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CBS analyst James Lofton often runs his mouth faster than he ran routes as a Hall of Fame receiver for the Buffalo Bills. And that’s saying something. But he said more interesting and astute things in the first few minutes of Buffalo’s shocking 41-10 victory over the New York Jets Sunday afternoon than he said during the entire Bills’ 20-13 loss to Houston he worked …

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Two of the greatest writers from Buffalo’s Hollywood Connection are in the news this week. Tom Fontana, the Buffalo native and SUNY Buffalo State College graduate whose writing and producing credits include NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” as well as HBO’s “Oz,” will be here at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of “The Downtown Jesuits Distinguished Speake…

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And the local TV winners on election night are … WIVB-TV (Channel 4), Fox News and CBS. The total rating of all the networks and affiliates that carried election coverage Tuesday night was 23.1, which is more than 5 points lower than the lowest-rated Buffalo Bills game this season. Channel 4 earned a narrow victory over WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the household ratings at…

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Western New York viewers had to wait until the 11 p.m. newscasts Tuesday night to see the most captivating local moment of Election Night 2018 – the apparent concession speech made by Democratic congressional nominee Nathan McMurray in his race with incumbent Chris Collins. It was said often during McMurray’s campaign that he did things differently. And that was neve…

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Andrew Catalon will be on play-by-play and former Buffalo Bills star James Lofton will be the analyst at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Buffalo Bills visit the New York Jets in a CBS game carried by WIVB-TV (Channel 4). Bills-Jets games sometimes get one of CBS' top three announce teams because the games enter the New York City market. But with the Bills 2-7 and the Jets 3-6…

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On George Richert’s first day back as a reporter at WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the big local story was the news conference held by Bishop Richard J. Malone and his lawyers about the sexual abuse allegations involving priests in the Buffalo Diocese. Naturally, Richert couldn’t be a part of Channel 4's reporting team covering it because only two months earlier he was the direct…

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The Buffalo Bills’ 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears was the lowest-rated Bills game this season and one of the lowest rated in several years. Sunday’s rout on a beautiful Sunday afternoon had a 28.1 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It is hard to say what contributed more to the low rating – the weather or the Bills' dreary performance. Before Sunday, the low…

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My game plan for the Buffalo Bills’ 41-9 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears was a bit unusual. On a five-hour drive back home from a Philadelphia suburb, the original plan was to listen to and assess the WGR radio team of play-by-play man John Murphy and analyst Mark Kelso for the first half and watch and assess the Fox team of play-by-play man Chris Myers and analyst Dar…

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George Richert, who resigned as the Buffalo Diocese spokesman about two months ago, is returning to WIVB-TV (Channel 4) as a reporter. Richert left Channel 4 in February of 2016 to become director of communications for the diocese. He left the diocese in early September as calls were intensifying for Bishop Richard J. Malone to step down amid a scandal over his handl…

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Some of Buffalo's best bang-for-your-buck restaurants are getting national television exposure. Lloyd Taco, Doc Sullivan's, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery and Campfire Grill will appear on national TV, this time on the Cooking Channel's "#CheapEats." At 10 p.m. Nov. 7, episode 12 of season five features host Ali Khan exploring Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location, tast…

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This is what I’m thinking: Nothing says it is a sweeps month more than a station giveaway. The decision by WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to give away tickets to the production of the mega-musical hit “Hamilton” coming to Shea’s Performing Arts Center later this month has raised some eyebrows. After all, the Broadway series is sponsored by WKBW-TV (Channel 7), a Channel 2 ri…

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Daryl Johnston, the Lewiston-Porter graduate who went on to fame at Syracuse University and with the Dallas Cowboys, will be the Fox analyst on Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. Chris Myers is on play-by-play and Laura Okmin is the sideline reporter for the game carried on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, at 1 p.m. Sunday. Johnston was inducted…

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It is time for another edition of What Western New York is Watching: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with whistleblower Siobhan O’Connor led the news magazine to a big rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The program dealing with the sexual abuse allegations involving priests in the Buffalo Diocese averaged a 14.6 live rating and assuredly will get…

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As expected, the Buffalo Bills’ first home game on Monday Night Football in a decade led to a season-high rating. The game had a combined household local rating of 41.7 on WKBW-TV (31.2) and ESPN (10.5). That is higher than the combined 38.4 household rating for the last MNF home game against Cleveland in 2008. However, Monday’s rating was lower than the combined 42.…

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I am not sure if Frank, Howard and Dandy Don could have made the Buffalo Bills’ 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots exciting for viewers outside of Western New York. But the new "Monday Night Football" trio of play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland proved – as the late coach Dennis Green used to say – they are what we thought the…