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Talkin “Men,” “Homeland” and Radford

This is what I’m thinking: Angus T. Jones – the Half in “Two and a Half Men” — may have overstated it slightly this week by setting off a media storm by calling the CBS series “filth.” I’d say sophomoric and crude is more like it. The 19-year-old Jones, who apparently has found religion, should [...]
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Ch.2, DirecTV Problem Easily Solved

Here we go again. I awoke this morning in time to see a crawl running during NBC’s “Today” show warning Channel 2 viewers they could lose Sunday Night Football and other network programming if they have DirecTV and a deal isn’t reached to keep the station on by midnight Friday. So I Googled Gannett – [...]
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Couric’s Show a Loser Here and Other Sweeps Takeaways

  Katie Couric isn’t getting much love from Western New York. However, the low local rating for her syndicated national talk show was predictable. In fact, stilltalkintv predicted “Katie” wouldn’t be a hit here based on one simple fact: It is on Channel 7, which is the weakest network affiliate in the market. That’s a [...]
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Ch.2 Is November News Leader

  Channel 4 has been referring to itself as “Western New York’s news leader” for years, but that generic claim is debatable after the arrival of the November news ratings. Channel 2 News now has the right to call itself it that if you’re adding up all the ratings points for the nine half-hours of local [...]
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Psssstt! Some Thanksgiving Leftovers

Some leftovers after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend: I’m wondering how many things were thrown at TV sets across Western New York when CBS analyst Rich Gannon praised Buffalo Bills Coach Chan Gailey’s play-calling during the Bills’ 20-13 loss to Indianapolis Sunday afternoon. Gannon was often as infuriating as Gailey’s play-calling because of what he [...]
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A Lazy Blog on a Lazy Day

I was going to be lazy today and not blog, but then I read the television column in The Buffalo News this morning and realized that apparently there is no shame in being lazy on the day after Thanksgiving. On the front page of the Home & Style section, the tease for Jeff Simon’s column read [...]
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A Lazy Blog on a Lazy Day

I was going to be lazy today and not blog, but then I read the television column in The Buffalo News this morning and realized that apparently there is no shame in being lazy on the day after Thanksgiving. On the front page of the Home & Style section, the tease for Jeff Simon’s column read [...]
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Kilgore’s Goodbye Tops Sweet Johnston Farewell

  I got up at 5 this morning to watch a momentous local television event – the final day of Channel 2 co-anchor Jodi Johnston on the station’s popular “Daybreak.” OK, I lied. I didn’t get up at 5 a.m. I got up at a reasonable hour and watched the two-hour love fest from my [...]
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Ch.2′s Long Report on Bills Future Is Old Story

  You know it is a slow news day when a local TV station spends seven or eight minutes on the timeless story of whether the Buffalo Bills are going to stay in Western New York beyond Owner Ralph Wilson’s lifetime. Channel 2’s Scott Brown spent that amount of time at 6 p.m. Monday in [...]
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Looking Back, Johnston Will Be Pretty Tough Act to Follow

By the time you start reading this, Channel 2 co-anchor Jodi Johnston will have finished the first day of her three-day goodbye tour on “Daybreak.” That’s right, the NBC affiliate is going to spend some time in the final three mornings of the November sweeps to say goodbye to Johnston before she leaves for a [...]
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A Top 10 Assessment of Bills Game

Here’s a Top 10 list of things to take from the WBBZ-TV and NFL Network coverage of the Buffalo Bills’ 19-14 victory over Miami Thursday night. WBBZ General Manager Bob Koshinski said the 18.3 rating that the station received was about what it expected because it was simulcasting The NFL Network feed that received a [...]
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“Lincoln” Is Must-See Film That TV Used to Make

  I was in New York City last weekend and had a choice between seeing two icons – James Bond or Abraham Lincoln. I wanted to see Bond, James Bond in his new movie “Skyfall.” My lovely companion voted for “Lincoln.” Not surprisingly, I was out-voted. We went to “Lincoln,” which opened in NYC a [...]