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Knowledge of Spoiler a Downer for “Downton” Finale

Spoiler alert. I hate those two words, which basically give critics the right to reveal key plot details that no one would want to know while watching his or her favorite show. So if you’re a “Downton Abbey” fan, consider this a spoiler alert about a spoiler alert. I’m not going to spoil things by [...]
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Edwards’ Risky “Zero Hour” Has Slightly Better Than Zero Chance

I really wanted to like the new ABC drama “Zero Hero” that premieres at 8 tonight on Channel 7. A month ago, I heard series star Anthony Edwards tell the nation’s television critics in California that he finally found something that was “crazy” enough to get him back in TV for the first time since [...]
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Max and Katie’s “Amazing” Honeymoon

  A few months before Katie and Max Bichler were married, the future bride had a proposal of her own. It went something like this: “Let’s try and get on the show we both love.’’ After all, she has watched every minute of “The Amazing Race” since it premiered in 2001 and she got  Max hooked [...]
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Grammys Takes Huge Local Hit; Writers Lose Go-to-Bills

Since the death of Whitney Houston was one of the focuses of the 2012 Grammy Awards, viewership for this year’s Grammys was expected to drop. But not by how much it dropped on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. Sunday’s awards show averaged a 13.4 rating on Channel 4, which was slightly more than half [...]
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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 [...]