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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-…

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PASADENA, Calif. – It is only a few days into the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour and I've already experienced Trump fatigue. Oprah gets part of the blame. If her Golden Globes speech hadn't sparked speculation that she may try to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, then critics might not have asked every comedian here their thoughts abou…

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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Pete Gallivan is going back to the future when he becomes the permanent co-anchor of the morning program "Daybreak" after John Beard exits late next week. He was as surprised as anyone last Friday when General Manager Jim Toellner told him Adam Benigni decided against becoming the "Daybreak" co-anchor to return as sports director, freeing Gall…

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PASADENA, Calif. – Get ready for a second prison escape upstate. Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Emmy Award winners Patricia Arquette and Michael Imperioli are starring in a second television version of the prison escape at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June of 2015. Showtime announced here that it is filming an eight-hour series, "Escap…

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The mystery of what the cable news anchor and YouTube comedienne hired by WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) is going to do is over. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner announced Kate Welshofer, a Western New York native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, will do some exclusive digital content and add "some entertaining content for all our shows." In a memo to the staff…

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The second season of FX's "American Crime Story" is called "The Assassination of Gianni Versace." The first was the smash hit and award season bonanza "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson." Versace begins at 10 p.m. Jan. 17. It confronts a specific period's homophobia directly in a way that, despite the geometrically progressing acceleration of the subject everywhere, is sti…

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The Buffalo Bills' 10-3 loss to Jacksonville Sunday in a NFL wild-card playoff game made ratings history. It had the season's highest TV rating and approached Super Bowl-type numbers. The game had a 51.1 rating and a 77 share on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked with a 54.7 rating near game's end at 4 p.m. That means 51.1 percent of TV househ…

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CBS said last week that No. 1 analyst Tony Romo didn't have time for an interview before the Buffalo Bills playoff game with Jacksonville because he was busy studying for it all week. I was a little skeptical that he couldn't find 15 minutes to talk. But after Romo's work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz during Jacksonville's 10-3 victory over Buffalo, my s…

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By Brooks Barnes and Cara Buckley BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It took only four minutes for Harvey Weinstein to be booed Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globes. Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of misconduct – prompting police investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of his former studio – was a major figure at the Globes for decades. He was seen as a …

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First-rate crime drama. Cerebral scripts. A brooding atmosphere. True Detective has all that and features gripping investigations in Louisiana and California; it will move to the Ozarks in its recently green-lit third season. Title: True Detective Year it began: 2014 Where it can be seen: HBO; Amazon; DVD Who’s in it: Matthew McConaughey; Woody Harrelson; Tory …

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In another example of a prominent staffer at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) changing his mind, Adam Benigni will return as sports director Monday rather than become co-anchor of the morning program "Daybreak." Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said the coming departure of sports backup anchor-reporter Jonah Javad for a job in Dallas may have influenced Benigni's decision to r…

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With the Buffalo Bills in a playoff game for the first time in 18 years, play-by-play calls of previous postseason games by the late announcers Van Miller and Dick Enberg are running through my mind. I'm hoping they are together in football heaven Sunday reminiscing about the Bills' 51-3 AFC title victory over the Oakland Raiders that sent the Bills to their first Super…

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The three network affiliates that carry local news and one local cable news channel are planning extra coverage from Jacksonville for the Buffalo Bills first NFL playoff game in 18 years. The sports reporters and anchors being sent to Florida all have something in common that illustrates how long it has been since the Bills made the postseason and how much turnover ther…

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On the Buffalo Bills' flight home from Miami after securing their first playoff game in 18 years, John Murphy called over Bills lineman Kyle Williams to watch the video of the celebration after his 1-yard touchdown run in the Bills' 22-16 win over the Dolphins. Murphy gave Williams a nickname previously used for a Chicago Bears defensive lineman. "I called him Fridge…

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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) has hired a cable news anchor and YouTube comedienne with Western New York roots, but General Manager Jim Toellner isn't saying what her role will be at the NBC affiliate. Kate Welshofer, a Western New York native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, announced in a Facebook post two weeks ago she was leaving Spectrum News in the Capital Distri…