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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…

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Most people in Western New York consider the area a much bigger pro hockey town than a pro basketball town. Heck, the folks at WGR 550 SportsRadio barely mention the National Basketball Association during the regular season. But the past two nights of the NHL and NBA playoffs provided a good test of which sport wins the popularity contest in the Buffalo area as the g…

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Don't keep this news in a vault: Geraldo Rivera is coming to Western New York – by boat. The mustachioed Fox News contributor is riding along the full length of the Erie Canal, Rivera said in a tweet Monday. Instead of a mule named Sal, he's bringing his brother, Craig. The Albany Times-Union spotted Rivera at Lock 2 in Waterford earlier Tuesday, waiting for the cana…

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Dan Dunleavy, who shares the play-by-play duties for the Buffalo Sabres with Rick Jeanneret, agreed to a new, multiyear deal this morning to call the National Hockey League's games on MSG and WGR radio. Mark Preisler, the executive vice president for media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE), said Dunleavy remains the heir apparent to  Jeanneret once t…

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I was 8 years old at the time -- the same age as my grandson now. Elizabeth was 25. (She wasn't queen yet.) The date was June 2, 1953, the official date of her coronation, which took place at 10 a.m., or 5 a.m. Buffalo time. That's when my mother woke me up to watch. I was told it was a historic event and that years later I'd thank her for it. I somehow neglected to …

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You may recall my Oct. 20, 2017, interview with Lindsay Shookus, the 1998 Williamsville South High School graduate who heads the "Saturday Night Live" department that books the hosts and the musical acts that perform on NBC's legendary late-night program. She now is profiled by Emma Rosenblum in the current edition of Elle magazine in a story titled, "Who is Lindsay Sho…

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I know that former Buffalo Bills coach Chuck Knox wasn't viewed as warm and fuzzy by many members of the media. But one interaction with the Bills coach – who died Saturday – won me over when I was a secondary reporter on the Bills beat in my sports writing days for The News. I was at practice one day in 1981 – well before the arrival of Twitter – when I noticed a pl…