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By Alan Pergament Silly me. I was watching a stupid NBC program called "Hollywood Game Night" Thursday when the hilarious TV event of the month was lighting up Twitter. A Syfy network movie called "Sharknado" was the talk of social networks Thursday night, with celebrities even bigger than the ones on "Game Night" heading to Twitter to give their snarky, sharky comments ab…

By Alan Pergament I’m a big fan of Bill Maher’s HBO weekly show "Real Time" and especially love it when the guests on the panel try to suppress their laughter when he delivers his often witty, politically-incorrect and foul-mouthed "New Rules" segment at the end of the hour. But I don’t always agree with Maher, who performs at Kleinhans Music Hall on Su…

By Alan Pergament Why would a so-called family-friendly series like NBC's "Camp" be carried at 10  tonight instead of earlier in the evening? Perhaps one reason besides giving it an opportunity to air after the highly-rated "America's Got Talent" is because it isn't really all that family-friendly. The PG-13 pilot that airs…

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Local indie rockers Colors in the Air had no grand celebrations planned for their eighth anniversary in August. But tonight, they’ll get a pretty good early birthday present: two featured songs and an appearance on the USA Network’s hit comedy, “Royal Pains.”“It’s clearly a highlight in our career,” drummer Pat Williams said about the Lockport band’s national television de…

By Alan Pergament I was so excited about Channel 2 meteorologist Andy Parker's return to "Daybreak" that I got up at 5 a.m. Monday to watch the morning news program. OK, I lied. I DVRed it. I planned to write about it Monday but then I got a little distracted by the news that Channel 2 had saved Pete Gallivan from a life in public relations and re-hired…

For three decades, Johnny Carson was the greatest single star ever created by American television.And then came Oprah Winfrey. And they’re now doomed to share that distinction for the rest of eternity.Both acquired their gigantic stature in the most obvious way: Their shows were the depots through which the nation’s entire celebrity class made arrivals and departures. Care…

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If Pete Gallivan were a politician instead of a newsman at heart, he’d probably be accused of being a flip-flopper. Almost four months to the day that he announced he was leaving Channel 2 to take a public relations job in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, Gallivan is returning to Channel 2 to work in the station’s sports and news departments.After laughing loudly at …

By Alan Pergament Pete Gallivan, who left Channel 2 in March to take a public relations job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, is returning to the NBC affiliate next week in a role specifically designed for his talents. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said that Gallivan will work as a reporter and fill-in anchor as well as being a big part of the Cha…

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By Alan Pergament The breaking news Monday of Pete Gallivan returning to Channel 2 after four months in public relations bumped my review of the first four episodes of HBO’s "The Newsroom" off the top of the blog on that day. So I think it is time to refresh the top a little with some new information with the help of Jeff Daniels, who plays the lead anc…

Over the last three months, you probably have learned or relearned that I am a pretty opinionated guy.You don’t always like the opinions, but here goes almost 20 of them.• Channel 4 recently begin running promos that say it is “holding the powerful accountable.” If it seems a little familiar, it is because Channel 2 has been running promos for years saying “it is holding p…

Her name is virtually unknown to most of us: Alma Chavira Farel. When her dead body was found Jan. 23, 1993, she’d been beaten, raped and strangled.She was, in most tellings, the first known victim in one of the most gruesome and, in many ways, weirdly overlooked news stories of the past 20 years – the murders of at least 370 young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city of…

By Alan Pergament Leftovers before the holiday: South Buffalo native Patrick Hall has informed me that he has been told by a show producer that he will be one of the featured performers profiled in the next episode of "American Ninja Warrior." The show featuring an impossible obstacle course airs first on cable’s g4 this Sunday and runs on NBC the following night…

By Alan Pergament As I wrote Monday, Channel 4 has "borrowed" Channel 2’s news slogan in promos and now says it is "holding the powerful accountable." Sometimes, the reporters at both stations seem more interested in acting tough or asking tough questions than they are in getting any answers. Take Monday night, when Channel 4 reporter Ed Drantch was out…

We love lists. We love horse races, especially the ones without horses .Put a list or a race result – even the most tentative one – in our sightlines and our eyes light up. Never mind how meaningless they can be. Take the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. Please, as that immortal Borscht Belt tail gunner Henny Youngman used to say. Or the current weekend box office to…

By David BauderAssociated pressNEW YORK – HLN network chief executive Scot Safon resisted any impulse to call his boss, Jeff Zucker, to say, “What are you doing to me?,” when he learned that CNN scheduled a nightly hour on the George Zimmerman murder trial for the same time HLN was airing one.So far, the call hasn’t been necessary.The CNN sister networks did well the first…