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Clooney's interview with Letterman is must-see TV

This is what I'm thinking:

During the summer, there are very few must-see TV events.

But I'm all in at 10 tonight for the 90-minute TNT presentation of "The American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney," which was filmed two weeks ago.

If it is half as entertaining as Clooney's hour with David Letterman's Netflix show, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," I'll be satisfied.

If you can't find anything to watch on a given night and have Netflix, I suggest you head to Letterman's series. I've seen his interviews with Clooney, former President Barack Obama and Howard Stern and enjoyed them all, partly because Letterman also reveals things about himself.

Letterman's interview with Clooney included a visit to the Kentucky home of George's parents, former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Nick Clooney and Nina Clooney.

One of the more amusing moments in the interview with Clooney had a Buffalo angle.

When George addressed his TV failures before he rose to fame on "ER," the ABC series "Sunset Beat" quickly came to mind.

He laughed about playing an undercover cop who rode a Harley motorcycle and also was a lead guitarist in a rock band in the ABC series "Sunset Beat." That series was created by Amherst native Patrick Hasburgh, the writer-producer who also hired Johnny Depp to star in his series "21 Jump Street" and Brad Pitt to star in another series, "Glory Days."

So I reached out to Hasburgh via Facebook about his memories working with George.

"George was a dream to work with, a classy and funny guy," wrote Hasburgh.

He added "Sunset Beat" was underfunded and never had a chance.

"I was out $2 million and George went on to become a giant star," wrote  Hasburgh.

He added he just sold the White Harley that Clooney rode in "Sunset Beat."

"The Bachelorette" update: Bulletin: Buffalo native Jason Tartick is "a very good kisser." That remark from Becca Kufrin, who is dating about 15 remaining guys, was the highlight of Monday's episode as far as many Western New Yorkers were concerned. Jason got some alone time with Becca, and things looked like they went well. He looks and sounds like a really good guy, so if it doesn't work out with Becca, Jason should be okay.

Monday's episode had a season-high live local rating of 3.8 on Channel 7. "The Proposal," the brain-dead series that followed it, had a 2.2 rating. It isn't much, but that's decent by summer standards. I would expect it to drop next week.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka made some golf history over the weekend by winning the title back-to-back. Now he should spend some time reading about golf history. After his win, Koepka was interviewed by Curtis Strange on Fox. You might have thought that the 28-year-old Koepka would have noted that Strange was the last Open champion to repeat in 1989. He seemed clueless.

Here's why broadcast networks rarely show movies anymore. Saturday's telecast of "Jurassic Park" on NBC had a low 1.2 rating on Channel 2.

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) quietly celebrated its fourth anniversary under the ownership of the E.W. Scripps Company this week. The station's newscasts have vastly improved, even though Nielsen hasn't given the station much to celebrate. Scripps had to know getting Channel 7 more competitive would be a slow build.

I've tried the first three episodes of the new HBO Sunday series "Succession," about a mega-rich, dysfunctional and unlikable family that is trying to maintain control of its global media company. But I'm ready to give up. The humor is forced, and even the obligatory HBO sex scenes are boring. HBO has already renewed it for a second season.

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