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It’s been six months since WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor-reporter Jonah Javad left the station to work in Dallas without a replacement being named. Now comes word from Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner that J.T. Messinger, who has worked off-camera in the news and sports departments, is taking Javad’s roster spot in the sports department. Toellner said Messi…

Perhaps the biggest illustration of how few new shows the broadcast networks are offering this fall is that only three shows combined are premiering on Thursday and Friday. There is nothing new on Saturday. Here are mini-reviews of two of the three series, which are comedies that likely will have limited appeal. “I Feel Bad” 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC In this multi-ge…

Lifestyles

No serious reporter wants to become part of a story he or she is covering. However, sometimes it can't be avoided. On Wednesday night, two CBS News employees with Western New York ties became part of a story that has rocked the network's legendary news magazine "60 Minutes" and the entire news division. Former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) reporter Jericka Duncan was a sign…

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It is time for another short edition of What’s Western New York Watching: I didn’t think much of WIVB-TV (Channel 4) reporter Dave Greber’s sympathetic interview with Rep. Chris Collins Monday night. But it got viewers to tune in. Channel 4’s 6 p.m. newscast Monday had an 11.8 rating to take first place in the three-way competition. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) was second wit…

If you’re following the success of the five members of the Angel City Chorale from Western New York, it is time to tune in “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2). The Buffalo five in the 150-member Los Angeles choir -- Bob Fiorella, Rose Matic, Jimmer Bolden, Kathy Jackson and Gordon Glor – will be stage again tonight on the semifinals of the po…

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Producer Dick Wolf is prolific, with most of his successes carried by NBC. They include the three “Chicago” series – “Med,” “Fire” and “P.D.” – carried together on Wednesdays this season and several versions of the “Law & Order” franchise. What many people don’t know is that Wolf created the original pilot of “Law & Order” for CBS, which foolishly passed on i…

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During the Buffalo Bills disaster in Baltimore last Sunday, Channel 4 ran promos highlighting anchor-reporter Dave Greber’s exclusive interview with Chris Collins scheduled for the next night. I immediately tweeted, “It is hard to believe Collins’ attorney is happy that the congressman is doing” the interview. I was wrong. His attorney or attorneys probably loved it.…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills' disaster in Baltimore still was a winner for Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The Bills’ 47-3 road loss Sunday to the Ravens had a 34.6 rating and somewhat surprisingly kept most viewers until the end on WIVB-TV. Most likely, the switch in quarterbacks from Nate Peterman to rookie Josh Allen in the second half kept Bills fans interested. The …

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All was not lost if you watched the Buffalo Bills disaster in Baltimore Sunday carried by Channel 4. The game gave viewers a heavy load of promos for CBS’ new fall shows that begin dribbling out two weeks from tonight. In preparation for the new broadcast television season, I will be offering a night-by-night look at the new shows premiering this fall. It starts w…

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I raced home from the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday after seeing nine movies in three days to see the Buffalo Bills get humiliated, 47-3, by the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. None of those movies was as scary as the Bills game. It felt like we’ve seen a version of this Sunday made-for-TV movie before. But CBS analyst Rich Gannon apparently ha…

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Abby Sullivan has spent most of her working life on the stage as a dancer, first for the Buffalo Bandits and now in Las Vegas. But she has never been as scared on stage as she was during the filming of the episode of “The Proposal,” the ABC reality series that ended its summer run a week ago and is awaiting word whether there will be a second season. In a telephone i…

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Jason Tartick handled the disappointment of not being named the next "Bachelor" with the same class that made the Western New Yorker a fan favorite on this past season's "The Bachelorette." In a text exchange, Tartick praised the choice, Colton Underwood, announced Tuesday by the ABC reality show. Underwood finished fourth in "The Bachelorette," one man behind Tartic…

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Western New York native Jason Tartick – who became known for being a great kisser on last season’s “The Bachelorette” – got the big kiss-off this morning. The fan choice online to be the next “Bachelor” after finishing third in the past season of “The Bachelorette” was passed over in favor of former National Football League practice squad player Colton Underwood. The…

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The suspense over whether Buffalo native Jason Tartick will be the next “Bachelor” will end on Tuesday morning. That’s when the next man chosen to be “The Bachelor” on the ABC reality series will be revealed on “Good Morning America,” which starts at 7 a.m. on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). Tartick finished third on this spring’s edition of “The Bacherlorette” featuring Becca …