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It is much harder to predict winners of the Emmy Awards than it is NFL games. I'm usually happy to hit 30 or 40 percent. This year, I see repeat winners and a show that goes mad for AMC's "Mad Men." So here goes my predictions for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS and will be competing for viewers wi…

At first thought, "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David probably would rather go to jail with the Fab Four again than do a reunion show more than a decade after the NBC hit went off the air. But David found a compelling personal reason for his character in the hilarious HBO show he created and stars in, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," to do an a…

Tonight's Best Viewing: "The Office," 9 p.m., WGRZ-TV. With Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim  (John  Krasinski) getting married in Niagara Falls in a future episode, more local people have become interested in the NBC comedy, "The Office." If you haven't seen one episode, tonight's season premiere, "Gossip," …

Remember Steve Kimatian, the lawyer who at different times in the 1980s and 1990s was the general manager of Channel 4 and Channel 7? On Tuesday night, Kimatian won the Republican nomination for mayor of Syracuse. It is being called an upset in Syracuse. He needs an even bigger upset in the general election in November because Democrats out-number Republican…

If any community needed a big laugh or two from Jay Leno after the Buffalo Bills lost another Monday Night heartbreaker, it was Western New York. Unfortunately, the premiere of Leno's endlessly promoted new 10 p.m. NBC program Monday was almost as big a mess as the Bills were in the final five minutes of their 25-24 loss to New England. Leno was almost as ru…

There will be a lot of things to complain about after the Buffalo Bills lost another Monday Night Football heartbreaker, 25-24, to the New England Patriots. But at least you couldn't complain too much about the ESPN announcing team of play-by-play man Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden. They had a strong game analyzing the Bills' surprising strong…

It must have seemed like old times for Channel 2's new morning co-anchor John Beard. At the start of the 6 a.m hour of "Daybreak," Beard told viewers of the latest poll numbers in the Buffalo mayoral race that are "coming into the Channel 4 news room right now." I'm sure that Channel 4 officials were laughing. Beard used t…

It will still be a week before the official start of the new network television season, but Monday will be a big night on local and national TV. It starts very early -- 5.a.m to be exact -- when John Beard debuts as the co-anchor alongside Jodi Johnston on Channel 2's "Daybreak." Beard made a brief appearance on the show today to hype his arrival. At 7 …

When television series enter their eighth or ninth seasons like "American Idol," networks and producers usually look for ways to re-energize them to avoid reduced ratings or even cancellation. "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf has been changing his casts for years for just that reason. This season, "Grey's Anatomy" is adding some …

With one day before the start of The NFL season, Time Warner and the NFL Network again haven't been able to make a deal and the league has come out swinging. The network said in a statement released today that is doesn't expect a deal with the cable operator to be reached "anytime soon." In the statement, the NFL Network said it was "extr…

The clever promotional packet sent to critics along with the DVD of the WNED-TV documentary "Your Life, Your Money" included a dollar bill. You might have to pay some young adults in your family a little more than that to sit through the nationally-televised hour at 9 p.m. Wednesday, but it will be money will spent. With Do…

This time, it is for real. Channel 4 anchor-reporter Mylous Hairston will be returning to work on Sept. 14, which is about a month after he originally said he would be back after suffering a heart attack on June 30. Hairston said his doctors thought the August return date was premature and that he needed more time to avoid stress. "They said I need to realiz…

It isn't exactly earth-shattering news that Charles Gibson announced today that he will be leaving as anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in January and that Diane Sawyer will replace him. Gibson, 66, said he considered retirement before and Sawyer, 63, certainly deserves the job. I'll miss Gibson, who comfortably fit the …

NBC's "The Office" has gotten a lot of attention here lately since Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) were married last week in Niagara Falls. A lot of readers who haven't seen the show didn't understand what all the fuss was about. They can catch up starting Sept. 21 when WNLO-TV begins carrying episodes of …

Buffalo Sabres fans who get Versus through DirecTV shouldn't panic yet, but at midnight Monday the satellite service dropped the channel that has the rights to NHL games. Since the Sabres have seven games on Versus this year, local DirecTV subscribers can't be happy about the possibility of missing those games. But the two sides have a few more…