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It was the Super Bowl of Inaugurations, replete with a lengthy pre-game show, introductions of famous old presidential players, television announcers who had trouble finding the superlatives to describe the amazing scene in Washington, D.C. and a post-game show that endlessly analyzed the day’s activities. The major networks weren’t about to let the cable news network…

How long will it be before a network or two commissions a movie on the incredible events Thursday afternoon before and after a jet airplane made an emergency landing in the Hudson River? Where is the hero, pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III? Why did CBS bail out so quickly Thursday afternoon? Those are the primary questions I have after watching much of the incredible TV …

Some random notes about Sunday's telecast of the Golden Globes: *Talk about lack of originality. With a few exceptions, the Globes honored just about all the same shows and performers that the Emmy Awards honored four months ago. "30 Rock," Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, "Mad Men," "John Adams," Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti all won won Emmy Award…

I'm looking over the list of the so-called 16 All-Star celebrities on the latest version of "The Celebrity Apprentice" and I'm thinking a prize should go to any viewer who knows what they all do. I'm having trouble deciding who is the most famous in the group, which NBC listed in alphabetical order Thursday:  Clint Black, Andrew Dice Clay, Annie Duke, Tom…

Who knew that all those old series carried on WNGS-TV were so popular? My story on the station's dropping of the Retro Television Network  became No. 1 on The Buffalo News Web site Wednesday and is No.2  early today. So apparently "The A-Team," "Magnum, P.I.," "Emergency!," "Knight Rider," "Hunter," "Kojak&…

From the look of things in Monday's premiere of ABC's "The Bachelor," the former teacher from Batavia trying to win single father Jason Mesnick's heart may not be long for the show. Sharon Staebell, a former Spanish teacher and volleyeball coach at Victor High School, was the 14th women out of 15 given a rose by Mesnick that signifies she will return for the nex…

Death, taxes, cable rate hikes. They are all inevitable. It was no surprise really that Time Warner Cable has announced local rate hikes, effective Feb. 1. After all, anyone who has followed Time Warner's recent national battles with Channel 4's owner and national programmers should have realized that someone would have to pay for those deals. That someone is you, if y…

Attention fans of ABC's "The Bachelor" who live in Genesee County: I need a little help uncovering the full name of one of the 25 women who will be taking part in the 13th edition of the romantic reality show. According to today's ABC release, one of the women out to steal the heart of Jason Mesnick, an account executive in estate and legacy planning, is a 32-…

I know many Buffalo Bills fans claimed they were going to boycott the team's televised game Sunday with the New York Jets. But the ratings on WIVB-TV weren't that bad when you consider how the team has been playing lately. The Bills' exasperating 31-27 loss to the Jets had a 31.2 rating here, which was only about 15 percent lower than the season average of 36.6 for gam…

The credibilty of Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial took a little hit today with the news that morning co-anchor Lisa Scott has been let go by the top-rated news department. Musial had said Saturday that Scott "has not been terminated" and added the station hadn't had any discussions with Scott. Technically, that was correct. She wasn't officially let go…

Cris Collinsworth, an analyst for NBC, The NFL Network and Showtime, has never been one to hold back his opinions. So it wasn't surprising that he had this to say Wednesday on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" about the Buffalo Bills decision to move one of its home games to Toronto. It turned out to be last Sunday's 16-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins. "In the h…

When Jay Leno is on the road doing stand-up shows he says he is frequently stopped by fans who wish his television show was on earlier. Next fall, fans of "The Tonight Show" will be getting their wish when he will be moving to 10 p.m. weeknights on Channel 2 and other NBC affiliates. During a conference call with television critics this afternoon to announce &q…

I don't know if this is bulletin board material, but "Late Show with David Letterman" has already booked Ball State Coach Brady Hoke to present the show's Top 10 list on Monday. Letterman, of course, is a graduate of Ball State, which plays the University at Buffalo tonight for the Mid-American Conference title. The booking of Coach Hoke suggests that the show …

You have to give ABC credit. In the semifinal episode of "Boston Legal" Monday, it allowed writer-producer David E. Kelley to take several shots at the direction of broadcast television. The teleplay, written by three people including Kelley, had a sub-plot in which attorney Carl Sack (John Larroquette) took a case inspired by Catherine Piper (Betty White) that …

Channel 2 consumer reporter Mike Igoe has accepted a buyout being offered companywide by the station's owner, Gannett, to employees 55 and over who have worked for it for 10 years and don't have a personal services contract. Now, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner has two days to decide whether to accept Igoe's decision or to keep the veteran reporter on the payrol…