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A dramatic shift has occurred in viewership of local television news, according to the results from Nielsen about the just-concluded May sweeps. WIVB-TV (Channel 4) probably is producing promos immediately to trumpet its successes. The local CBS affiliate has in recent years lagged behind WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the age 25-54 demographic important to local advertisers…

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I couldn't count all the times Becca Kufrin said she was "excited" during Monday's premiere of "The Bachelorette." I wasn't as excited about watching a preview provided by ABC of most of the two-hour episode that airs at 8 p.m. Monday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). At my age, I'm clearly not in the target audience. I can't remember the last time I watched an entire episode …

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It is time for another edition of "What's WNY Watching?" as the May sweeps end tonight. We’ll start out with more truly stunning evidence that Buffalo is a bigger pro basketball town than being given credit for by local sports radio and television newscasts. On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals played the Tampa Bay Lightning in what could have been the deciding …

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The royal wedding of the American bride Meghan Markle to Prince Harry early Saturday morning was a ratings hit in Western New York. However, the audience for the newly named Duchess and Duke of Sussex was no match for all but a rare low-rated Buffalo Bills regular season game. The rating was much higher than any prime-time entertainment program or any of the awards s…

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Buffalo native Trey Borzillieri is receiving national attention for his work on the Netflix docu-series, "Evil Genius," that premiered last week on the streaming service. This morning, he and co-director and writer Barbara Schroeder appeared on NBC's “Megyn Kelly Today” to discuss the bizarre crime series, which is subtitled: "The True Story of America's Most Diabolical…

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Former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) morning anchor John Beard is back from a special screening of the fifth season of the offbeat comedy "Arrested Development" held by Netflix in Los Angeles. But Beard, who stayed in Western New York after ending his run on Channel 2's "Daybreak" four months ago, may not stay here much longer because his work as himself in "A.D." went over so we…

It's called "Peak Television." That's to distinguish it from a mere "Golden Age of Television." It's the current stage of television history, i.e. television from a prodigious period where there's more interesting television than anyone could possibly watch in an ongoing life -- maybe even more "good" television if your definition of "good" is a generous one. The bru…

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Trey Borzillieri was packing up his late mother Cheryl's belongings at her Buffalo waterfront home in 2003 when the obsession that sparked a new Netflix documentary series came alive. "When I finally finished that evening, I saw the news report out of Erie (Pa.) that a bank robber used a live bomb in the process and had died," recalled the 1993 graduate of the Nichols S…

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Tony Kornheiser is always looking for a good line and a good laugh. Some Bills fans weren't laughing about a Kornheiser comment on Wednesday's edition of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption." The co-host was shocked by the announcement that the Buffalo Bills were going to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 in ceremonies on Oct. 29 when the Bills host…

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There was a time when we had to travel great distances, often at a high cost, to celebrate our geekdom at pop-culture conventions where all the things movies, television, superheroes and comics could be celebrated. Not anymore. Now the stars are coming to us. When “Nickel City Con” opens Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, it will kick off our summer sea…

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It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where the viewers are? As a rule, Buffalo follows many national trends in television and that includes a big drop-off in live viewership at 10 p.m. During one recent five-day weekday period, the combined local ratings at 10 p.m. on the local affiliates of three broadcast networks hit a low of 6.0 points on a Monday, and a high of 14.2 po…

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While millions of Marvel fans left “Avengers: Infinity War” in a state of shock, the good news is that the summer season has only begun for fans of superheroes and comics. Here’s a look at what’s on our geek radar for summer 2018: At the movies “Deadpool 2” – The sequel to the surprise 2016 superhero comedy hit arrives in theaters May 18. Ryan Reynolds returns as the …

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CBS' Thursday night schedule next fall could be subtitled "Must-See Buffalo TV Night." The network announced today that the revival of "Murphy Brown" will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following "Mom." Of course, the creator of "Murphy Brown" is Buffalo native Diane English. One of the two showrunners of the popular comedy "Mom" is Buffalo native Nick Bakay. It had…