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A Scary Protest and a Scary Fox Series

This is what I’m thinking on a morning that many of you have off:

It was hard not to be a little confused by TV reports about how many people attended the rally by gun-rights enthusiasts on Niagara Square across from City Hall Saturday.

Channel 4’s report at a so-called Gun Appreciation Rally was the most confusing. At 11 p.m., anchor Lou Raguse said a 1,000 people where there. Reporter Anthony Congi then said they were 2,000 people there and called the rally “massive.”

Massive? Congi obviously needs some history lessons from demonstrations in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Meanwhile, Channel 2 anchor Ron Plants was more conservative and said there were “hundreds” of people there.

I suppose it was a decent-sized protest on short notice. But when you consider how many people have registered guns around here, I’d hardly call a 1,000-2,000 or so people a “massive” demonstration.

The TV interviews with those attending and the offensive signs some of them were holding might not have done their cause much good. To put it mildly, many of the ordinary pro-gun enthusiasts were scary looking.

One other thing was a little scary – their lack of understanding of the new state law. It doesn’t take away their guns, though gun advocates believe it is the start of a slippery slope that could lead to that.

Of course, the reporters covering the story couldn’t say many of those at the rally were scary looking — they properly let the video show that without judging those interviewed. But Channel 2’s Jeff Praval did note that one of the politicians involved in the rally conceded some of the signs against President Obama and Governor Cuomo were “over-the-top.”

Speaking of scary, Kevin Bacon’s new Fox series premiering at 9 tonight on WUTV, “The Following,” is to quote Rick Jeanneret – scary good.

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy

Bacon plays a former FBI guy, Ryan Hardy, “who doesn’t play well with others” and is re-enlisted to recapture a college professor and Edgar Allan Poe expert, Joe Carroll, (James Purefoy) who has turned into a serial killer and has escaped from Death Row a decade since Hardy first captured him.

The cast also includes Natalie Zea as Carroll’s ex-wife, Annie Parisse as a FBI specialist assisting Hardy and Shawn Ashmore as a FBI team member who idolizes Hardy.

The opening hour is full of exposition that explains who Ryan is and attempts to explain how Joe Carroll managed to manipulate a cult of people who become his followers (thus the title) outside of prison to add to his victim list.

I won’t give out many details because discovering the back stories of characters is part of the intrigue tonight.

Kevin Williamson, best known for “The Vampire Diaries” and “Dawson’s Creek,” is the creator of this creepy, psychological drama that has some unexpected twists that will be tough to top on a weekly basis.

Bacon’s damaged character is a bit complicated – he’s a jerk sometimes and a caring good guy at other times. Purefoy makes a good menacing villain and there are enough pretty women in jeopardy to add to the suspense. And this being Fox, there also is a pretty woman on Bacon’s side.

“The Following” might have worked better as a movie – at one point Williamson reportedly wrote it as one —  but tonight’s opener is well worth watching as long as you can stomach the horror. Many of the murders involve knives, which make me more squeamish than guns.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 4

I had to chuckle when Channel 2 sportscaster Jonah Javad told viewers Saturday at 11:29 p.m. to stay tuned to “Saturday Night Live,”  which he added has more jokes than he has.

“SNL” also has a better batting average. Jovad’s attempt to use humor in his sportscasts falls flat often because he tries too hard. Someone should tell him to scale it back a bit because many of his lines and his phrases just don’t make sense.

I should have noted in my Sunday blog that WNED-TV is repeating “Downton Abbey” episodes on Saturday nights at 11 p.m.

pergament@msn.com

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6 responses to "A Scary Protest and a Scary Fox Series"

  1. Tina says:

    Maybe I missed it but I didn’t see any other point of view or opinion about the gun rally. I was hoping to see another opinion, possibly a mother or child who has been affected by gun violence and support stricter gun control laws. The local media mainly focused on the pro-gun activists and ignored the reason/story why gun control is, in fact, very important.

    • gary b says:

      Really, at a pro-gun rally you expected to hear from the opposition ? I guess we know where you stand on the issue. Bleeding heart liberal comes to mind.

  2. Mark Scott says:

    I wrote to Channel 2 this weekend, asking them to inform Javad that St. Bonaventure is within his viewing area. SBU scores were noticeably absent in his sportscasts in recent weeks. But not including the Bonnies big win over Temple Saturday was unacceptable. Apparently, he doesn’t watch his sportscast intro, which includes the Bonnies logo.

  3. hank says:

    Yeah Alan, we know all about crowds. Tomorrow you will probably report that 4 million people attended President Barack Obama’s inaugural.

  4. Steve says:

    Alan…I hope you are watching some of the inauguration coverage today. I would love to hear your take on the one sided coverage especially by NBC. Could they possibly bash the GOP any more on a day we should be celebrating the “tradition” of what is taking place?

  5. Alan… there is a point to be made here. This was a decentralized national protest. It wasn’t just in Buffalo, there were protests across the United States, mostly in state capitals.

    So, considering several hundred showed up on fairly short notice, I’m pretty impressed… especially considering it came from a movement– the Tea Party– that many on your side of the aisle had written up as dead.

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