigation has made the Soviet spy series seem timely as it begins its sixth and final season at 10 p.m. Wednesday on the pay-cable network. The season opener reveals that family man Ph…

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When WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Nalina Shapiro left the station on March 1, weekend anchor-reporter Callan Gray appeared to be up for a promotion to Shapiro's weekday anchor assignments. Instead, Gray is looking for the exit sign as well. According to sources, Gray is leaving the station after her contract runs out in a few weeks. Channel 4 General Manager Dominic…

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With "American Idol" airing its final audition episode on Sunday, the fate of local contestant Erika Hill will be known. It has been reported on social media that Hill would be on the singing competition program on March 11, when the reboot of the Fox series began running on ABC. She didn't make the premiere or the next three audition episodes over the first two week…

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This is what I'm thinking: The University at Buffalo women's basketball team's march to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament is getting the attention of more local viewers. Its 86-65 upset victory over host Florida State Monday night on ESPN 2 had a 4.0 local rating from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., which was almost double the approximate 2.3 rating for its first-round ups…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team deserves a larger TV audience for its NCAA Tournament game against Florida State at 6:30 Monday on ESPN 2 than it received for its first-round victory over South Florida early Saturday afternoon. UB's 102-79 upset of South Florida had between a 2.1 and 2.3 preliminary local rating on ESPN 2. That was about one-seventh…

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If “The Shape of Water” piqued your interest in Cold War-era stories of governmental misdeeds and cover-ups, Netflix’s “Wormwood” is here for you. Based on fact and combining interviews and re-creations featuring well-known character actors, this series from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris is an original from start to finish. Title: “Wormwood” Year it began: 2017 …

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) sports reporter and anchor Shannon Shepherd announced on social media that March 16 was her last day at the CBS affiliate after two years. The St. Bonaventure graduate said she is starting a new job at Fox Sports San Diego. "This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, especially when a hug from my mom is only 30 minutes away," wrote the…

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University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats was on ESPN's late edition of SportsCenter early this morning after his basketball team pulled the early upset of the NCAA men's basketball tournament over Arizona. "I've arrived, I am on 'The Scott Van Pelt Show,'" said UB's quotable coach. "You arrived because you beat Arizona," responded Van Pelt. They were both right. U…

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With apologies to "Hamilton," City Honors graduate Bennett Graebner was in the room when it happened. I'm talking about the big reality show moment of the year. Graebner, who is one of the showrunners of ABC's "The Bachelor," witnessed the breakup that rocked Bachelor Nation more than a week ago and sparked a hilarious parody on "Saturday Night Live" a few nights lat…

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Of course, we're looking to "60 Minutes" to get to the bottom of the Stormy Daniels business. Isn't that where we always look? When Gennifer Flowers told America she had a long sexual relationship with Bill Clinton in Arkansas, she was on "60 Minutes." When Monica Lewinsky's stained blue dress made a mockery of Clinton's contention that "I ... did ... not ... have ... s…

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St. Bonaventure University and University at Buffalo fans are going to party like it is 1970 tonight as both play in televised games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Regrettably, the majority of the two games are expected to be played at the same time so fans are going to have to be creative to watch them simultaneously. They can do so by watching one of the …

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Call it March Scheduling Madness. The odds of two Western New York college basketball teams qualifying for the NCAA men's tournament have been pretty long over the past half century. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure qualified this March for the field of 68 to give the region two teams in the tournament for the first time since 1970 when Bona and Niagara …

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Kate Welshofer has made a quick positive impression on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) viewers since arriving in late January. Now she gets a chance to impress a national audience. Welshofer, who primarily has appeared on Channel 2's "Daybreak" as a feature reporter and occasional co-anchor since arriving from an Albany cable station, will be one of four co-hosts next week on th…