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Answers to reader questions about the Mets, high-def & 'This is Us'

It's answer time.

Many of my readers rely on this blog to explain what is going on in local television.

First up: The New York Mets, who are dealing with a lot of injuries that have hurt their season. They are 31-37, 10 games behind Washington in the National League East.

Some of the team's games have suddenly and surprisingly appeared on cable's Spectrum Sports.

And more are coming.

A Spectrum representative explained that the cable company has made a deal to carry a 25-game package from WPIX-TV, the team's rights-holder in New York City. That's the package that in some previous years has been carried by an independent channel in Buffalo.

The next scheduled Mets game on Spectrum Sports is July 15 against the Colorado Rockies.

Here's one constant cable question I can't explain: When will Spectrum carry the Canadian channels in high definition? Hockey Night in Canada fans are most interested in that answer. I have been unable to get an answer on or off the record, which suggests the Buffalo Sabres may win the Stanley Cup before that happens.

Inquiring minds also want to know what is happening with the sub-channels of WUTV (Channel 29).

TBD replaced The Country Network on June 1 on digital channel WUTV.2 (29.2). Charge! replaced Grit TV on WUTV.3 (29.3).

TBD features web series, short films and music and video content aimed at millennials. Charge! features 1980s and 1990s action movies.

To get the new digital channels, you have to reprogram your television.

Inquiring minds also want to know when the popular NBC series "This Is Us" returns with original episodes.

NBC announced Monday the series will return at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. It originally planned to move the series to Thursday night, but changed its mind. NBC is beginning its new TV season on Monday, Sept. 25, the date "The Voice" returns with the first of three episodes that week.

Here's something I can't explain: The laugh-out-loud moment last Thursday when Channel 7 reporter Ed Drantch asked Erendira Wallenda in an interview if she had hung from her teeth during her 12-minute performance in a helicopter above the Horseshoe Falls. She explained that she did it twice, prompting Drantch to ask how he missed that. In fairness, a lot of people watching on site missed it, too. The headline on one Buffalo News story said it all: "Some Wallenda Spectators Not Sure What They Saw Over Niagara Falls."

Of course, people make mistakes. That includes me. Last week, I wrote the call letters of 103.3 were WPHD. I've since corrected it on my blog to WEDG. I don't know how I missed that.

Finally, HBO's "Real Sports" ends its episode at 10 p.m. with a remembrance of the fantastic sportswriter and TV commentator Frank Deford, who died on May 28. He reported 117 stories for the program over 22 years. Among the most moving was a story in which Deford and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason discussed their children with cystic fibrosis.


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