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WNED far from alone in delaying "Miss Daisy"; Brill ends 3-year weekend run

 

This is what I’m thinking:

Remember when WNED-TV viewers were upset after the PBS station didn’t carry the recent production of “Driving Miss Daily” with Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones when it was carried on the public television network schedule?

In its defense, it was far from alone.

According to Channel 17, only 43 out of 116 stations carried “Daisy” when PBS first offered it on July 17. WNED will air it on Aug.21.

WNED carried the Woody Allen movie, “Annie Hall,” in the place of “Miss Daisy” on July 17.

I happened to be in New York City this weekend and saw the local PBS station carried “Annie Hall’ on Saturday night. In the 1977 movie, Allen made repeated jokes about the emptiness of California, at one point noting that it turns its garbage “into television series.”

The line is even funnier now after Allen signed up in January to do an Amazon TV series.

At the end of Channel 4’s 11 p.m. news Sunday, Channel 4 anchor Callan Gray and meteorologist Andrew Baglini said their goodbyes to sportscaster Lauren Brill after she anchored her final weekend sportscast.

When they said they would miss her, Brill replied “don’t make me cry.”

It would have been the perfect opportunity for Brill to say where she is headed after three years as weekend sports anchor, but she passed. She still is working this week at the station.

Her departure will temporarily leave the station with only one on-air person in the sports department just as the Buffalo Bills start training camp.

With Brill gone by the weekend, Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy said Steve Vesey will anchor next weekend. Levy added Vesey has off today and Tuesday.

Vesey will be a very busy anchor until Levy hires Brill’s replacement. The news director said he hopes to have someone in place during Bills camp, which starts Friday at St. John Fisher and runs through Aug. 25.

Jennifer “Jazzy T” Williams, the former WBLK-FM host who is appearing in the upcoming TBS reality show, “Funny or Die: America’s Next Weatherman,” has a few new gigs. She reports that she will be playing 90s hip hop and dance music during a Saturday afternoon shift on 103.9 WDKX-FM in Rochester.

Next Monday, she will be the afternoon host on WUFO-AM, playing inspirational music and hosting interviews with community leaders.   And on Aug.6, she will be the celebrity scorekeeper on the WBBZ -TV trivia game show "Bragging Rights."

President Obama’s final appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at 11 p.m. Tuesday had an unspectacular 0.7 local rating on Comedy Central.

apergament@buffnews.com

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