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Bills' 'Embedded' improves, local TV wins in 27th District

This is what I’m thinking:

The second edition of the new Facebook Watch series “Buffalo Bills: Embedded” was much more interesting than last week's premiere, which primarily concentrated on head coach Sean McDermott.

Wednesday’s episode showed more of the interaction between the players, including Kyle Williams paying for a food truck timeout for his appreciative teammates and a couple of defensive backs having fun in ice tubs after practice.

The primary focus was on the defensive assistant coach’s evaluation of their players. It also was interesting, even though it was all positive.

Since the program is produced by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, positivity is expected. But the show would be even more entertaining if the players heard some criticism – as there is on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” It also would be more compelling if there was some focus on an undrafted player or old veteran trying to make the team against all odds.

Perhaps that will come in subsequent episodes.

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I’ve just started watching all the fall pilots of network shows, including a NBC hospital series, “New Amsterdam.” It stars Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist”) as a brilliant doctor and hospital administrator trying to save a legendary public hospital in New York City in ways that makes him look like a superhero.

Needless to say, I was a little startled to see Eggold switch from playing such a saint to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman.” I highly recommend the film, which had several moviegoers the afternoon that I saw it laughing out loud at obvious but unspoken references to President Donald Trump. Spoiler alert: The pilot of “New Amsterdam” has one important character who learns that he has the kind of oral cancer that Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly has been battling.

President Trump was fortunate in one respect this week: The three network late-night shows are in repeats so Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon aren’t comically dealing with the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases.

One of the big winners to come out of the Chris Collins indictment most likely will be local TV stations. Not only do their news departments have a good story to cover about who will win the congressional race in the 27th District, it also stands to make a ton of political advertising revenue now that Democrat Nathan McMurray is given a chance against which Republican will be chosen to try to win Collins’ seat.

Scott Levy, the former Channel 4 news director who hired many of the younger staffers at the station, reportedly has been let go from the same job at KCTV in Kansas City.

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