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Channel 2 weathercaster Kevin O'Connell's 25-year run at the NBC affiliate is over. WGRZ-TV General Manager Jim Toellner announced O'Connell's departure in an email to the staff in which he thanked O'Connell "for his many contributions to our station and city." His contract ends this week. Toellner added O'Connell "has been a big part of our long and consistent as…

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This is what I'm thinking about the Emmy Award nominations that were announced Thursday: Netflix Advantage: I told you to watch Netflix series. The streaming service ended HBO's 17-year streak as the top-honored channel for nominations. In other words, HBO's winning streak was as long as the Buffalo Bills playoff drought. Of course, there could be an asterisk to HBO's l…

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By Emily Yahr, Bethonie Butler and Travis M. Andrews On Thursday morning, the Television Academy revealed the nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards. You'll also see some notable names missing. Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent," who has won best comedy actor twice, dropped out of the Emmy race for the Amazon show after allegations of sexual harassment resulted in his dep…

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Nobody asked me but: WIVB-TV has more important anchor shifts to fill than the weekend slot it just filled by hiring WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Erica Brecher. The station still hasn't filled the weekday anchor slots formerly held by Nalina Shapiro, who left more than four months ago. In the interim, Don Postles and Jacquie Walker have added extra shifts at 5:30 and…

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Every television critic gets the same question during the summer doldrums: What should I watch? Rather than give you only my opinion, the recent nominations of the more than 200 members (including myself) of the Television Critics Association should be a pretty good guide. The TCA nominations arrived about a month before the Emmy nominations, which arrive Thursday an…

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WIVB-TV has hired Erica Brecher, who has distinguished herself for the last four years as an aggressive and likable reporter at rival WGRZ-TV. Brecher is becoming the weekend nightside anchor, a position that Marissa Perlman primarily has been handling since Callan Gray left for a reporting job in Minneapolis. Brecher, who occasionally anchored at Channel 2, also will b…

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Here are the top six things to note about Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette" that decided Buffalo's Jason Tartick is getting one of four hometown visits with Becca Kufrin. Quote of the Night: Amusingly, Jason's excitement after getting the fourth and final rose was given the crawl treatment so viewers would know exactly what he said to Becca: "I'm so happy I am here…

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When is an endorsement not an endorsement? If that sounds like a question for a lawyer, it is. Attorney Robert D. Berkun came to the defense of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell over the weekend. O'Connell's future with the station is unclear after he was a paid witness in a personal injury case handled by a lawyer associated with Berkun's firm, an…

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Now things get serious on "The Bachelorette." I laughed just typing that sentence. But first, a spoiler alert. (Actually this spoiler alert is from ABC. I am about to tell you what an ABC release says about the episode that airs at 8 p.m. July 9 on Channel 7.) It may be briefly interrupted by another reality show – President Trump's announcement of his pick of the…

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More than a week ago, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell testified in a case for a law firm he has endorsed on the firm's website. Now O'Connell is awaiting a verdict on whether he'll be able to stay at the NBC affiliate for another year or more after what Channel 2 and its owner apparently consider a policy violation. Since he is in contract negotiati…

One preteen girl has been found dead. Her teeth have been removed from her head. Another preteen girl is missing. That's just in the opening minutes. This is not the way life is supposed to occur in the small town of Wind Gap, Mo. Clearly, there's a story there; which is why a newspaper editor in St. Louis sends one of his bigger -- and most distressed -- talents to Win…

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How is the World Cup faring on television in Western New York? The answer is complicated for a variety of reasons. Many World Cup viewers aren't being counted because they are watching at area bars, such as Hertel soccer bar Mes Que and a smattering of other destinations. The matches in Russia are carried here in the morning and afternoon during work hours, which …

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Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette" and plan to, don't read this column. Near the end of their one-on-one on "The Bachelorette," Becca Kufrin declared: "Jason was worth the wait." I would guess Buffalo fans were thinking the same thing. The show likely was worth the wait as Western New York native Jason Tartick finally was able t…

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For the second time in a month, religious programming in Western New York has suffered a big loss. WNYB-TV (Channel 26) Station Manager Sean Brennan confirmed that the religious station's owner, Tri-State Christian Television (TCT), decided to consolidate production to facilities in Marion, Ill., and and Akron, Ohio. He said the decision was made "after two years of …