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The broadcast networks apparently have learned their lesson about the fall season. Their new philosophy: Less is more. Rather than throw out several new series in September to compete against each other for viewers, Fox and NBC have announced they are only premiering two and three new series, respectively, in the fall. That should give those five new entertainment se…

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In a January 2013 book review, Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck suggested that a bizarre crime a decade earlier in Erie, Pa., could have been turned into "an interesting little movie" by a skilled director like Martin Scorsese. The paperback book, "Pizza Bomber," by FBI agent Jerry Clark and Erie-Times News reporter Ed Palattela, hasn't gotten Scorsese's attention yet.…

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If you desire a lavishly filmed period drama that is serious about both passion and politics, then journey to France to binge-watch “Versailles.” Featuring what is surely the most magnificent collection of hair-dos ever assembled in a television series, “Versailles” offers a sumptuous and thrilling look at the history of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Title: “Versailles” Y…

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It didn't require a genius to imagine a schlocky, if dramatic, final scene between Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette on last Tuesday' "NCIS." For their final moments together before Perrette departed the show after 16 seasons, almost any writing mediocrity at all could have invented a heart-rending tearjerker of a scene in which Harmon's stony, laconic character Gibbs at lon…

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About three years ago, I did my TV equivalent of a mock draft. Inspired by seeing former WIVB-TV meteorologist Amelia Segal working at a Washington, D.C., station while visiting family there, I made a top 10 list of young TV anchors and reporters in Western New York who I thought could eventually follow her into a Top 10 market. I noted that it isn't always easy to p…

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Bob Trimble and his family celebrate Christmas in the finished basement of their Pittsburgh-area home. That basement is also where Trimble keeps the collection of jerseys, helmets, press passes and other memorabilia he amassed during a two-decade career as a sports broadcaster, much of it spent in Buffalo with the now-defunct Empire Sports Network. That basement – he calls…

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Almost six months since his first night in the prestigious role as anchor of "The CBS Evening News," Jeff Glor is being honored by two learning institutions in Upstate New York that helped him get there. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Glor will be the convocation speaker at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at his college alma mater, Syracuse University. At 7:30 p.…

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This is what I'm thinking: If you are one of the Western New Yorkers tired of all the trivia Mike "Doc" Emrick reveals calling Stanley Cup playoff games for NBC and NBCSN, the voters on the national Sports Emmy Awards have a message for you: Stop complaining. Emrick was named "outstanding sports personality-play-by-play" at Tuesday night's awards presented by the Nat…

You've probably had enough about TV reporters leaving Western New York for bigger markets. Here's a positive story about someone staying. Jeff Slawson, who joined WKBW-TV (Channel 7) almost a year ago as part of an E.W. Scripps partnership with Syracuse University, has been given a permanent job as a full-time multimedia journalist at the ABC affiliate. It didn't …

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Another media romance is leading to the departure of another strong TV news reporter. As expected, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Danny Spewak will be leaving the station after the end of May sweeps to join a Minneapolis station with the same owner, Tegna, as Channel 2. Spewak will be competing with his girlfriend, former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Callan Gray. Gray, w…

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The final 10 minutes of the first episode of BBC America’s “Killing Eve” will literally leave you breathless. And yes, that’s just episode one. In fact, every week of this gripping cat-and-mouse tale ends with a flourish. Based on a series of novels by author Luke Jennings, “Killing Eve” is a smart, thrilling drama. Title: “Killing Eve” Year it began: 2018 Where…

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Warning to sports fans: If you plan to avoid paying Spectrum an extra monthly fee for a box on your television sets by getting Roku, a cable technician told me that would lead to about a 30-second viewing delay. In other words, you will be essentially watching a Bills or Sabres game or any sporting event on that delay. I know many readers are going to miss ABC's "Sca…

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On one side are the Washington Post, Variety and Linda Vester, whose allegations they're conveying. Add, too, in the Post's case, an anonymous source telling a similar first-person story about sex and "misconduct" by Tom Brokaw. On the other side are Brokaw and 64 female employees of corporate NBC over the years who signed a statement supporting Brokaw's personal integr…

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It should surprise no one that the local rating for Saturday night's Stanley Cup playoff game between San Jose and Las Vegas grew as the Western Conference clash reached its second intermission, when the Buffalo Sabres won the draft lottery and the right to pick Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall draft pick. The game had a 5.2 rating on WGRZ-TV (Cha…