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The second preseason episode of “The Josh Allen Show” Friday night was a much bigger ratings hit than the opener eight nights earlier. The Buffalo Bills’ 19-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns led by quarterbacks Allen and Nathan Peterman had a 23.8 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., making it easily the highest-rated program of the summer here…

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When it comes to reality shows, there often seems to be a Western New York connection. In case you missed, it the Angel City Chorale advanced to the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday night. The 150-member Los Angeles choir has at least five members from Western New York: Bob Fiorella, Rose Matic, Jimmer Bolden, Kathy Jackson and Gordon Glor. The up…

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The lure of Niagara Falls as a backdrop for movies and television shows continues. A portion of an episode of the hit USA Network series “The Sinner” is being shot today at Prospect Point. The second season of a series in which Jessica Biel is one of the executive producers finds Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) in his hometown in rural New York dealing with a …

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Two weeks ago, Erica Brecher and Andrew Baglini became the first married couple to work together on the same Buffalo newscast in several years. Husbands and wives working on-air together is a rarity in local TV news, with John Murphy and his wife, Mary Travers Murphy, the most prominent when they worked together at Channel 7 almost 15 years ago. But the story of Brec…

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This season of HBO's training camp series "Hard Knocks" featuring the Cleveland Browns might have special interest to Buffalo Bills fans for multiple reasons. After all, former Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is now considered the Browns starter; former Bills coach Gregg Williams is the Browns defensive coordinator; new Bills receiver Corey Coleman was acquired …

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WKBW-TV (Channel 7) anchor Ashley Rowe is about to enter into a lifetime contract. Shortly after her wedding to Dan Greene later this month, she’ll enter negotiations on a new TV contract. “We’d love to keep her and she’d like to stay,” said Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse. Rowe, whose initial three-year contract is up at the end of the year, confirmed tha…

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The second episode of the HBO Sports series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns” is expected to open at 10 tonight by putting the spotlight on wide receiver Corey Coleman before his trade to the Buffalo Bills. In the first episode a week ago, the desire of the Browns’ former No. 1 draft choice was questioned by a Browns assistant coach. Reports at t…

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I imagine some viewers of a new series carried by WNED-TV will be playing beer pong every time a brewery in Western New York is mentioned. “Brewed in New York,” a 13-part series that premieres at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the local public broadcast station, takes a look at the expanding craft brewery industry in the state. The premiere episode, co-hosted by Matt Archamb…

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When it comes to reality television, there often seems to be a Buffalo angle. The latest case in point is this season’s edition of “America’s Got Talent,” the summer’s most popular entertainment program. One of the acts that has wowed the judges is the Angel City Chorale (ACC), which consists of about 145 members of a diverse choir in Los Angeles who are between the …

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The Buffalo Sabres' additions of the National Hockey League’s top draft choice, Rasmus Dahlin, and 2011 NHL rookie of the year Jeff Skinner haven’t impressed the league’s rightsholder. The Sabres aren’t scheduled to get any games on NBC and will make only five scheduled appearances on cable’s NBCSN during the 2018-19 season despite the two channels carrying 109 games, t…

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Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to prai…

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It didn't take long for WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to crank up the promotion machine after being the big ratings winner for its Wednesday coverage of the Chris Collins indictment story. The promos that started today could have almost written themselves: "When big news breaks, Western New York overwhelmingly turns to 2 on Your Side on all platforms." The promo is based on th…

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To say “The Josh Allen Show” was a TV hit Thursday night is an understatement. The ratings for WKBW-TV’s (Channel 7) coverage of the Buffalo Bills’ 28-23 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers soared in the second half when the Bills' top draft choice went in at quarterback. The game had a strong 21.9 rating from 7 to 10:15 p.m. It is easily the highest-rated TV pro…

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There aren’t many bigger local stories in Western New York than a sitting congressman being indicted, and local television stations treated the Chris Collins story that way on Wednesday. In most regards, all three local broadcast affiliate channels did a thorough and praiseworthy job explaining the charges against Collins, his son Cameron and Cameron’s future father-in-…