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Javad sticking with sports; WNY native named Ch.2's news director

This is what I’m thinking:

Actually, I should amend that opening and say this is what I was thinking when Channel 2 sportscaster Jonah Javad showed up Saturday morning as the news anchor on “Daybreak.”

I was thinking Javad might be considering joining Channel 7’s Jeff Russo, former Channel 4 sportscaster Steve Vesey and others who have seen the limited future of sports broadcasting and moved to news.

So I sent Javad a Twitter message asking what he was thinking.

“We needed a fill-in,” he replied, “I was asked. I agreed. Not sure if I’ll do it again. And currently not considering a switch to news. Never anchored news before and thought it’d be fun to give it a shot.”

In an email exchange, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said he expected Javad to anchor news again.

As opinionated as Javad is in doing sports, a move to news doesn't seem as logical as it did for Russo.

Toellner confirmed that he has hired Catherine "Kate" Glover as the station’s new news director. She replaces Jeff Woodard, who left over the summer to become director of marketing and communications at his alma mater, SUNY Fredonia State College.

A Western New York native, Glover is a former reporter and anchor at WGR radio and a former assignment editor at WKBW-TV. She has been the news director at KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Ore., for the past two years after being the assistant news director at the station.

In a memo to the staff, Toellner wrote: “Kate has a great eye for presentation, strong journalistic chops and a penchant for unique digital content.”

Inquiring minds want to know: Why wasn’t the ESPN documentary series about O.J. Simpson, “O.J.: Made in America,” nominated for an Emmy Award. It wasn’t eligible this year, but will be next year when it is bound to win some Emmys. However, I’m not sure what Emmy competition it actually will be eligible for.

NBC gives one of my favorite fall pilots, “This is Us,” a boost by carrying it at 10 tonight after a two-hour edition of the Emmy-winning "The Voice." It moves to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Oct. 11., where it will directly compete with the new CBS series “Bull” with Michael Weatherly.

The Emmy Awards Sunday night provided an extra reason for watching “This Is Us.” Sterling K. Brown, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” is one of the regulars in “This Is Us.”

In case you missed my fall preview, here are some edited mini-reviews of “This is Us” and “Bull.”

“This is Us” is for the “Parenthood” crowd so I’m in. The pilot is well cast and sweet and has somewhat of a surprise ending that should lead to many more poignant stories about family. Mandy Moore stars as an expectant mother of triplets with a supportive husband played by Milo Ventimglia. Brown plays a successful businessman and family man who tries to come to terms with an absentee father. One of my favorite pilots. 3 and a half stars out of 4

“Bull”: Weatherly left “NCIS” and puts on eyeglasses to star as Dr. Jason Bull in this legal series about a divorced jury consultant who uses analytics to see through the bull and tell what prospective jurors are thinking in a murder case with a rich teen as the defendant. In Bull’s world “93 percent of communication is non-verbal.” Weatherly is pretty lifeless in a dull role in a high-tech series that still has elements of “Perry Mason.” I give it a 50 percent shot at succeeding, primarily because it follows Weatherly’s old show. 2 and a half stars     


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