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The July sweeps starting Thursday are generally considered the least important to local television stations. However, they are important enough for WIVB-TV (Channel 4) to keep morning co-anchor Jordan Williams around. Williams announced a few weeks ago that his five-year run as co-anchor of "Wake Up!" will end after the sweeps end, as he plans to return to his native…

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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…

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Former Channel 2 and 4 anchor John Beard and veteran radio announcer Roger Christian of Star 102.5 head the list of six new members in the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame class of 2018. The announcement will be made later today at WNED-TV. Beard worked in Buffalo television for 12 years in two different time periods. He recently ended his 8-year run as co-anchor of…

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CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer doesn't often reference his family history on the air. But a conversation over the outcry about the Trump administration's decision to separate undocumented immigrant children from their families caused the former Western New Yorker to get deeply personal in an interview Monday with Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Age…

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You might have thought there was some progress in combating sexism when the Miss America pageant recently announced it was eliminating the swimsuit competition. Not so fast. Here comes ABC's "The Proposal," to set the progress of American women back to the 1950s. The reality series also sets back television four or five decades. The premise is that a man or a w…

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What does a television critic do on weekends for entertainment? If it is raining or unseasonably cold, I head to the movies. Now more than ever, thanks to MoviePass. It took me a while to sign up for the app because it just seemed too good to be true. The idea you could spend $9.95 a month per person – which is less than you'd spend at lunch most places and equ…

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After watching portions of "The Bachelorette" and previewing "The Proposal" (review coming Monday), I need to raise my IQ score back to where it used to be. So it's time to share some information on coming programs on WNED-TV, the local public broadcasting station that spreads knowledge. "The Vietnam War": The 10-part documentary from Ken Burns is back on Monday nigh…

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After reporting the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain at about 7:30 a.m., June 8, WECK-AM/FM news director Steve Cichon grabbed his cellphone and typed a story that he had been thinking about for more 30 years. Cichon, 40, spent close to two and a half hours composing a 2,500-word essay posted to his blog, BuffaloStories.com, with the title of "A brief memoir i…

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On June 13, 2008, I was on a golf course when my phone rang. It was my daughter asking, "Did you hear about Tim Russert?" Then she said the unimaginable: Russert was dead at 58. The shocking death of the South Buffalo legend remains one of those "I remember where I was" moments. A decade later, it is time to reflect on what Russert meant to Buffalo and what it mig…

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If only network television could return to the days of "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady," the Broadway revivals that were up for Tony Awards Sunday. But alas, there is just no reviving network television in the late spring and summer. You might have thought that the Tony Awards would have been poised for a big ratings night locally. After all, the NHL and NBA finals ende…

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Buffalo's Jason Tartick finally got some of Becca Kufrin's attention in the first 30 minutes of Monday's "The Bachelorette." After she admitted to forgetting Jason's name, she told him, "I have a little crush on you." Soon after that, they kissed, prompting Jason to say it was "awesome. It is a feeling you only get a handful of times in your life." I'm pretty sure yo…

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Ready for a night of nostalgia? As I look at WNED-TV's schedule starting at 8 p.m. June 11, I think of Don Draper's definition of the word on "Mad Men." "It's delicate but potent," said Draper (Jon Hamm) in a memorable episode. "Teddy (an old copywriter) told me that in Greek 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It's a twinge in your hear far mor…

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The Washington Capitals' 4-3 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night to win the Stanley Cup in five games had a higher live rating in Western New York than all but two prime-time network entertainment programs during the May sweeps. The exciting game had an 11.4 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the local NBC affiliate. The rating peaked at 14.0 at 9:45 p.m…

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Lia Lando, who has been anchoring WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) Sunday newscasts for about a year, will have her final broadcast at the ABC affiliate on Saturday. On her last weekend, Lando switched with Hannah Buehler, who now will anchor this Sunday. According to a Channel 7 memo to the staff congratulating Lando, she is taking a full-time job anchoring job at WROC-TV (Cha…