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"CBS Evening News" anchor and Tonawanda native Jeff Glor has taken over the role of the late Tim Russert as the No. 1 network news booster of the Buffalo Bills. During an NFL Network appearance over the weekend, Glor might have been the only one in the nation to predict the Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 upset over the Minnesota Vikings. Glor's prediction of a 21-17 Bills win seem…

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WIVB-TV’s Dave Greber started his new role as co-anchor of the morning program “Wake Up!” earlier this month by saying he was "so excited." In fact, Greber and his Channel 4 co-anchor Melanie Orlins said they were “so happy” and “so excited” so often in the first few minutes together that you might have thought the Pointer Sisters song would be the program’s new theme s…

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CBS analyst Tony Romo noted the performance of Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen in the Bills' shocking 27-6 upset of the Minnesota Vikings Sunday gave fans something that was missing-- “hope.” The low rating at the start of the game illustrated how much hope had been lost after the Bills' first two blowout losses, but by game’s end fans were back in front of their sets. …

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Like Buffalo fans, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo seemed to be having a lot more fun than they expected in the first half of the Bills’ shocking 27-6 victory over the host Minnesota Vikings. But they probably didn’t have half the fun of the Bills fans watching and listening to CBS’ No. 1 announcing team praise rookie quarterback Josh Allen, veteran linebacker Jerry Hughes and …

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The Emmy Awards telecast Monday featured the usual assortment of humor and occasionally memorable speeches – not to mention one marriage proposal. But the funniest thing I read about the Emmys on social media came from someone who thought that Emmy winner Darren Criss, the star of FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” was making a political statement when he ended…

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The start of a new fall broadcast network television season used to be as exciting as waiting for the Buffalo Bills to open the season with renewed optimism. However, 2018 doesn’t offer much to cheer about. The four broadcast networks only sent DVDs of 15 series, which is about how many series Netflix seems to premiere in a month. More are coming, including the reboo…

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CBS’ top NFL announcing team, play-by-play man Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will work the Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Sunday. The assignment is more about the Vikings, who are a potential Super Bowl team in a season that CBS has the game, than the Bills. However, it will be a good chance to hear Romo assess the performance of Bills …

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The eight-episode limited series “Escape from Dannemora," about two prisoners who escaped in 2015 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in the North Country of New York State, is coming to Showtime in November. The pay channel ran an advertisement during Monday's Emmy Awards telecast about the series. The series, which will tell the story of the escape of inmates Ri…

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Remember John Stevens, the Amherst native who made it deep into “American Idol” when the show was a megahit on Fox? Stevens, who lives in Boston, finished sixth in the third season of the reality series. He will perform Frank Sinatra songs live at the Mercy Flight Beacon of Hope Gala on Sept. 29. The special theme of the night is “Celebrating Flight.” The keynote spe…

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Former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O’Connell’s Facebook post about his new job had people wondering if he was taking a shot at his former colleagues. In the post about becoming the new chief community connector for Catholic Health Services, O’Connell wrote, “I am thrilled to finally be working with some real professionals that will make a real difference in …

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Steve Cichon has left his part-time job as news director at WECK-AM/FM (AM 1230/FM 102.9 and 100.5 FM) after seven months at the station. The veteran radio broadcaster resigned his latest radio job to take a full-time job as communications director for Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo. Cichon, who replaced John Zach in February, said the high school…

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This is the final installment of a night-by-night look at the new shows premiering on broadcast television this fall. Today we focus on Sunday night. It isn’t easy for the other broadcast networks to compete opposite NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” CBS has done a decent job of it by going after the female audience. And this season, it has a bigger advantage. It …

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If I ever quit at halftime of an assignment, it probably will be watching the Emmy Awards. They usually fumble the opportunity to be entertaining while celebrating television and make watching it seem longer than watching the classic miniseries “Winds of War.” So halfway through Monday’s telecast of the 70th annual awards, I briefly contemplated pulling a Vontae Davi…

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Three months after “Risky Builders” aired on a Sunday afternoon, Western New York house flippers Chris and Lorissa Naugle are getting a shot in prime time on HGTV. The pilot episode that aired in late June is being repeated at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on HGTV. Here’s an edited version of the summary of the episode from HGTV: “Along with their best friend Blair, the Naugles…

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Buffalo Bills fans didn’t pull a Vontae Davis Sunday during the team’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Unlike the cornerback, the fans stayed with the game after halftime even though it appeared to be out of reach with the Chargers holding a 28-6 lead at the break. The home opener had a 33.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was only slightly lower than th…