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Here are the top six things to note about Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette" that decided Buffalo's Jason Tartick is getting one of four hometown visits with Becca Kufrin. Quote of the Night: Amusingly, Jason's excitement after getting the fourth and final rose was given the crawl treatment so viewers would know exactly what he said to Becca: "I'm so happy I am here…

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When is an endorsement not an endorsement? If that sounds like a question for a lawyer, it is. Attorney Robert D. Berkun came to the defense of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell over the weekend. O'Connell's future with the station is unclear after he was a paid witness in a personal injury case handled by a lawyer associated with Berkun's firm, an…

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Now things get serious on "The Bachelorette." I laughed just typing that sentence. But first, a spoiler alert. (Actually this spoiler alert is from ABC. I am about to tell you what an ABC release says about the episode that airs at 8 p.m. July 9 on Channel 7.) It may be briefly interrupted by another reality show – President Trump's announcement of his pick of the…

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More than a week ago, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell testified in a case for a law firm he has endorsed on the firm's website. Now O'Connell is awaiting a verdict on whether he'll be able to stay at the NBC affiliate for another year or more after what Channel 2 and its owner apparently consider a policy violation. Since he is in contract negotiati…

One preteen girl has been found dead. Her teeth have been removed from her head. Another preteen girl is missing. That's just in the opening minutes. This is not the way life is supposed to occur in the small town of Wind Gap, Mo. Clearly, there's a story there; which is why a newspaper editor in St. Louis sends one of his bigger -- and most distressed -- talents to Win…

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How is the World Cup faring on television in Western New York? The answer is complicated for a variety of reasons. Many World Cup viewers aren't being counted because they are watching at area bars, such as Hertel soccer bar Mes Que and a smattering of other destinations. The matches in Russia are carried here in the morning and afternoon during work hours, which …

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Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette" and plan to, don't read this column. Near the end of their one-on-one on "The Bachelorette," Becca Kufrin declared: "Jason was worth the wait." I would guess Buffalo fans were thinking the same thing. The show likely was worth the wait as Western New York native Jason Tartick finally was able t…

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For the second time in a month, religious programming in Western New York has suffered a big loss. WNYB-TV (Channel 26) Station Manager Sean Brennan confirmed that the religious station's owner, Tri-State Christian Television (TCT), decided to consolidate production to facilities in Marion, Ill., and and Akron, Ohio. He said the decision was made "after two years of …

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"Women like me aren't supposed to run for office," she said in her two-minute introduction to 14th district congressional voters, Women like who? Attractive, vibrant, smart, passionate and articulate? Why on earth not? One would assume even the most backward male troglodytes would understand her appeal. No, what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez meant was that she is 28 and a…

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If "The First Purge," the motion picture shot in Buffalo that premieres July 3 is to your liking, it won't be long before you will see more legal murders on your television screen. "The Purge," a new USA Network series based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse Television, is set to premiere at 10 p.m. Sept. 4 on the cable channel owned by NBC Universal. The ann…

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This is what I'm thinking: In case you are wondering about the controversy that led to actress Katherine Heigl apologizing for posing for some light photographs at Forest Lawn, she has relatives with roots here but isn't a Western New York native. Heigl's mother, the former Nancy Engelhardt, is a 1961 graduate of Amherst High School. According to multiple biographies…

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"The Rasmus Dahlin Show" was a big hit in Western New York. I'm referring to the 30-minute time period dealing with Dahlin becoming the first pick of the National Hockey League draft by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The 30-minutes before, during and after the Dahlin pick was the highest-rated period of the coverage by cable's NBCSN hire. The program had a 5.…

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It took a controversy to be reminded that actress Katherine Heigl has some Buffalo roots. Heigl was criticized on social media for being insensitive for posing for photos with her relatives’ headstones at a Buffalo cemetery. Her late brother, Jason Heigl, who died in a 1986 car accident, and her grandparents reportedly are buried at Forest Lawn. Heigl, who is best…

Two of my guilty pleasures this summer involve true crime series. The genre has become all the rage on television, partly because they are much cheaper to produce than entertainment series that require the hiring of expensive stars and writers. In addition, viewers are attracted to them because they usually involve a mystery. In the case of both my guilty pleasure…

The married "Risky Builders," Chris and Lorissa Naugle, have a hit on their hands. At least in Western New York. A spokesperson for HGTV, which carried the pilot of the program from the Buffalo-area house flippers, said the cable station won't be issuing any national ratings for Sunday's episode. She added no additional episodes have been scheduled at his time. Th…