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The last few times the kids and I tried to settle in by the fireplace to watch a cozy Christmas movie, we were sadly disappointed. We searched Netflix for all the old favorites. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? Not there. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”? Nope. “Scrooged”? Not even. Bah! Humbug! Netflix’s selection should be boiled in its own pudding. Don’t get …

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TORONTO - It started with the first book he bought - a compilation of horror stories edited by Forrest J. Ackerman. Guillermo del Toro was only 7, but he was already fascinated by monsters, outsiders and death. More than 40 years later, del Toro's passion for monsters, movies, comics, books and art still burns, fueling the two major roles of his life: filmmaker and coll…

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Charlie Rose. There he is with his hawkish integrity looming over his interview subject and finding openings for questions. His subject in this case is Ben Bradlee, late and legendary executive editor of the Washington Post. Rose is pushing him to get real, as he was always wont to do until The Reckoning banished him back to his living room. The occasion of the Bradl…

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Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor was at 716 Food and Sport almost two weeks ago discussing some of the possible changes at "The CBS Evening News" when his voice suddenly lowered. "They are redoing the open with my name and everything," he said quietly. It was evidence of his modesty and how humbled he feels. When I mentioned his voice lowering, Glor remembered a…

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The national and local November sweeps ratings for the national evening newscasts show how difficult it may be for Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor to quickly turn things around at "The CBS Evening News" when he starts anchoring the newscast Monday. Nationally, ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir" leads in total viewers with 8,956,000 to 8,364,000 for "The NBC N…

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The local ratings numbers for the morning network newscasts are very different from the national numbers and the news that Matt Lauer is gone from "Today" on NBC could have a further impact. Nationally, ABC's "Good Morning America" has been ahead of "Today" in viewers for some time. Locally "Today" has been a big winner, with its 6.8 rating on Channel 2 this November…

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By Paul Farhi NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior,” making the “Today” show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations. In a staff memo, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said the network received “a detailed” complaint about Lauer Monday night. “It represented, after serio…

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WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) switch of morning co-anchors from Brittni Smallwood to Melanie Orlins has hardly been an instant success. The extended medical leave by Channel 4 anchor Don Postles didn't injure the station's ratings. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Scott Levin's brief dalliance with the automotive industry doesn't appear to have cost the station many viewers. WK…

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Everybody in Western New York loves a parade. Or at least it seems that way when you look at the rating for NBC's coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the parade had a 22.0 household rating here, which made it the highest-rated NBC affiliate in the country. The station added it was the highest-rating here for the parade in …

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The Buffalo Bills' 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs had a decent 36.2 rating Sunday on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating, which was slightly ahead of the season average, peaked at 41.4 at 3:45 p.m. when the game was being decided. It was the highest-rated game in three weeks, but it was expected to be since it came down to the last min…

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CBS play-by-play man Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green appear to be the Buffalo Bills' good luck charms. Since they called two Buffalo Bills victories viewed as improbable wins before the season, I suspect Bills fans wish they worked all the team’s games. The announcers were as solid and efficient as Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the Bills' 16-10 win over the C…

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Here’s the pitch: David Fincher, director of films like “Fight Club” and “Gone Girl,” will produce (and occasionally direct) a 10-part Netflix series on the early days of criminal profiling. Set during the 1970s, the series will be inspired by real-life FBI agents who gained insight from interviews with jailed serial killers. Interested? Yes, the director of “Seven” and “Z…

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It has a name now. There have been so many male casualties of sexual misconduct charges in the past five weeks that people have given it names: 1) "The Me Too Movement" to cover all the women, famous and not, who have stepped forward to say "Me Too" thereby opening up their own experiences with sexual harrassment and abuse; and 2) more darkly and importantly "The Reckoning…

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Some leftovers after Thanksgiving: --- I was a little surprised to see an advertisement on ABC and NBC this week for a streaming series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," that is my favorite new Amazon program. The aptly-titled show from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of "Gilmore Girls," premieres Wednesday. This is the perfect time for all Amazon Prime subscribers to …

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With Thanksgiving now past, the holiday television season is in full swing with at least four networks now unveiling new original Christmas movies. Here, by date, is a list of premieres. Also below is an alphabetical list of new 2017 movies that already have premiered. NOV. 24 8 p.m. Hallmark, "Finding Santa." A single mother obsessed with Christmas (Jodie Sweetin) f…