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"I hated it." So said CNN's former CIA terrorism expert Phil Mudd. "Can't we have one day without a politician?" he asked, echoing what is perhaps the major question of the entire Trump era. You think that's harsh, you should have watched CNN and seen retired Rear Admiral John Kirby call Donald Trump's July 4 speech "a sepia toned and saccharine" version of American mil…

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This is another edition of What Is Western New York Watching: The United States women’s soccer team’s 2-1 win over England in the semifinals of the World Cup had a 6.0 rating Tuesday on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The rating peaked at an 8.3 at game’s end. To put the rating in perspective, the highest-rated prime-time program Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent,” had a…

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This is what is referred to as a rainy-day column. It means it is timeless and was saved for when needed. In this case, it also has double meaning. It's about what I watched during the countless rainy days Western New Yorkers experienced in the late spring. I used to head to the movies on rainy days. However, lately I’ve looked at what is playing in theaters that …

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After finishing work on the fourth season of Amazon Prime’s cop series “Bosch,” Western New York native Alexandria "Lexi" Fry was discussing her hopes for a future job with Jane Gulick, the prop master she has assisted on several TV and film projects. “We just wanted to do something beautiful, something that was kind of out-of-town and something with a lot of women,” Fr…

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The newest member of the WKBW-TV (Channel 7) team is a recent Syracuse University graduate with Western New York ties. Adam Unger, who graduated from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications with a bachelor’s in broadcast and digital journalism and a double minor in sports management and Jewish Studies, is filling the Channel 7 roster of sports director Joe Busca…

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A new TV miniseries with Buffalo roots is now filming in the city. “Diary of a Lunatic,” a follow-up to the Buffalo-made movie “Diary of a Lunatic … Trew’s Calling,” started principal photography on June 24. The production will shoot six 30-minute episodes here until Aug. 2 at such locations as NDstudios, Buffalo Seminary, Bidwell Apartments and Duende at Silo City. …

His name is Lew Lehrman. In 1982, he had no business coming from nowhere into 2 percentage points of winning the vote for governor of New York State. That's what he did to the amazement of almost everybody and the consternation of the Democratic Party. Until he ran for governor he was only -- if at all -- known as the executive heir apparent of Rite-Aid, the family busi…

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“The Good Fight” on CBS and “The Loudest Voice” on Showtime Sunday night make almost as many political statements and arguments Sunday as were made during the Democratic presidential debates Wednesday and Thursday. I can almost hear the shouting from conservatives if they watch either program. First, “The Good Fight.” If you haven’t hopped aboard the sequel to “Th…

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Rick Jeanneret is coming back for another year to do play by play on the Buffalo Sabres' 50th season. Jeanneret, who turns 77 in July, said he thought about whether to return for his 49th season calling games on radio or television or both for about three months before deciding to come back. He began his Sabres career doing games on radio in the team's second season. …

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If you are looking for a guide to what you should watch during the dog days of broadcast television in the summer, look no further than the Television Critics Association Awards nominations for recommendations. The TCA, of which I am one of more than 220 members in the United States and Canada, announced its nominees for the organization’s 35th Annual TCA Awards last we…

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I’ve long been highly complimentary of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter-anchor Claudine Ewing. Anyone who read my January 2017 feature calling her “arguably Buffalo’s most underrated broadcast journalist” on her 25th anniversary in broadcasting likely realizes that. I have advocated for her to get more work as an anchor before she became the primary replacement for Ron P…

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There is always a Buffalo angle. And that’s no lie. The latest example came Sunday night during HBO’s “Big Little Lies” when the character Gordon Klein played by Jeffrey Nordling was shown with a bottle of Flying Bison’s 716 IPA. (Gordon is the husband of Renata Klein, played by Laura Dern, who has bankrupted his rich family in the series.) Flying Bison Brewing Co. o…

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Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana managed to do something Sunday night that is increasingly difficult to do in Western New York: Get people to watch broadcast television in prime time on the weekend. That isn’t to say the two-hour ABC program, “Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda,” was a huge hit locally. But the 4.6 rating for a program that essentially…

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After three years at WKBW-TV (Channel 7), reporter Thuy Lan Nguyen is headed to a Florida station in a much bigger market. Nguyen is becoming a reporter at WTSP in Tampa, Fla., a station owned by WGRZ-TV’s owner, Tegna, in the No. 11 TV market in the country. Today was her last day working on Channel 7’s morning newscast. This morning, the station highlighted many of…

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So, you want to be work in local television news or be on television? Nancy Sanders, who was called the “heart and soul” of local television before leaving WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last month after working a combined 45 years at all three local news departments, is the perfect choice to tell you what it would be like. She came as a guest speaker to my media writing class …