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Two big names in the world of sci-fi have been added to the guest list at Buffalo's Nickel City Con. Billy Dee Williams, who played the suave Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," and Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from the original "Star Trek" TV series, will attend the second Nickel City Con, being held May 19-21 at the Buffalo Niagara Conve…

The radio sports station WGR has been referred to as state-sponsored radio by its critics because it carries five hours of programs daily produced by Pegula Sports and Entertainment dealing with the major sports teams owned by Terry and Kim Pegula, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Some critics would use the word "promoting" rather than "dealing." That's what mad…

"Star Trek" fans are getting some out-of-this-world TV news. And fans who have been looking for reruns of "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue" should be pretty happy, too. That's because starting Wednesday WBBZ-TV is changing the programming that it carries on the digital sub-channel 67.2 that is available free over the air. "THIS TV" is out, "Heroes and Icons" is …

Today's blog is going to contain some of the tweets I sent after my newspaper deadline Sunday night about what ABC's "Good Morning America" today called "the biggest blunder in Oscar history." Some additional explanatory information is added. The tweets are given in reverse order of the way they were sent, last to first. Don't be surprised I found more reason to praise …

Jimmy Kimmel was even better in his nine-minute opening Oscar monologue Sunday night than he was five months ago when he was hosting the Emmys. And that is saying something. I’m sure Kimmel’s tone at the opening and throughout the program will be debated like everything else these days, but he seemed to strike the right balance of jokes about President Trump, Hol…

Wow. Talk about a community with bad luck. There, courtesy of Warren Beatty’s mistake or a bad envelope was something we had never seen before. But then, before the snafu there was more bad luck. There they were in film community of Hollywood, the most self-celebrating community on earth. And they were all ready to celebrate their annual self-love festival: The Oscars…

A regular reader of this blog knows that one of my reality show fears is that someone from Western New York will be appearing as a contestant and I'll have to watch it after going kicking and screaming. So imagine my pain when I learned that a WNYer is one of the competitors in the coming Fox reality show, "Kicking & Screaming," "that teams 10 expert survivalists wi…

Pray for Jimmy Kimmel. He's almost all that is likely to separate the 89th Academy Awards from a mass audience snoozefest Sunday evening. Movie pros and fanatics will feel differently. The year 2016 was a very good one for movies and the movies and performances that are up for awards are very good ones. But none is the sort that make for gripping television for an a…

Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to the face of (WIVB-TV) Channel 4 anchor Don Postles? No jokes please. Postles is sporting a black eye and other facial injuries after slipping on his icy driveway in Amherst on Feb. 12 on his way to retrieving the Sunday Buffalo News. "I am blaming The Buffalo News," cracked Postles. "It was the one day we had ice a…

Every time I leave town and turn on local television news in the city I visit, I get a new appreciation of how often Buffalo's local TV news carries things that matter to the Western New York community. On Sunday, I mentioned a story about a psychic on a Los Angeles newscast anchored by former Channel 4 anchor-reporter Glen Walker had me quickly searching for the remote…

South Buffalo's Patrick Kane and his Chicago Blackhawks are a big TV draw in Western New York. The high-scoring NBA All-Star game Sunday? Not so much. On a night with the premieres of three high profile entertainment programs, not much of anything did that well Sunday here except the Buffalo Sabres' 5-1 loss to Kane's Blackhawks that ended the home team's winning str…

On the day that protesters were outside the closed Amherst office of Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican congressman was shown in a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin. At one point during the interview conducted last week at a Clarence diner, Collins appeared to surprise or even stun Levin with a comment on the mainstream media. After Levin asked i…

To no one's surprise, the new owner of WIVB-TV and sister station WNLO-TV have replaced General Manager Rene LaSpina. I reported a month ago that LaSpina expected to be let go shortly after Nexstar Media Group's purchase of the Media General station was approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It was approved last month. However, it was a little surprising …

Since May 2016, The Buffalo News has published a series called "You Should Be Watching," which suggests enticing shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more streaming networks. Here's a rundown of the shows we've discussed - spoiler-free - from deranged themes like those in "Bates Motel," the violence in "Dexter" and the cultural relevance of "The Hollow Crown." Feb. 20,…