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“Harm” Demise Explains “Good Wife” Issues

This is what I’m thinking: It looks like some of my Twitter followers were surprised that NBC canceled the Thursday night series “Do No Harm” after only two episodes aired. NBC is putting reruns of “Law & Order: SVU” in its place this week. As I wrote Saturday, one of the reasons for its removal [...]
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Ch.2′s Wilson Special Meets Expectations; Tasker “Honored” by “SNL”

  If you were watching the Buffalo Sabres record their second straight win Saturday night on MSG, then you probably missed half of Channel 2’s special on Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson. If so, you get a second chance at 11:30 tonight to catch “Wilson: The Life, Impact and Living Legacy of Ralph C. Wilson [...]
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Ch.2′s Wilson Special Actually Looks Special

Channel 2’s brief sneak preview Thursday of tonight’s special on Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson looked pretty impressive. The hour-long special, “Wilson: The Life, Impact and Living Legacy of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.,” airs at 9 tonight on the NBC affiliate and is repeated at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. It is anchored by sports anchor Adam [...]
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Bad Weather Is Good News for Local Stations

  I know many viewers think extended weather reports from Channel 4’s Pope Don Paul, Channel 2’s Kevin O’Connell, Channel 7’s Aaron Mentkowski and their backups are often overblown. After all, it shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to tell us what the weather is going to be like and we don’t really need five [...]
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“American Idol” Slipping Here and Nationally

  Western New Yorkers appear to have fallen deeply out of love with “American Idol.” And their love of hockey is partially responsible. The local ratings slide of the 12-year-old series is in tune with what is happening nationally despite the addition this season of feuding judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Last Thursday’s episode [...]
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Return of NBC’s “Smash” is a Downer

  If you are a regular reader of this blog, you undoubtedly are aware that I am big fan of Broadway musicals. I defended the recent movie version of “Les Miserables” from some critical bashing. I was an early fan of the Fox musical series “Glee” (though I’ve stopped watching). And just this past weekend, [...]
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Super Bowl Rating Steady on Ch.4 Despite Blackout Delay

If Western New York is any indication, the 34-minute blackout during the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Sunday night’s Super Bowl had little impact on the game’s ratings. The game averaged a 50.3 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That is down from the 52.0 rating for last year’s game. However, there [...]
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CBS’ Play of Lewis, Harbaugh Angles to be Judged

The CBS Super Bowl conference call on Tuesday with play-by-play man Jim Nantz, analyst Phil Simms and the producer and director of the San Francisco-Baltimore game Sunday addressed the usual questions. Will there be anything different than usual in CBS presentation in New Orleans? (Yes, the graphics will look a little different). What’s the over-under [...]
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“30 Rock” Goodbye, Bills Anniversary and Happy Ad Controversy

This is what I’m thinking: During her show’s latest victory at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tiny Fey joked Sunday that it would be nice if TV viewers recorded CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” instead of her show for tonight’s series finale of “30 Rock.” I can’t see that happening in Buffalo where “Big Bang” gets [...]
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“The Americans” Is Another Cable Winner

The premise of the new intensely involving FX series “The Americans” (10 tonight, basic cable) might have looked even more unique if it hadn’t been for the success of “Homeland.” The Showtime series already has answered the question of whether Americans can embrace a series about a domestic terrorist. Many Americans love it even if [...]
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Bills Fans Don’t Make Pro Bowl a Big Deal; Sabres Still a Hit

This is what I’m thinking: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apparently is still considering ending the Pro Bowl, which has become a bigger joke than most all-star games. And that is saying something. If he does ends the game, Western New Yorkers might not be as upset as fans in other sections of the country. The [...]