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English tries to save 'Murphy Brown,' Happy 'This Is Us' news and a 'Blue Bloods' wedding

This is what I’m thinking:

After CBS canceled “Murphy Brown” Friday, Buffalo native and series creator Diane English went to Twitter in the hope one of the streaming sites will save the reboot from extinction.

She created the hastag #SaveMurphyBrown, adding “let @Hulu @Netflix & @Prime Video know!”

The cost for Warner Brothers to produce the show in New York City reportedly was one of the considerations for the cancellation. The show’s liberal politics also probably didn’t help since it likely turned off almost half the nation.

In other words, the effort would appear to be a long shot.

But, hey you never know, so it is worth the try.

Good news for fans of “This Is Us”: The NBC series was given a rare order for three more seasons, which means there should be at least 50 more episodes in that time period.

Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate, Justin Hartley as Kevin from "This Is Us." (Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The news came on the same day that NBC announced its fall and midseason schedule.

“The Village,” the show that replaced “This Is Us” after its season ended in March, is among the programs that NBC hasn’t decided whether to renew.

NBC only has three new shows – two on Thursday – scheduled in the fall, when Sunday is filled by National Football League games.

Here is a brief summary of the three shows:

“Bluff City Law,” 10 p.m. Monday: Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue”) stars in a legal drama about a father and daughter attorney team.

“Perfect Harmony,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Bradford Whitford ("West Wing") plays a former Princeton music professor who presides over a small-town church choir.

“Sunnyside,” 9:30 p.m. Thursday: A disgraced New York City Councilman becomes the champion “of a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens.”

The bulk of NBC’s plans are in midseason, including “The Kenan Show,” a family comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, and the second season of “Manifest.”

The “Blue Bloods” wedding of Eddie (Vanessa Ray) and Jaime (Will Estes) only was addressed for a few minutes at the end of Friday's season finale. But the ending was very sweet. In case you haven't seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you by saying why. By the way, the actor who played Eddie’s imprisoned father in the previous episode is William Sadler of Hamburg. You almost certainly know the face, if not the name.

Speaking of faces, Kate Welshofer’s is being splashed all over area billboards to promote “Most Buffalo,” her new 4 p.m. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) show.

Kate Welshofer poses in the Channel 2 newsroom. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Many people didn't get my Friday warning that there would be no “Meet the Press” Sunday because NBC had filled the day with sports coverage. It was the network’s call, not that of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2).

If you are preparing for Hulu’s six-part series “Catch-22” that premieres Friday, be advised you can see director Mike Nichols’ 1970 version of Joseph Heller’s anti-war novel now on Netflix. More on the Hulu version later.

Jeff Glor’s final broadcast as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" Friday night had a 6.4 local rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), finishing second in the time slot to "NBC's Nightly News with Lester Holt" (7.4 on Channel 2). ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir" was third with a 4.7 on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). I don't have the national ratings yet. CBS generally is deep in third place nationally. John Dickerson reportedly will be anchoring for CBS tonight and other CBS News staffers will fill in until Norah O’Donnell takes over the prestigious role this summer.

“Is This the Dagger?” That line didn’t come from “Game of Thrones” Sunday. It came from TNT’s Kevin Harlan as Toronto Raptors  star Kawhi Leonard launched the buzzer-beater winning shot in game 7 of the NBA playoff series that bounced on the rim four times before it went in and eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers. The shots of Philadelphia star Joel Embiid crying after Leonard's shot went in and being comforted by Raptor Marc Gasol were very moving and a lesson in good sportsmanship. Harlan, who does an occasional Buffalo Bills game during the NFL season, is one of my favorite NBA announcers. His season is done. Marv Albert, a favorite of mine since childhood, is calling the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks.


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