WKBW-TV has won the broadcast rights to simulcast the Buffalo Bills game at Seattle Nov. 7 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
General Manager Mike Nurse said the station also will get any MNF game the Bills might play in the 2017 season under terms of a two-year deal with ESPN.
When games are on ESPN, the cable sports network also sells the rights to a broadcast station in the markets of the competing teams so fans without cable can see it.
The Nov. 7 game will be the first involving the Bills with the new MNF announce team as veteran play-by-play man Mike Tirico reportedly is leaving ESPN to work for NBC. There is widespread speculation that Sean McDonough will replace Tirico on MNF and team with analyst Jon Gruden.
The game is being played during the November sweeps, which could mean that some high-profile ABC entertainment programs will be preempted and carried later.
When Channel 7 carried the Bills 20-13 loss to New England on MNF on Nov. 23, 2015, it had to preempt the performance finale of “Dancing with the Stars” and carry it early the next morning. That shouldn’t be a problem this season, since the Bills appearance in November is a few weeks earlier than the game last season.
Nurse added that Channel 7 also had extended its deal with the Bills to carry preseason games this summer and in 2017.
Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office reports that a film shot in Western New York, “A Mother’s Revenge,” is airing at 8 p.m. Saturday and midnight on the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) and will be repeated during the month. LMNHD is on Channel 630 on Time Warner Cable.
Clark said there will be several scenes from Niagara Falls and Buffalo and cameos from several area VIPs in the film.
According to Clark, scenes were shot at the Aquarium in Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls Airport, Coca-Cola Field, Hotel Lafayette, the History Museum, the Buffalo State College quad, the WNED-TV soundstage and a few other places.
Here is how LMN summarizes the movie: “Jennifer flies to upstate New York to attend her daughter Katey’s graduation. She hurries through the busy airport, arguing on her cell phone with her estranged husband, Robert, who is also coming into town to celebrate the occasion. At the baggage carousel, distracted, she quickly grabs a black suitcase without missing a beat. At her hotel, Jennifer discovers that she’s grabbed the wrong bag and even though there’s nothing overt about the bag’s contents, she receives a phone call from a man claiming he will harm her daughter if she doesn’t follow his instructions and return his baggage. It quickly becomes clear that he is willing to kill to recover it.”
In other words, it doesn't sound like a warm, cuddly Mother's Day movie.