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William Fichtner, the actor from Cheektowaga who stars in the Fox drama, “Prison Break,” already has his next role lined up. TNT, which recently renewed Steven Bochco's legal series, "Raising the Bar," for a second season, announced today that Fichtner will be the lead in a new drama pilot, “Night and Day” created by Joel Surnow (“24”) an…

To borrow a line from Art Linkletter, NFL analysts say the darndest things. I almost fell off my chair Sunday when CBS analyst Dan Fouts suggested the Bills think about kicking a field goal when they had a first down on the Oakland 14-yard line with about four minutes left in their 24-23 victory over the Raiders. Fouts was saved by play-by-play Don Criqui, who asked him i…

One imagines that "Saturday Night Live" may find a way during Weekend Update to respond to Gov. Sarah Palin's reaction to last week's opening skit featuring Tiny Fey as the Republican vice presidential candidate and Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Clinton The Alaska governor told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview that she didn't have the volume on but thoug…

It didn't go off without a hitch and wasn't entirely Chamber of Commerce material, but overall today's  Whistle-Stop tour visit of ABC's "Good Morning America" to Niagara Falls was a pretty positive experience for the area. Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion were incredibly cheerful throughout the show as they enjoyed seeing a rainb…

Former Channel 4 sports director Dennis Williams is expected to join Channel 2 in its sales department as early as next week. According to sources, Williams isn't expected to join the station's sports department, but could appear occasionally on some special programs. The move isn't expected to immediately impact Williams' work at WGR radio, where he hosts a Monday morni…

CBS play-by-play man Gus Johnson and analyst Steve Tasker might have struck fear in the hearts of Buffalo Bills fans with a few of their late observations in the Bills' 20-16 victory over Jacksonville Sunday. After Bills receiver James Hardy caught the winning touchdown pass from Trent Edwards to give the Bills a 17-16 lead, Tasker speculated that Hardy's toe might have…

Here's one thing that Democrats and Republicans can probably agree upon. ABC's Charles Gibson and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin certainly provided "Saturday Night Live" with a lot of material for the season premiere in Thursday night's interview. Gibson, who was granted Palin's first interview since she was selected as John McCain's running ma…

The pressure is on tonight when Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is interviewed by ABC News anchor Charles Gibson during the 6:30 p.m. newscast. And it's not just on the Alaska governor. It's also on Gibson, who some political and media experts believe was chosen to do the interview by the staff of presidential candidate John McCain because he will be …

How important is a news lead-in? The 4 p.m. Monday premiere of "The Doctors" on Channel 7 generated a rating that helped 7 News get an unusually high and extremely competitive rating at 5 p.m. In the last 15 minutes ending at 5 p.m., ''The Doctors" had a 5.2 rating, which was higher than the rating for "Oprah" (4.7) on Channel 4 and "Ellen&q…

If NBC News president Steve Capus had taken my advice in late July, he wouldn't have had to make the embarrassing move of replacing MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews as anchors of political coverage and giving David Gregory the job. You may recall that Chris Wallace of Fox News questioned having Olbermann anchoring the coverage, essentially telling critics in Ju…

It isn't exactly up there with "you're fired" from Donald Trump, but former Channel 7 weathercaster Mark Thompson delivered a memorable line several times in Sunday's sneak preview of the silly Fox game show, "Hole in the Wall." Before the contestants launch their bodies inside the cutouts made in a wall or fall into a pool of water, Thompson enthusi…

The premiere of "90210" -- the spinoff of the 1990 Fox series, "Beverly Hills 90210" -- set national ratings records for the CW network. According to the network, it was the highest-rated season premiere among scripted series in key demographic categories in the network's brief history and was No. 1 in the key age 18 through 49 demographic. Locally,…

Maybe the networks ought to reconsider the idea of premiering new shows and new episodes of returning shows on Labor Day evening. Monday's two-hour season premiere of Fox's "Prison Break" only had a 3.8 local rating on WUTV, which wasn't even as high as the premiere of the CW's "One Tree Hill" on WNLO. "The 3.9 "Hill" rating was even m…

The CW has decided to keep Tuesday's premiere of the heavily-hyped new series, "90210," a spinoff of the popular 1990s Fox series, out of the hands and sharpened pencils of television critics. The network has announced that it won't send out a screener of the series, which has a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WNLO-TV. In a release, the CW and its stud…

Here's some news that college football fans with high definition television sets will be cheering. Time Warner Cable announced today that it will carry ESPNU HD just in time for the college football season. It will be carried on Channel 725 in time for Thursday's 7:30 p.m. game between Vanderbilt and Miami of Ohio. ESPNU's schedule of Thursday and Saturday games will be…