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Buffalo in the national TV spotlight twice in April

Get your popcorn ready. And the Tums and Alka-Seltzer.

In the next 10 nights, there are a couple of cable programs airing with Western New York angles.

At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, award-winning chef and food writer Andrew Zimmern highlights Buffalo in the second episode that night of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations.”

According to a Travel Channel release, "Andrew indulges in the robust dishes that Buffalo has to offer."

The release adds: "From spicy wings and sweet pepperoni pizza to cake doughnuts and heaping plates of meat and potatoes, Buffalo's most famous dishes are as robust and inventive as the city itself."

According to a Travel Channel publicist, Zimmern doesn't visit Buffalo in person but airs commentary throughout the episode that features The Anchor Bar, Schwabl's, Ted's, La Nova, Paula's Donuts and Bill Gray's.

As previously announced, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Lifetime premieres the movie, "New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell."

Penelope Ann Miller stars as Mitchell, the married mother of three who helped convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by Myk Watford of "Law & Order SVU") and David Sweat (Joe Anderson of "Across the Universe") escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where she ran the tailor shop.

In September of 2015, Mitchell was given the maximum sentence of two and a third to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, for her admitted role in the escape of Matt and Sweat. She was denied parole in February.

Joyce Mitchell appears at Clinton County Court Court in Plattsburgh on July 28, 2015. Mitchell pleaded guilty to charges that she helped two convicted killers stage a dramatic escape from Clinton Correctional Facility. (New York Times)

At the time of the escape, Matt was serving 25 years to life for the 1997 torture murder of North Tonawanda businessman William Rickerson. While on the lam, he killed a man in a barroom brawl in Mexico. In the early 1990s, he was involved in a murder-for-hire plot and escaped from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

The escapees evaded thousands of searchers for 20 days before Matt was shot and killed. Sweat was wounded two days later and captured near the Canadian border.

Here's an edited Lifetime summary of the movie: Matt and Sweat "immediately set their sights on Joyce as the perfect pawn for their escape plan. Flattered by their attention, Joyce is easily manipulated and seduced by the two prisoners, and soon agrees to help them break out. Wrapped up in a fantasy that men were in love with her, Joyce goes along with them when they suggest killing her husband so they can all run away together to Mexico. At the last second, Joyce decides she can't go through with the plot and doesn't show up at their pick-up point. Soon after, a massive statewide manhunt for Matt and Sweat ensues, culminating in a deadly take-down and her own conviction."

If you're a fan of the new WNED-TV acquisition, "800 Words," that airs on Thursday nights, I've been advised by Acorn TV that the streaming service  previewed Part 1 of season 2 earlier this year and eight episodes of Part 2 is coming next month. Acorn TV also carries the most popular WNED-TV acquisition, "A Place to Call Home," with season five arriving later this year. The first four seasons are also available to binge-watch.

Of course, Acorn TV subscribers pay a monthly fee to see the channel. WNED-TV is free over-the-air, as well as available on Spectrum cable.




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