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Inquiring minds want to know: Is WNED-TV going to air repeat episodes of “The Vietnam War,” the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick? The local PBS station started re-airing the series with two episodes on Oct. 3 and will air an episode at 9 p.m. Tuesday over the next several weeks. That may suit viewers much better than the way the series originally ran…

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Steve Tasker doesn't get to work many Buffalo Bills game as a CBS analyst, but when he does, the ex-Bills special teams star knows he can’t win with some fans on social media. "Some people say, 'Why are you such a homer?' Others say, 'Why do you hate your old team so much?' " he said during a telephone interview. "I don't engage." He is ready for those conflicting …

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The Buffalo Sabres had one victory Thursday night – in prime time ratings. The National Hockey League team's 3-2 loss in a shootout to Montreal scored a 10.9 rating on MSG over the three hours, which indicates fans are hopeful at the start of the season. The rating peaked at 14.0 for the overtime and the shootout. The rating was almost 50 percent higher than the 7.…

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After Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin had back surgery four years ago, he and his wife, Lisa, started to think about buying a home where everything would be on the first floor. Wednesday, they did just that, moving from their home in one Clarence subdivision into a patio home in another 5 miles east in Clarence Center. "I wanted to live on one floor," Scott Levin said. …

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Have some Western New York viewers had enough of Alec Baldwin's impersonation of President Trump? That's one question to arise from the surprisingly low local rating for the premiere of "Saturday Night Live." Despite Baldwin winning one of the nine Emmys earned by NBC's late-night program a few weeks ago for its work in the 2016-17 season, Saturday night's opener had…

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The announcers for this week's Buffalo Bills television broadcast have been announced. CBS will broadcast Sunday’s Bills game at the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. Tom McCarthy will handle the play-by-play and Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein. Here's a wrapup of Alan Pergament's reviews of Bills broadcasts this season: http://buffalonews.c…

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WKBW-TV (Channel 7) meteorologist Don Paul has been telling the same bad jokes for more than 30 years. As the late Johnny Carson used to say, you're always in trouble when you have to explain the joke. And Paul had a lot of explaining to do after he said a joke backfired on him Sunday night and led some viewers to believe there was a rift between him and Lia Lando, C…

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Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Marty Biron, who found it easier to stop shots than to stop talking, is involved in one of four new wrinkles in the team's broadcast plans this season for coverage on MSG. The loquacious Biron has replaced Brad May on the pregame, intermission and postgame shows and also will be an analyst on a limited number of games with fellow analyst…

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"What sort of man reads Playboy?" asked the house promotional ads in the magazine's pages in its early years. Easy, was the magazine's usual answer. A man who traveled -- always first class. Drove a sports car. Listened to jazz. Ate at expensive four-star restaurants. And wore expensive, perfectly tailored clothes. Most importantly, of course, he was a man who, wherever…

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After all the speculation about how the protest by some Buffalo Bills during the National Anthem before the Denver game a week earlier would impact this Sunday's TV ratings, the Bills 23-17 upset of the Atlanta Falcons had virtually the same rating as the upset of the Broncos. The Bills win over Atlanta had a 36.8 rating on WIVB (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The…

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Veteran CBS play-by-play man Greg Gumbel was confused at some of the key points in the Buffalo Bills' 23-17 upset of the host Atlanta Falcons. But it was understandable and hard to blame him. It is a confusing time in the NFL. It remains hard to understand what an incomplete pass or a fumble is these days and it is still challenging to know if challenges will overtur…

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If you’re currently undergoing “Twin Peaks: The Return” or “Game of Thrones” withdrawal, and you’re in need of a smart, well-acted new binge-watch, “Ozark” is waiting. The 10-episode Netflix series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is an ultra-dark treat. A second season is on its way, so now is a good time to dive into this twist-y, “Breaking Bad…

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In the first ratings test since Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Denver game, reports of a large percentage of Western New Yorkers being turned off by the protests at NFL games turned out to be greatly exaggerated. This is only one market and may not mean anything beyond Buffalo. But Green Bay's 35-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on CBS' Thursday Night Football had a local r…

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As I've often written, the Emmy-winning HBO series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," is one of my favorite shows. Oliver is often hilarious taking on the political and social issues of our time, which often includes slamming President Trump, poking fun at climate change deniers, showing embarrassing local news clips and taking on questionable corporate ethical behav…

After college and before finally pursuing my TV career, I spent some time doing decidedly non-meteorological work. The best though poorest paying period was my couple of years as an accomplished flunky at the adult radio station, WNEW-AM in New York. Among my cherished experiences was the chance to be a minor functionary for the father of modern sports play-by-play b…