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Mark Twain wrote 150 years ago that Buffalo should be the nation’s capital. And now HBO envisions a future in which that very thing has come to pass. This screenshot is from Sunday night’s episode of “Avenue 5,” the futuristic comedy in which Buffalo City Hall is now the White House. “Ever been to Buffalo before?” a cabbie asks her passenger. “It’s changed a lot sinc…

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The Goo Goo Dolls rock band, Las Vegas showman Frankie Scinta and singer-guitarist Shawn McQuiller from Kool & The Gang will be among the performers on the 58th annual Variety Club Kids Telethon to benefit the Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The television production, which is believed to be the longest-running charity event of its kind in the United States, …

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CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Carolyn Cassidy drove from her office west of Beverly Hills to Walt Disney headquarters 45 minutes away in Burbank to meet her bosses several months ago. She didn’t know why she was summoned for a meeting, but she was “excited and nervous.” So she took a memento from her late father, former WKBW-TV General Manager Paul Cassidy, with her for suppor…

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Today’s column brings you the unlikely duo of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Taylor Swift. Goodwin stood alone after speaking to the nation’s television critics in Pasadena, Calif., last month to promote a three-night, six-hour History Channel miniseries, “Washington,” that includes dramatic reenactments and interviews and runs 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. As she sto…

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It takes a few days to get ratings these days, but the local figures for Sunday’s telecast of the Oscars have arrived. The 3 hour, 32 minute show had a 12.9 rating on WKBW, the local ABC affiliate. That was down about 4% from the 13.5 rating a year ago here. That is much lower than the 20% national decline. The local rating peaked at 14.0 at 8:45 p.m. From 11 to 11:30 p.m.…

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Inquiring minds want to know: Where is WKBW-TV co-anchor Jeff Russo? He is on the injured reserve list after breaking his ankle in six places after taking a spill while ice skating with his children. That’s the report from Channel 7 News Director Rob Heverling. The accident occurred on Jan. 26. Heverling said Russo’s return is open-ended but he hopes to return in …

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They may not be packing the seats at KeyBank Center, but Buffalo Sabres fans are still sitting in front of their TV sets watching the struggling team at a decent rate. Over the first 50 games this season, the Sabres have averaged a 7.05 rating on MSG. And despite all the outsized attention that disgruntled fans writing songs and staging protests have received over th…

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Here are my Top 20 thoughts on the historic Oscars of 2020, most of which I tweeted during Sunday night's 3-hour, 32-minute show on ABC affiliate WKBW-TV. And people thought "The Irishman" was too long? Translation Needed: “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho of South Korea wasn’t the only winner who needed a translator. So did best actor Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) and best …

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) has filled its opening in the sports department with a former WKBW-TV (Channel 7) intern who has worked in several markets. Brian Chojnacki, who went to Hamburg High School and graduated from SUNY Oswego, begins his new role Feb. 17. He replaces sports reporter-anchor Nick Filipowski, who left the station in late December to become the directo…

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NBC’s “Today” made it to Buffalo again Friday morning to document the snow in Western New York. At least this time there was snow. You may remember the last time NBC’s popular morning show sent a reporter to Buffalo to illustrate the snow happening nationally in early November, Ron Mott didn’t have any snow to speak of in downtown Buffalo. This time, reporter Kath…

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Here are some people you might be grateful for when the Oscars are over Sunday night: Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Yes, I know you've never heard of him. There's good reason for that. He was born in 1808 and died in 1890. He was the author of some novels and a critic. He was also the editor of France's legendary periodical Le Figaro. Most importantly, he's the fellow wh…

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WUTV had a local rating of 50.4 for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night. The rating fulfilled the Fox affiliate’s guarantee to advertisers of around a 50 rating, but it still was lower than Super Bowls have received here over the last several years. The New England Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams…

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Local public broadcasting television station WNED-TV and local public radio station WBFO are now being rebranded as Buffalo Toronto Public Media. In a release, the local public broadcaster said the name change is “part of a comprehensive rebranding of the public media broadcasting organization and its three television stations, three radio stations and digital media pla…

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It likely will be another day or so before WUTV finds out from Nielsen what the local rating for Sunday’s Super Bowl was between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The ratings in Buffalo are now delayed by more than a day. Fox reported Monday that the game had a 41.6 rating and 148.5 million viewers watched all or part of Super Bowl LIV and i…