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Of course, the most popular program in Western New York Wednesday was Washington's exciting 3-2 victory over Las Vegas in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It had an 8.3 local rating on cable's NBCSN, down slightly from the 8.9 rating for Game 1 Monday night carried by broadcast network NBC. Wednesday's series finale of FX's "The Americans" had only a 0.2 live local rati…

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Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Wednesday night's series finale of FX's "The Americans," don't read this unless you want to know what happened. I'm not buying a big part of the series finale of "The Americans." You could say one of my favorite TV series concluded with an American ending. By that, I mean Russian spies Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jenn…

CHILDREN'S Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; Nancy Paulsen Books, 226 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This beautifully written, moving tale by Pakistani-American author Aisha Saeed puts a human face on the global problem of indentured servitude, the persistence of a lawless, feudal state that allows the very wealthy to keep the poor in bondage and deny them an education. …

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Here are the top five takeaways after looking at the local ratings during the May sweeps for broadcast network shows in the early morning, evening news and late-night talk shows. *The firing of anchor Charlie Rose from "CBS This Morning" in November after sexual misconduct allegations has hurt WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) ratings for the two-hour program. *The departure of …

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We have seen purple front doors. Bright green doors. Pink doors. And lots of red doors. Maybe it’s our long, dark winters but people in Western New York aren’t afraid to take a spin on the color wheel when choosing a show-stopping color for their front door. Think you have a real stunner? Email a photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. We plan to have readers vote for their…

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If you seek a riveting period drama that mixes political intrigue with sensuous depictions of decadent nightlife, then travel to 1929 to binge-watch “Babylon Berlin.” With its perfectly paced mystery and big-budget production, “Babylon Berlin” offers a compelling and complex portrait of a volatile society. Title: “Babylon Berlin” Year it began: 2017 Where it can b…

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Earlier today, I tweeted: https://twitter.com/StillTalkinTV/status/1001503338532429825 The suggestion that ABC would cancel Roseanne Barr's popular sitcom "Roseanne" was a minority view at the time because many insiders didn't expect Disney to choose integrity over profit. More than an hour later, ABC responded to Barr's racist tweet directed at former President O…

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By JOHN KOBLIN ABC canceled the hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday hours after the show’s star and co-creator, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about a former top adviser to President Barack Obama who is black. Early on Tuesday, Barr posted a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to Obama, that said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a …

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On a golden night for sports fans, Game One of the Stanley Cup final on Monday was a decisive winner in Buffalo over Game Seven of the NBA's Western Conference finals. The Vegas Golden Knights' 6-4 win over Washington, which did have an advantage of being on a local network affiliate, averaged a preliminary 8.9 rating on NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), which is more …

Roone Arledge was a genius. I never realize how spectacular a TV invention "Monday Night Football" was until I watch, say, a 40-point blowout at an NBA playoff game where the resident announcers--one seasoned pro, two ex-players  -- have nothing remotely interesting to say among them. A fellow I know whom no one has ever been tempted to call a genius, once confidentl…

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Attorney Sally J. Broad and her husband, Ed, a retired Mercy Flight pilot, moved to North Buffalo 20 years after raising two sons in the suburbs. They have enjoyed maintaining the integrity of their old house while updating it for the 21st century. Here is how Sally Broad described their place for our Home of the Week feature: “Amazingly, it has been 20 years sin…

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If you yearn for an epic production of the world’s literally most epic love story, then set sail to see “Troy: Fall of a City.” Telling us the torrid tale of the elopement that rocked the ancient West, “Troy” offers both furious battle and passionate romance. Title: “Troy: Fall of a City” Year it began: 2018 Where it can be seen: Netflix, BBC Who’s in it: Louis…

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The Airport Bridge Club will celebrate Memorial Day with extra-point games at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 28. Bridge Club Meridian and the Bridge Center of Buffalo will be closed Monday. *  *  * Extra-point games will be offered today and Tuesday, May 29, to Thursday, May 31, at the Bridge Center of Buffalo. The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at all ga…

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Get set for a movie menu of bagels and killer shrews over the weekend. Two films with local angles will premiere on Buffalo television over Memorial Day weekend. “Bagels Over Berlin,” an hour-long, independent film documentary about Jewish war veterans, will have its broadcast premiere at 9:30 pm May 27, on WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate. It will air following The …