"I will never love my neighbor as myself," admits HBO's "Young Pope" in this weekend's third episode of Paolo Sorrentino's show. "I love myself more than my neighbor," he reiterates a few minutes later in case, we didn't get the point. This Young Pope calls himself Pius XIII. His real name is Lenny Belardo and he's an orphan from Brooklyn. That, of course, makes him the…

A relatively new series on cable’s TLC will investigate the accuracy of claims that the Statler Hotel in Buffalo is haunted in an episode that airs at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The series, “Paranormal Lockdown,” follows paranormal investigators Nick Groff (“Ghost Adventures”) and Katrina Weidman (“Paranormal State”) for 72 hours as they are locked inside a h…

WGRZ-TV reporter-anchor Claudine Ewing is celebrating her 25th year in an industry that she knew she wanted to be a part of growing up on Grider Street. Since she lived near WUFO-AM and her mother Claudia worked in the traffic department, Claudine imagined her future in broadcasting while listening to Frankie Crocker and other famous DJs at the station. And imagine t…

CNN's "The Oath," a mini-documentary about the presidential oath of office, takes the viewer to a handful of historic places. Wall Street, where George Washington was sworn in. The United States Capitol. And Buffalo's Founding Fathers Pub. Reporters from CNN filmed the December trivia night at the popular political watering hole, located at 75 Edward St. Starti…

Oh, no! That’s my typical reaction when I see that a Western New Yorker is involved in a reality series. OK, to be honest, my reaction can be a little bit more provocative than that. This leads me to address MTV’s announcement that it will premiere “Stranded With a Million Dollars,” “a provocative new survival series,” at 10 p.m. Feb. 21. The cable …

PASADENA, Calif. -- Notes and quotes from La La Land, without musical accompaniment. When the new version of “24” arrives after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, Jimmy Smits will be in a familiar role. He is running for president, just as he did on “The West Wing” years earlier when he played Matt Santos. “This is totally different,” said Smits, comparing “Lega…

 The unusual story of former Canisius High School and Penn State football standout John Urschel’s gets another telling on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” at 10 p.m. Tuesday on the pay-cable channel. In a segment titled “A Beautiful Mind,” the feature about the 6-3, 300 pound plus Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman notes that he is pursuing a doctorat…

PASADENA, Calif.— Buffalo News reporters Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck helped many Western New Yorkers understand what drove Pendleton native Timothy McVeigh to commit the deadliest domestic terrorism act in American history. With the help of the two reporters, the rest of the nation will rediscover what led McVeigh to bomb a federal building on April 19, 1995, that led …

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – While in Hollywood to interview stars and producers of new midseason television programs, I decided to head 50 miles south to see the biggest star in Buffalo TV history: Irv Weinstein. I was joining the recent pilgrimage to Heritage Pointe, the assisted living facility where Irv and his wife, Elaine, have been living since September when he was…

The best series of 2016 debuted in full on Dec. 16, just one week after it was announced. Since then, Netflix’s “The OA” has enraptured, overwhelmed, and frustrated viewers nationwide. A highly spiritual, quasi-sci fi drama told in eight parts, “The OA” is the brainchild of two stunningly talented individuals. The series is the latest creation from actress Brit M…

PASADENA, Calif. – Now that the Fox series “Bones” is nearing the end of its 12-year run, co-star David Boreanaz may have time on his hands to finish a personal project. Boreanaz, the Buffalo-born son of former “Rocketship 7” host Dave Thomas (now Dave Roberts), told Toronto critic Bill Brioux Wednesday here he is trying to develop a movie centered around the …

Everybody has an opinion about Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech. But it was a little surprising that “everybody” included WKBW-TV anchor Ashley Rowe. After all, anchors not named Maryalice Demler usually avoid weighing in on controversial topics. However, the rules apparently are changing by the minute. That is illustrated by the fact that we now have …

PASADENA, Calif. -- Notes from rainy La La Land (without musical accompaniment): Every visit here, I am reminded that looks, accents and just about everything else can be deceiving. Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, will premiere the first episode of the final season of “Pretty Little Liars” on April 18 with a two-hour finale. It will have 10 episodes this …

PASADENA, Calif. – Fox pregame analyst Howie Long is a Sean McDermott fan. During and after a Super Bowl press conference here Wednesday, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman gave the Buffalo Bills new coach a ringing endorsement and also put in a good word for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. "McDermott is a Jim Johnson disciple from Philadelphia," said Long. "The late Jim…

PASADENA, Calif -- I arrived here at the semi-annual Television Critics Association meetings too late to see an historic moment involving a famous Western New Yorker. Christine Baranski, the award-winning actress who is the epitome of class and elegance, went before the nation's television critics and used a four-letter word that begins with the sixth letter of the alph…