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The showy flowers and berries of September remind me of ladies at a cotillion in Scarlett O’Hara’s time – the full skirts and puffed sleeve dresses, all ruffles and flounces, adorned with huge hats and jewels. Our gardens are the ballrooms, and nothing is subtle about this end-of-summer dance. Even the plants know it’s their last chance for full-out performances. These …

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The start of a new fall broadcast network television season used to be as exciting as waiting for the Buffalo Bills to open the season with renewed optimism. However, 2018 doesn’t offer much to cheer about. The four broadcast networks only sent DVDs of 15 series, which is about how many series Netflix seems to premiere in a month. More are coming, including the reboo…

Bills

CBS’ top NFL announcing team, play-by-play man Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will work the Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Sunday. The assignment is more about the Vikings, who are a potential Super Bowl team in a season that CBS has the game, than the Bills. However, it will be a good chance to hear Romo assess the performance of Bills …

Local News

The eight-episode limited series “Escape from Dannemora," about two prisoners who escaped in 2015 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in the North Country of New York State, is coming to Showtime in November. The pay channel ran an advertisement during Monday's Emmy Awards telecast about the series. The series, which will tell the story of the escape of inmates Ri…

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Former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O’Connell’s Facebook post about his new job had people wondering if he was taking a shot at his former colleagues. In the post about becoming the new chief community connector for Catholic Health Services, O’Connell wrote, “I am thrilled to finally be working with some real professionals that will make a real difference in …

YOUNG ADULT Pride by Ibi Zoboi; Balzer + Bray/Harper-Collins, 304 pages ($17.99) Ages 13 and up. "It's a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up."  This 21st century twist on Jane Austen's famous opening line begins this amusin…

Business

When Kevin O'Connell bid farewell in July as a Channel 2 weatherman, the veteran broadcaster said he wasn't ready to retire. He wasn't kidding. O'Connell has been hired by Catholic Health Systems to fill a new role as its chief of community connections. He started today, said JoAnn Cavanaugh, a Catholic Health spokeswoman. In his new job, O'Connell will "focus on …

TV

This is the final installment of a night-by-night look at the new shows premiering on broadcast television this fall. Today we focus on Sunday night. It isn’t easy for the other broadcast networks to compete opposite NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” CBS has done a decent job of it by going after the female audience. And this season, it has a bigger advantage. It …

Columns

If I ever quit at halftime of an assignment, it probably will be watching the Emmy Awards. They usually fumble the opportunity to be entertaining while celebrating television and make watching it seem longer than watching the classic miniseries “Winds of War.” So halfway through Monday’s telecast of the 70th annual awards, I briefly contemplated pulling a Vontae Davi…

TV

Three months after “Risky Builders” aired on a Sunday afternoon, Western New York house flippers Chris and Lorissa Naugle are getting a shot in prime time on HGTV. The pilot episode that aired in late June is being repeated at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on HGTV. Here’s an edited version of the summary of the episode from HGTV: “Along with their best friend Blair, the Naugles…

Bills

Buffalo Bills fans didn’t pull a Vontae Davis Sunday during the team’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Unlike the cornerback, the fans stayed with the game after halftime even though it appeared to be out of reach with the Chargers holding a 28-6 lead at the break. The home opener had a 33.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was only slightly lower than th…

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Tom and Louise Yots live in the Mattress Factory Lofts on Florida Street in Buffalo's Hamlin Park Historic District. The downsizers have lived there since May and are especially pleased with how the unit is ideal for displaying their artwork. Tom Yots, who taught chemistry for 31 years at Lewiston-Porter High School, served as the city historian of Niagara Falls and cha…

Bills

CBS analyst Steve Beuerlein said something in the first half of the Buffalo Bills' 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday that you rarely hear from any analyst. He almost advised viewers to change the channel. With the Chargers holding a 21-3 lead and heading for another score before halftime, Beuerlein said, “If the Chargers score, this game is pretty much un…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) has gone in-house to find its new morning co-anchor, naming Dave Greber to join Melanie Orlins on “Wake Up!” Greber starts his new role Monday. He replaces Jordan Williams, who left the CBS affiliate after the end of July sweeps to become an assistant news director at a station in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Greber joined Channel 4 more than …