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The MTV Movie Awards expanded its audience for the 2009 telecast with the promise of a visit from the stars of "Twilight" and exclusive footage from the second installment in the movie series, "New Moon." It worked out so well, the network is doing it again. "Twilight's" holy trio -- Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Ta…

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Vampires never die -- but they do go into syndication. The Alex O'Loughlin vampire series "Moonlight" has found a new home on the CW starting tonight. The addition of the romantic vampire cop drama (yes it's all of that) creates a Thursday night vampire doubleheader on the CW. At 8 p.m., watch encore presentations of the CW's hit freshman teen…

   By the time "Lost" ended its six-year run Sunday night with an epic 2 1/2-hour finale, we thought we would have answers to at least some of our lingering questions. What was the island? What was the mysterious light that needed protecting? What did it mean? We didn't get the answers to those questions but it doesn't seem to matter much. (Sp…

My favorite bit on Betty White's triumphal march through "Saturday Night Live?" It was the final one--the only one that could have been rated PG.Betty was playing a senile and quite nutso old bat, you see. And Tina Fey, playing a census taker, came to her door. Whereupon Betty, when asked her name, confirmed that it was spelled "L-E-E S-M-I-T-H."An…

Topping the news tonight is a report that legendary retired anchor Channel 7 Irv Weinstein had his 80th birthday today. Weinstein confirmed it in a hilarious email about his celebration plans that I will share with readers once I get his approval. This much I can say. The family is celebrating in Palm Springs, Calif. at the home formerly occupied by actress Donna Reed…

The News' Television Critic Alan Pergament gives a network-by-network rundown of what's coming in the May 'sweeps' in this video produced by Digital Reporter Denise Jewell Gee:

When the Buffalo Sabres opened their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Boston Bruins, all three local news departments made it the lead of their newscasts. When the Bruins eliminated the Sabres Monday night, Channel 4 and Channel 7 had sports reporters at the top of the 11 p.m. newscast doing the post-mortems. The reports were followed by mandatory pointless intervi…

I review Buffalo Sabres TV analyst Harry Neale and (briefly) the rest of the broadcast team in today's Sports on the Air column. Neale is easy to listen to -- sort of like mall music. But he doesn't go too deeply into game strategy. Play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret, reporter Rob Ray and excellent studio host Kevin Sylvester deal with strategy more than Neale, who …

Local sports fans should sit back and enjoy the Buffalo Sabres game with the Boston Bruins tonight on MSG instead of watching the NFL draft on ESPN. After all, ESPN didn't care enough about the Bills second-round pick tonight to even pay attention when it was made. The ESPN crew was talking with Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren about his team wh…

Most of Western New York didn't see it, but NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock accurately predicted the Buffalo Bills top draft choice again. About an hour before the Bills selected, I received a press release from The NFL Network in which Mayock accurately predicted the Bills would select Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. I immediately called my best fri…

"Today" show Matt Lauer got in the comedy spirit this morning when talking to the chief executive officer of the airline that plans to charge customers for carry-on bags. This is what Lauer told Ben Baldanza, CEO of Spirit Airlines: "You had to know this was going to go over like a fart in church, pardon the expression." Fart jokes in the morning? When …

Some Buffalo Sabre fans were quite upset Monday night that they were unable to see the 2-1 playoff loss to the Boston Bruins in high definition while the rest of the country could. The reason for that is that the Versus telecast of first-round games is blacked out in the markets of the participating teams to give the home market exclusivity. Versus carried the games in HD…

A 2003 graduate of City Honors is one of five finalists in the Ultimate "Lost" Fan Promo Contest. Andy Kelemen, a commercial producer who now lives in Pittsburgh, was named one of five finalists today by ABC. His entry is titled "The Lost Life." The winner gets to have his or her 35-second promo air before the May 23 series finale of…

At first glance, Conan O'Brien's move to cable's TBS instead of the long-rumored deal with Fox looks like a demotion for the very brief host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." But it's a good move because it reduces the pressure on O'Brien and sends him to a channel that appeals to the younger viewers that appreciate his brand of…