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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) recently agreed to new contracts with key personnel to assure that one of the keys to morning success – stability – can occur for “Daybreak” for the next four years. Co-anchor Melissa Holmes and chief meteorologist Patrick Hammer have both signed new four-year contracts to remain at the NBC affiliate. The new contracts don’t assure Holmes and Hamm…

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Since both the University at Buffalo men and women are playing NCAA tournament basketball games at around the same time Friday, there had to be a new plan for radio coverage since both can’t be carried on 1520 AM. The men’s game scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday with either Arizona State or St. John’s will be on ESPN 1520 (WWKB) as usual. Josh Whetzel will be on play-…

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Talk about spoiling some basketball parties with unforced turnovers. On Monday, the excitement surrounding the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team making it into the NCAA tournament was diminished by an unimaginable leak, an unfortunate tweet and an unfair game time. The disruptive "Big Dance" leak Monday came courtesy of ESPN, which accidentally revealed t…

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Here is the scorecard for last weekend’s key televised sports events. The University at Buffalo’s 87-73 victory over Bowling Green Saturday night for the men’s championship of the Mid-American Conference and an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament had a 6.9 locally rating on ESPN 2. That’s a very strong rating for a college basketball game in Western New York, especi…

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I doubt I am alone in saying I have had enough with Hollywood’s obsession with O.J. Simpson-related productions. ABC is testing America’s obsession with the disgraced former Buffalo Bill, network announcer, actor and commercial spokesman with “The Fix,” which premieres at 10 p.m. today on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). It is a thinly veiled 10-part series that plays like a fic…

Jeff DeMunn was a couple of years behind me at Nichols School. I never knew him, nor did I know anything about him except that we shared a first name (which, believe it or not, wasn't as common back then as it is now). DeMunn has publicly noted that nothing about his life at Nichols gave evidence of the actor he would become after studying at the Old Vic. (He has, in on…

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This is what I’m thinking: If you can’t make it to Sunday’s St. Patrick Day’s Parade, want to stay warm and see it and have cable, turn to Spectrum News Buffalo. Scott Patterson will be anchoring the cablecast carried on Channel 9 starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday as the cable news channel focuses its cameras on the marchers, spectators, Irish dancers, floats and bands. …

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I didn’t feel badly for all the rich guys like Rupert Murdoch and Robert Kraft who lost millions – pocket change to them – as I watched the HBO documentary, “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” that premieres at 9 p.m. Monday. As a journalist, I felt for Fortune magazine’s Roger Parloff and the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta. They also initially bought the compell…

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Kudos to TMZ. Now there's a sentence not often found in journalism that intends to be serious. But the most revealing thing seen anywhere in the typhoon of coverage of Gayle King's preternaturally poised interview with R. Kelly for CBS' Morning News was TMZ's TV show. By now, it has become a genuinely fabled moment in TV history that will be long remembered among tho…

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What Western New York is Watching, abbreviated edition: The influence a strong local network affiliate has on its network’s ratings was on display again during the February sweeps. The ratings strength of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) provided its network, NBC, help in winning the early morning and early evening news time periods. NBC’s “Today” (6.2) had a Nielsen rating he…

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This is what I’m thinking: NBC’s hit series “This Is Us” feels more like a play than a television program in Tuesday's episode titled “The Waiting Room.” The premature arrival of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) baby leads all members of the Pearson family to gather in a hospital waiting room for more than 24 hours for the birth. The tense and tirin…

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At least one arm of the Pegula Sports and Entertainment empire has reached its potential. Cheers to the television arm of PSE, which recently was nominated for 11 New York State Emmy Awards for programs and stories that ran from Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018. The highest profile nominations went to shows giving fans an inside look at the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sa…

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One of the most famous speeches in Buffalo Bills history was on display in Thursday night’s episode of the CBS comedy “Mom.” The episode revolved around Christy (Anna Faris) fighting a sports betting addiction while she worked as a waitress at the bar owned by the fiancé (William Fichtner) of her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney). The scene that reminded older Bills fan…

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BURBANK, Calif. – I am an idiot. At least I was when it came to assessing the geniuses in “The Big Bang Theory,” the top-rated CBS comedy that will be signing off in May as the longest-running multicamera show in television history with 279 episodes over a 12-year run. I made a confession to friends in the critical fraternity during the semiannual meetings in Los Ang…