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Ch.7 plans morning weather change; Ch.2 meteorologist has upbeat debut

You can’t do anything about the weather, but you can do something about giving viewers too much of it and that is what Channel 7 is planning to do.

According to sources, Channel 7 is expected to tweak its low-rated morning newscast by the end of this week to concentrate less on weather unless conditions make it deserve the time.

The changes, which are expected to lead to more news in the morning program that airs from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., will follow meetings at the station last week. The changes are not expected to include any personnel changes – at least for now.

Speaking of the weather, as predicted by our crackerjack TV weather anchors, it was such a lousy weather weekend with constant rain that I started looking for movies to attend.

Since Saturday night was so dreary, I decided to stay in and checked Movies on Demand on Time Warner to watch with my girlfriend.

I was startled to find two movies that were playing at a local theater – Al Pacino in “Manglehorn” and a film called “5 to 7” reportedly about a young writer involved with an older woman.

I paid the $6.99 to see “Manglehorn” and was thrilled.

Not by the movie. It was a huge disappointment and more dreary than the weekend weather.

Pacino played a locksmith who pined for an old girlfriend and treated bees, young children and frustrated customers much better than he did his money-driven son and a sweet, potential girlfriend played by Holly Hunter.

I was thrilled because I paid less than half of what it would have been to go to the movies for two people. Additionally, the second reason I wanted to go to the movies also was much cheaper than it would have been at the theater.

I’m talking, of course, about the popcorn. My girlfriend and I made some and it probably saved another five dollars.

There are a lot of reasons to go to the movies rather than watch them at home On Demand.

You get out of the house, there is a shared experience with other patrons and the picture is usually bigger than it is at home.

But there are just as many reasons to stay home. You don’t have someone kicking you in the chair behind you, as I experienced watching the terrific animated film “Inside Out.” You also don’t have to listen to people explaining movies to people next to them.

But most importantly, you don’t have to feel ripped off by paying $7 to $11 to see a movie.

If I had paid $16  or $20 for two to see “Manglehorn,” I would have been kicking myself.

I missed the Friday debut of new Channel 2 meteorologist Patrick Hammer, who has been anointed the heir apparent to Kevin O’Connell when O’Connell retires.

But I caught Hammer on Monday, when the former Minneapolis-St. Paul meteorologist was subbing for O’Connell on all newscasts, and could instantly see why station management says he reminds them of its chief weather anchor.

Hammer has some of the same mannerisms of O’Connell, has a pleasant, upbeat attitude and delivers an easy-to-understand forecast.

He stumbled with words a few times on the 5 p.m. newscast, but was much better at 6 p.m. when he opened his forecast with this clever line about the weather last weekend: “October called and it wants its weather back.”


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