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Ch.2 Sticking with Silly Backwards News

This is what I’m thinking:

British dance judge Len Goodman.

Len Goodman

It is kind of surprising that Channel 2 is continuing its absurd ”10 at 10” feature in which it counts down backwards to the top story of the night.

The silliness of waiting so long for anchor Melissa Holmes to deliver the top story voted on by viewers via a social network was highlighted by the way Channel 2 tried to camouflage what it was doing Tuesday night.

The No. 10 story Tuesday to lead the 10 p.m. newscast carried on WNYO-TV was supposedly the Buffalo Sabres’ 5-1 win over Washington that allowed the National Hockey League team to at least temporarily move into the eighth and final  playoff berth with five games remaining in the regular season.

The No. 10 story? C’mon. That’s the kind of sports story that often would lead newscasts or be near the top of them. At 11 p.m., it was the third story carried by Channel 2, just before Channel 4 carried it. Channel 7 was the last to carry it at 11 p.m.

Channel 2 ran brief highlights or promos of the Sabres win on its 10 o’clock news at least two more times before sports, which you wouldn’t ordinarily do for the No. 10 story of the night.

There was no arguing with the No. 1 story at 10 – the death of a Western New York soldier, Sgt. William R. Wilson III, in Afghanistan. It was the lead at 11 p.m. of both Channel 4 and Channel 7 newscasts. Channel 2 led at 11 p.m. with a story about the rejection of the city of Buffalo’s teacher evaluation plan by the state. 

It is time for Channel 2 to drop the silly way of presenting news at 10. After all, what would it do if the Sabres won the Stanley Cup? Wait 10 minutes to get to the story?

The Sabres-Caps game had an 11.2 rating on MSG Tuesday, which was higher than every prime time broadcast network series locally except “NCIS,” which had a 13.4 rating at 8 p.m.

Speaking of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the voice you hear on commercials for it may sound familiar. It is former Channel 4 reporter Michele McClintick, who is now doing voiceovers.

Speaking of the Sabres, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose had them making the playoffs Tuesday after the big win over the Caps. It looks good and the team is playing very well, but nothing is guaranteed yet Barry.

Had to laugh when I saw the commercial former Buffalo Bills Thurman Thomas is doing for a raceway. That’s not exactly what most people would do if they plan to run for political office. Last week, there was media speculation that Thomas planned to run for Congress. A Republican analyst for Channel 7 even said Thomas could give Congressman Brian Higgins a run for his money. Seriously? Wouldn’t bet on it.

 Bet you didn’t know: Len Goodman, one of the judges on “Dancing with the Stars,” used to be a welder for a company that built the Titanic. And he’ll be the host of a PBS special, “The Titanic with Len Goodman,” that airs nationally on April 10.

Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” is scheduled to appear on Friday’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Maybe he’ll confirm that this season’s edition of “Mad Men” is set in 1966, not 1965 as you may have read elsewhere from a critic who said he knows what the 1960s were like better than Weiner.

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4 responses to "Ch.2 Sticking with Silly Backwards News"

  1. Rob says:

    A quick thought while wondering what happened to Chuck Lakefield…

    I don’t know who Channel 2 did a survey study with but that backward countdown is one of the worst ideas ever. Someone should tell WGRZ that there’s this thing called the internet that we can get our news a lot more quickly than some Top 10 list. Between that and the stations that only give you half a story than tease it with “more at the 6 o’clock hour” it shows the backwards thought process that these producers make. And they wonder why broadcast news is a declining commodity.

  2. Joe says:

    Channel 2 has gotten a lot of things right but the “backward ten” is not one of them. I’ve stopped watching them at 10 because of it.

  3. Judi says:

    Yeah, I loved that “critic’s” concept that the 60s he remembered was not the one depicted on Mad Men and therefore they got it wrong. The series is set in 1966 – two years before the Columbia and Harlem riots. What’s the old line? “If you can remember living in the sixties you didn’t live it.”

  4. P says:

    “Maybe he’ll confirm that this season’s edition of “Mad Men” is set in 1966, not 1965 as you may have read elsewhere from a critic who said he knows what the 1960s were like better than Weiner.”

    Oh, snap!

    Those “elsewhere” critics really are clueless, aren’t they?

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