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Good idea or bad idea? I'm not talking about the Buffalo Bills signing of controversial NFL star Terrell Owens after he was let go by the Dallas Cowboys. I'm talking about VH1's decision earlier this year to do a reality show with Owens that will primarily focus on his off-the-field adventures. Before the Bills signed him, I doubt too many people h…

We're used to seeing TV anchors being treated with respect out in the world. But that's not always how it turns out -- especially in angry, stressed and contentious times like these. Case in point: Ch. 4's Jacquie Walker was the designated moderator for Gov. David Patterson's town meeting with some angry people in Niagara Falls. The event, the…

The report that the company that owns Channel 7 in Buffalo has dropped most of its news operations at its Syracuse station, WTVH-TV, and is eliminating at least 40 jobs there has added to the anxiety level at WKBW-TV. The moves resulted from an agreement that WTVH-TV made to combine business operations with a competitor, WSTM-TV, in Syracuse. WKBW-TV staffer…

Jimmy Fallon owes Justin Timberlake big time. Timberlake's singing impressions of John Mayer and Michael McDonald were the highlight of Monday's premiere of NBC's "Late Show with Jimmy Fallon." Indeed, Justin was so relaxed and so entertaining that he looked like a better choice to replace Conan O'Brien than Fallon. The one bit featuring…

I've overheard a few people at basketball games and parties declare that they became tired of all the craziness in the Fox thrill ride "24" last season and have stopped watching the series. They're making a mistake. I'm not saying that this year's horrific day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) hasn't had it…

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that a television executive is planning a 13-episode reality TV series, "Minor League," that will feature the hometown 2009 Red Wings and air on PBS stations across the country a year from now. Presumably, the baseball series would be attractive to WNED-TV, Buffalo's local PBS station, because there should b…

I must admit I've stopping making regular visits to NBC's long-running medical series, "ER," which remains popular here But I DVRed last Thursday's episode, which featured the return of Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle), and watched it Monday afternoon. A few clues were thrown out to explain why the melancholy Carter returned to Chicago before…

With more than an hour left in Sunday night's Oscar telecast, presenter Will Smith cracked "I believe (host) Hugh Jackman is napping." If so, he wasn't alone. Jackman is a likable actor and didn't embarrass himself. But the slow-moving show had so many musical numbers that it seemed more like the Tony or Grammy Awards than the Academy Awards. For m…

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" often has high school elements, particularly when it comes to the staff romances on the popular series. But it outdid itself Thursday night when Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) had a fist fight. It happened after Sloan finalty got the courage to tell Shepherd that he had reneged on a promi…

I've already received two emails from friends asking to sign a petition being sent to the producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to consider building a home for the Wielinski family after their house on Long Street in Clarence was destroyed in the crash of Continental Flight 3407. It certainly could be an emotional epis…

As of today, the only broadcast interview that Karen Wielinski has given since she and her daughter Jill miraculously survived the crash of Flight 3407 into their Clarence home was to a radio reporter with family ties. WBEN's Barbara Burns did an emotional interview with Karen, whose husband Doug Wielinski was also in the house and died in the…

Channel 4 had the best interviews and the best pictures Thursday night in covering the crash of Flight 3407 in which 49 people died. The interview that reporter Lisa Flynn did with Chris Kausner, whose sister, Ellyce, was on the plane, was especially poignant. However, Channel 4 also had some of the worst speculation -- erroneously reporting that no one in the house …

I'm not a fan of stars announcing their departures from hit series. I'd rather be surprised when their characters die or move away. But since the news is out, I can't ignore the coming departures of Nicollette Sheridan from ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight from ABC's "Grey's Anatomy.&quo…

All right, I've been wrong before. But it sure looks like Western New York is tiring of "American Idol" this season. For the second time in recent weeks, the CBS program "NCIS" defeated "Idol" in head-to-head competition on Tuesday. And this time it wasn't even close. "NCIS" averaged an 18.4 rating on Channel 4, "Idol…

During commercial breaks of Sunday night's Grammy Awards, I headed over to BBCAmerica to catch taped coverage of the British Academy Film Awards. And guess who popped up at the end to announce the winner of the best picture? None other than Mick Jagger, who got a kick out of being miscast. He joked that he was part of the movie star, rock star exchange program. "…