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America was never the same after Super Bowl XXX. It had nothing to do with the game played Jan. 28, 1996, in Arizona's Sun Devil Stadium. Who now gives a fig the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17? Aside from the inarguable fact all victories by the Cowboys are losses for America, the outcome of that game no longer matters. It was what we at home saw …

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The suspense over whether Buffalo native Jason Tartick will be the next “Bachelor” will end on Tuesday morning. That’s when the next man chosen to be “The Bachelor” on the ABC reality series will be revealed on “Good Morning America,” which starts at 7 a.m. on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). Tartick finished third on this spring’s edition of “The Bacherlorette” featuring Becca …

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In his post-game press conference Thursday after Buffalo’s last-minute, 28-27 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears, Bills Coach Sean McDermott was thinking of the team’s fans. “Hopefully the fans got to stay up a little late to watch it,” said McDermott. Many fans did. Just not as many as did in the three previous preseason games when more starters played briefly…

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Inquiring minds want to know: Is there a Federal Communications Commission rule about how local TV stations must handle tornado warnings? The answer to that question was hazy Wednesday night after WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) broke into “The NBC Nightly News” to report that there was a tornado warning in the Southern Tier and McKean county in Pennsylvania. I'll try to clear i…

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It is time to add one more former local television personality to the list of those being happier after leaving the business. Former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor-reporter Nalina Shapiro left the business  almost six months ago when her boyfriend (they are now engaged), former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sportscaster Jonah Javad, got a job in Dallas. Many people might have assu…

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Dave Rosenthal, who only six months ago was named the senior director of news and public affairs at WNED-TV and WBFO, has left the local public broadcasting television and radio stations. According to a spokesperson for WNED and WBFO, Rosenthal’s position was eliminated as a result of some needed restructuring. "We were looking to do some national opportunities and t…

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I wrote last week that the second episode of the Facebook Watch series “Buffalo Bills: Embedded” was an improvement on the premiere. With the third of the four episode series premiering tonight, it is time to hear what a big-time reality TV producer and big Buffalo Bills fan thinks of the series from Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE). Bennett Graebner, one of the…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is airing the debate tonight between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, the actress and activist who is challenging him in the Sept. 13 primary for the Democratic nomination in this November’s election. It will air at 7 tonight, which is getting the 60-minute debate recorded at 5 p.m. from WCBS-TV in New York City. Channel 4, the local CBS affil…

"Don't tell Mama." Those were the three semifinal words of HBO's "Sharp Objects" on Sunday. Thereby hangs a tale. To which a spoiler alert should probably be attached, much to my dismay. I am no fan of spoiler alerts. My feeling has always been that once a movie or TV has been shown, its ending is "out there" just like the ending of the Bengals-Bills game Sunday. …

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WKBW-TV (Channel 7) reporter Charlie Specht didn’t know what the reaction of viewers would be after his blockbuster report ran late last week. The two-part series on the cover-up of alleged sexual abuse by priests led to calls for Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign. The series was so powerful that Channel 7’s on-air competitors couldn’t ignore it and followed up on i…

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As predicted, the Buffalo Bills’ 26-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Fox affiliate WUTV was the highest-rated 2018 preseason game and the highest-rated TV event of the summer. The game, which featured rookie quarterback Josh Allen’s first start, had a preliminary rating of 25.7, almost two points higher than the Bills win over Cleveland carried on WKBW-TV (Channel 7…

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It is time for another edition of "What Western New York Is Watching," July sweeps edition: “America’s Got Talent” is the winner: NBC’s amateur hour reality series is the only program that received a double-digit rating here, averaging a 10.9 household rating during the July sweeps. It also won the key demographics of age 18-49 and age 25-54. “Code Black” back from “…

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This is what I’m thinking: The second edition of the new Facebook Watch series “Buffalo Bills: Embedded” was much more interesting than last week's premiere, which primarily concentrated on head coach Sean McDermott. Wednesday’s episode showed more of the interaction between the players, including Kyle Williams paying for a food truck timeout for his appreciative tea…

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Whether Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman or AJ McCarron is the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback, CBS will have a retired Pro Bowl quarterback ready to analyze their performance for the first four regular season games. The announcing lineup for the Bills first four games features former NFL star quarterbacks Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein, Tony Romo and Dan Fouts. Gannon i…

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This is what I’m thinking: The third edition of “Hard Knocks: The Training Camp of the Cleveland Browns” that aired Tuesday night was the weakest of the bunch. Perhaps that is because I expected so much more of an episode that was filmed the week the Browns would host the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game. The episode literally went to the dogs at one point, focus…