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Buffalo Supermodel Gets OWN Series

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Like Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, “I’ve got all this stuff twirling around my head” again.

Buffalo-born supermodel Beverly Johnson (see right) is about to get her own series from OWN, the little-watched Oprah Winfrey Network. According to an OWN release “Beverly’s Full House” is a docu-series that “follows what happens when three generations of Johnson’s family come together under one roof – her fabulous home in Palm Springs, Calif.” Beverly’s daughter Anansa, son-in-law David (who played in the NFL) and their newborn daughter Ava are featured in the series, which is set to debut in February.
According to the release, the relationship between Beverly and her daughter “has always been fragile” but after the arrival of the grandchild “Anansa wants to heal her strained relationship with her mother and agrees to move her family into Beverly’s home.”
Bradley Cooper may be People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, but in his younger days the “Hangover” star wasn’t sexy enough to carry two TV shows, “Jack & Bobby” and “Kitchen Confidential,” to a second season. Of course, Tom Selleck, Don Johnson and George Clooney also were in several failed series before they became stars.
Cooper was a secondary character in “J&B,” a fictional 2004 series with obvious parallels to the Kennedy brothers when they were young. He was the lead in “Kitchen Confidential,” a 2005 Fox series based on the best seller by Anthony Bourdain.
After further review, NBC hasn’t officially canceled “Prime Suspect.” Yet. It has taken “Prime”  off the midseason schedule and hasn’t decided what to do with it. That usually means curtains.

NBC sure got a lot of mileage out of Bob Costas’ revealing interview with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The newsworthy interview with the accused child abuser was the lead on Monday night’s “Rock Center,” Tuesday morning’s “Today” and Tuesday night’s “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” It makes sense since those shows have three different audiences.
As reported in today’s Buffalo News. FiOS has announced that it expects to be carrying Buffalo Sabres games in high definition by mid-December. I’ll believe it when I see it, since cable companies always seems to find a way to stall things through appeals. If it happens as scheduled,  Time Warner Cable no longer will have HD exclusivity in this market, thanks to FCC and federal court rulings. I don’t know if that will lead to a subscriber shift from TWC to FiOS, but it sure won’t hurt the Verizon alternative.
Give credit where credit is due department. Channel 2’s reporter Michael Wooten gave credit to “60 Minutes,” the news magazine on a rival network, during a story he did Wednesday about the incredible ability for people in Congress to legally use insider information to buy and sell stocks. Sunday’s eye-opening “60 Minutes” piece by Steve Kroft noted that local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has been trying to pass a bill for years ending that practice.
Last Sunday’s Parade Magazine item about what is up with Kal Penn, the former “House” star who left that program to work in President Obama’s administration, wasn’t complete. The item failed to mention that Penn now has a recurring role on the popular CBS comedy, “How I Met Your Mother.”


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2 responses to "Buffalo Supermodel Gets OWN Series"

  1. Mark Scott says:

    Speaking of Channel 2, Alan, I want to commend the station for the in-depth stories they’re presenting as part of their 5:30 newscast. On Wednesday night, Scott Brown did a heart-breaking piece with the parents of a 20-year-old son, who killed himself after years of addiction to pain-killers. Another long piece that was especially noteworthy was the recent one on Barry Lillis’ struggles with alcohol. It’s great to see a piece that runs eight to ten minutes or more in a newscast. Rather than the silly, off-beat entertainment-style stories we tend to see during the middle of the 5:30 half-hour, it’s good to see time devoted to a serious local issue.

  2. Tina says:

    Michael Wooten is pretty fabulous as a reporter. I imagine her won’t be around here for very long.

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