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Channel 2 has been creative over the years with its upbeat news promos and it has several marketing and promotional awards to prove it. It received the ultimate compliment recently when rival Channel 4 started running promos that had a similar vibe as Channel 2's heartwarming "This Is Home" campaign, but aren't as well done. But Channel 2's creativity is off the char…

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Monday was a big reality TV night for Buffalo natives. Abby Sullivan, the daughter of former Buffalo News sports columnist Jerry Sullivan and former Buffalo News copy editor Barbara Branning, won "The Proposal" on Monday night's episode of the ABC reality series. The graduate of Holy Angels said "yes" to a proposal by Winston, a mystery entrepreneur and self-made mil…

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A story written last week by Wendy Gould for something called popsugar.com had the headline "5 Reasons We're Convinced ABC Has Secretly Cast Jason as the next 'Bachelor.'" It was an amusing article, but here's One Big Reason why I know she is wrong about ABC keeping a secret. Bennett Graebner, the Buffalo native who is one of the showrunners of "The Bachelorette," to…

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Get ready for dueling news promos on WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV. Channel 4 has won the July sweeps – considered the least important of the year by advertisers -- in household ratings in every time slot the two stations compete head-to-head, except in the early morning. Its 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WNLO-TV grew 47 percent in household ratings from a year ago to a 5…

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I practically wrote a book about Jason Tartick's elimination from "The Bachelorette" on Monday night, but it's worth expanding on the answer to this question: Would the Buffalo native consider being the next "Bachelor" if the producers asked him to be after Becca Kufrin broke his heart? "Because of how fond I was of the experience I would absolutely consider the opportu…

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The departure of Kevin O'Connell from the Channel 2 weather team more than a week ago has quietly led to some local TV history being made. It is believed WGRZ will have a woman as its regular meteorologist on weekday evening newscasts for the first time in about a half-century in Buffalo. Actually, it will be two women. Heather Waldman and Maria Genero will split …

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When Jason Tartick came to Western New York recently to be in a friend's wedding party everybody wanted to know about his appearance on "The Bachelorette." The Buffalo native couldn't say much beyond that it was a great experience and Becca Kufrin, the Bachelorette, was amazing. But after his elimination on Monday night's episode, the 2006 Williamsville East graduate…

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Jason's journey on "The Bachelorette" is over. Becca Kufrin said goodbye to Buffalo native Jason Tartick on Monday night's episode, which narrowed the field of suitors to two – Garrett and Blake. Jason's journey ended midway through the two-hour episode after Becca first told the audience she felt "weird" during a great date with Jason in Thailand. She then got up…

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Names in the news: Jordan Williams: The co-anchor of WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) "Wake Up!" has his final broadcast on the CBS affiliate on Wednesday, the final day of the July sweeps. Williams is becoming assistant news director at KBMT, his hometown station in Beaumont, Texas. He is from Port Neches, Texas, and is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. On Th…

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Yes, there were some dry eyes in the audience during Jim Kelly's speech at the 2018 ESPYs  in Los Angeles. But there weren't many. The show's director wisely flashed to audience reaction shots while Kelly was speaking. Eyes were wet all over. Expressions were stricken with empathetic sorrow over a man whose son lived for eight years with a rare and terrible disease that…

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WKBW-TV has hired Madison Carter, a former enterprise reporter at the Charlottesville, Va., NBC affiliate WVIR-TV. The station announced the move Wednesday morning on Twitter, as did Carter — a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In a phone interview, Carter said that she's been following Buffalo's television market fo…

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Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show "Who Is America?" hit Showtime on Sunday with a bit of a thud. Cohen–- whose "Borat" had moments of provocative and revealing genius – was accompanied on the air this time by the news Sarah Palin thought his impersonation in their encounter was more than a little degenerate for his pretending to be in a wheelchair when he "interviewed" her. …

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Sorry, Kevin. To me, you'll always be No. 2. If someone rode up on his Schwinn and asked me who, in my opinion, was the most delightful continuing presence in all of Buffalo television history, I'd probably pick O'Connell a strong No. 2. No. 1 is reserved for Van Miller, a truly irrepressible man who was even more fun to encounter out in the world than he was on the tub…

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This is my first time watching a full, two-hour episode of "The Bachelorette." Well, almost a full episode. The preview link supplied for the hometown episode (8 p.m. July 16, Channel 7) didn't include the tension-filled last several minutes when Bachelorette Becca Kufrin determines which one of the four suitors who have brought her home to meet mommy and daddy has t…

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Channel 2 weathercaster Kevin O'Connell's 25-year run at the NBC affiliate is over. WGRZ-TV General Manager Jim Toellner announced O'Connell's departure in an email to the staff in which he thanked O'Connell "for his many contributions to our station and city." His contract ends this week. Toellner added O'Connell "has been a big part of our long and consistent as…