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Food and Drink

I imagine some viewers of a new series carried by WNED-TV will be playing beer pong every time a brewery in Western New York is mentioned. “Brewed in New York,” a 13-part series that premieres at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the local public broadcast station, takes a look at the expanding craft brewery industry in the state. The premiere episode, co-hosted by Matt Archamb…

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When it comes to reality television, there often seems to be a Buffalo angle. The latest case in point is this season’s edition of “America’s Got Talent,” the summer’s most popular entertainment program. One of the acts that has wowed the judges is the Angel City Chorale (ACC), which consists of about 145 members of a diverse choir in Los Angeles who are between the …

Sports

The Buffalo Sabres' additions of the National Hockey League’s top draft choice, Rasmus Dahlin, and 2011 NHL rookie of the year Jeff Skinner haven’t impressed the league’s rightsholder. The Sabres aren’t scheduled to get any games on NBC and will make only five scheduled appearances on cable’s NBCSN during the 2018-19 season despite the two channels carrying 109 games, t…

TV

Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to prai…

Local News

It didn't take long for WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to crank up the promotion machine after being the big ratings winner for its Wednesday coverage of the Chris Collins indictment story. The promos that started today could have almost written themselves: "When big news breaks, Western New York overwhelmingly turns to 2 on Your Side on all platforms." The promo is based on th…

TV

To say “The Josh Allen Show” was a TV hit Thursday night is an understatement. The ratings for WKBW-TV’s (Channel 7) coverage of the Buffalo Bills’ 28-23 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers soared in the second half when the Bills' top draft choice went in at quarterback. The game had a strong 21.9 rating from 7 to 10:15 p.m. It is easily the highest-rated TV pro…

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There aren’t many bigger local stories in Western New York than a sitting congressman being indicted, and local television stations treated the Chris Collins story that way on Wednesday. In most regards, all three local broadcast affiliate channels did a thorough and praiseworthy job explaining the charges against Collins, his son Cameron and Cameron’s future father-in-…

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The indictment of Congressman Chris Collins for insider trading and lying to the FBI led to some riveting, unscripted television Wednesday morning. The presentation of the case against the Clarence Republican, his son Cameron and others by Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, led CNN analysts to put the case in perspectiv…

Bills

This season of HBO's training camp series "Hard Knocks" featuring the Cleveland Browns might have special interest to Buffalo Bills fans for multiple reasons. After all, former Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is now considered the Browns starter, former Bills coach Gregg Williams is the Browns defensive coordinator, new Bills receiver Corey Coleman was just acqu…

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Social media was right all along. “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen over Blake Monday night and they are now engaged. Websites devoted to “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” had Garrett the winner weeks ago. The big question now is whether a TV Guide poll released Monday over who will be the next “Bachelor” is going to be prophetic. In an art…

TV

Writing and working in television is widely viewed as a younger person’s game because of the hours required to produce a show. But don’t tell that to the legends who are part of Buffalo's Hollywood connection; they are involved in their version of "That (Almost) '70s Show." Buffalo native Diane English is actually 70. She called herself “a bit of a unicorn” in a tele…

Colleges

First, the owner of WIVB-TV (Channel 4) and WNLO-TV (CW23) made a deal to take the preseason rights to the Buffalo Bills away from WKBW-TV (Channel 7) in 2020. Now comes word that the owner, Nexstar, has grabbed the rights to University at Buffalo football and basketball shows from WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), which had a deal for the past four years. UB announced Monday it …

Sabres

Rich Gaenzler, aka "Bull" on 97 Rock, is replacing Lauren Hall as the Buffalo Sabres' in-arena host for the upcoming National Hockey League season. He will be expanding his freelance duties, as he also is the in-arena host for Buffalo Bandits lacrosse games. "I haven't signed any papers, but it is done," Gaenzler confirmed Monday morning. "I'm pumped and I can't wait…

TV

Plenty of news about the news happened in the past few days so here is a “weekend update”: Paul confirms he will exit Channel 7 soon: WKBW-TV (Channel 7) weekend meteorologist Don Paul went to Facebook to confirm my report that his two-year tenure at the station will be over at year’s end. “This is not a retirement and was not my call,” wrote Paul, who joined Channel…