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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…

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The Los Angeles' Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in a very fast Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night took a big hit locally opposite a Buffalo Sabres game and some popular Tuesday night entertainment programming, The Sabres' 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings had a 7.3 rating on cable's NBCSN. The World Series game, which was played in about two …

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During the Buffalo's 30-27 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday, Fox sideline reporter Laura Okmin called Bills Coach Sean McDermott by the name of the Los Angeles Rams coach, Sean McVay. On Tuesday night, early in Showtime's "Inside the NFL," the show's regulars talked about the similarities of the two Seans that made Okmin's mistake somewhat understandable. James Brown, t…

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For the first time this season, Buffalo fans will get to hear former Bills star James Lofton as a CBS analyst this Sunday. Lofton will be working the Bills-Oakland game alongside play-by-play man Andrew Catalon. Catalon had worked with Steve Tasker the past few NFL seasons and worked with the Bills former special teams' during Bills preseason games the past few years…

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The announcers for this week's Buffalo Bills television broadcast have been announced. CBS will broadcast Sunday’s Bills game against the visiting Oakland Raiders at 1 p.m. James Lofton, former Bills wide receiver (he's also a former Raider) and a Pro Football Hall of Famer, is the analyst for Sunday's game. Andrew Catalon is the play-by-play man. Here's a wr…

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If anyone feels worse than a New York Yankees fan about the Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series Saturday night, it has to be a Fox TV executive. Unlike Yankee teams of the past, this young squad led by Aaron Judge was likable. Like Yankee teams of the past, it also had the ratings power of the New York market behind them. H…

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The beautiful weather Sunday afternoon didn’t pull Buffalo Bills fans away from their television sets. The Bills' 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 36.7 rating on WUTV (Channel 29), the local Fox affiliate. It peaked at a 40.6 rating at game's end. It is the second-highest rating of the season, behind only a 36.9 rating for an earlier home victory o…

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The riveting, hugely successful Netflix series “Making a Murderer” demanded the parody treatment, and perhaps surprisingly, that treatment has come from Netflix. The eight-part mockumentary “American Vandal” is the rare satire that works as both comedy and as an involving mystery. Set at a suburban high school and revolving around a vulgar bit of vandalism, it is e…

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It often wasn't easy picking up the flight of the ball on several field goal tries on the closed end of New Era Field during Fox's coverage of the Buffalo Bills' 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. It was a game-long issue, starting with the first field goal by Tampa's Patrick Murray that gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead. Fortunately, at the end of the game i…

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When the four major professional sports leagues in America have at least one game on the same day, it is called a Sports Equinox. It reportedly has happened just 17 times in history. Thursday night was the 17th time, which enables us to see the relative TV popularity of the sports locally. It was no contest: The NFL rules. Oakland's 31-30 regular season victor…

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When Lindsay Shookus was at Williamsville South High School 20 years ago, she performed "Saturday Night Live" sketches with a classmate. Now she heads the "SNL" department that books the hosts and the musical acts that perform on NBC's legendary late-night program. In an interview at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the small talent department office near Studio 8H where "SNL…

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The death of Canadian Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip this week has led CTV – which is available to Western New York fans on affiliate CFTO in Toronto -- to announce that it has moved up the premiere date of "Long Time Running," the film about the band's final tour, to 8 p.m. Friday. The 95-minute film, which follows the Hip's 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and final co…

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With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of "Daybreak" on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad. Javad has been doing Benigni's duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it. The key words are "if he wants it." In a Twitter mes…