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Reporters never know where an interview with Burt Flickinger III will go – you just buckle up and enjoy the ride. Fox Business News' Stuart Varney learned this back in February. It's worth reviving now because Flickinger, a Buffalo native and veteran supermarket industry analyst, talked about the Whole Foods Market in Amherst, the subject of a recent Buffalo News art…

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Can Batwoman and Nancy Drew do the next to impossible? Can they get Western New York viewers to watch CW series on WNLO-TV, the sister station of WIVB-TV? Most CW series aim for the younger demographic and fail to get even a 1 rating in the Buffalo market, so the odds are against the superhero and the super-smart hero. Here are mini-reviews of the network’s two ne…

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Western New York native Michele Fazekas has a tough assignment this TV season: Try and get a significant audience to watch an ABC drama at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Until last year's marginally successful "The Rookie," Tuesday night has been a death zone for many ABC series in the last few seasons, as Fazekas and her writing partner Tara Butters discovered last season when their…

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One of my favorite HBO programs is “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” And there is a special reason for Western New Yorkers to watch the next edition of the program at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Controversial former Buffalo Bills All-Pro guard Richie Incognito, who retired from the Bills in 2018 and is making a comeback this season with the Oakland Raiders, will be the subject …

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This is another in a series of columns about new broadcast network shows premiering this fall . NBC is borrowing a page from CBS and trotting out new series with recognizable faces and names, including Jimmy Smits, Bradley Whitford and Kal Penn. The names should get people to watch the first episode but after that it is anybody’s guess. Here are mini-reviews of th…

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be on “Jeopardy!” but a Western New York native is showing it sure doesn’t hurt. Jason Zuffranieri, who moved from Depew to Arizona in the third grade, has a 16-day total of $437,096 in winnings after another victory Friday night. His run has led host Alex Trebek to reference last year’s run of contestant James Holzhauer, wh…

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My moment of revelation about country music happened years ago at the old T&T Western Lounge on Niagara Street. It was a big, barn-like joint that would subsequently become known in Buffalo for its policy providing unusual, for the time, welcome to gay and lesbian audiences. At that moment, though, it was just a place I had been dragged against my will by a woman wh…

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This is the first in a series of posts about new fall network television series. It was only a few years ago CBS was heavily criticized for the lack of diversity in the casts of its programs. CBS has rectified that criticism in recent years, with the new shows this season illustrating it has heard and answered the criticism loud and clear. The casts in all five ne…

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This is what I’m thinking: If the Buffalo Bills keep winning, you would think CBS would assign some of its higher-profile announcing teams to work some of their bigger games. It isn’t happening this Sunday, with CBS sending one of its lower-tier announcing teams to the game against Cincinnati. Tom McCarthy will be on play-by-play and Jay Feely is the analyst. The ann…

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Buffalo’s singing cops are getting a TV show. Buffalo Police Officers Moe Badger and Michael Norwood, who went viral earlier this year when they recorded singing at the Salsarita’s restaurant downtown and later were invited on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” have signed a deal with Entertainment One for a sitcom to be based on them. “There will be musical aspects because…

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The Josh Allen Show hit another "wow" local television rating Sunday. Buffalo's 28-14 win over the New York Giants led by the Bills quarterback had a 36.4 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That was up slightly from the “wow” 36.0 rating for the Bills’ 17-16 season opening-victory over the New York Jets after a fourth-quarter comeback led by Allen. Sunday…

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I never thought I had anything in common with Bruce Arians, the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who last season was the third man in the CBS booth alongside play-by-play man Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green. But after Green thoroughly described the New York Giants touchdown that narrowed the Buffalo Bills lead to 21-14 Sunday, Gumbel said “a year ago, BA (Arians) w…

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Hill Harper may be best known as the actor who plays Dr. Marcus Andrews on the popular ABC series “The Good Doctor.” But he also headlines an HLN series, “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.” And the season four finale is featuring one of Western New York’s most notorious criminals. A two-part episode about Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber from Pendl…

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It is one of the most noticeable trends in local television news in Buffalo. To borrow a phrase from WKBW-TV’s promotional campaign, women reporters are everywhere. Of the last 23 new reporting hires made at the three over-the-air network affiliates in a little more than a year, all but one has been a woman. It's part of a trend in the broadcast business that expe…