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Mixed Results for Ch.4′s Youth Movement

Image via Wikipedia This is what I’m thinking: * Channel 4 newcomers formerly known as the Kiddie Corps are getting mixed results on weekends from local TV viewers. You could even blame the station’s decision to showcase Nalina Shapiro, Anthony Congi, Bryan Shaw, Rachel Kingston and Amelia Segal ...
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WBBZ Shift Leads to Channel 2 Changes

Image via Wikipedia Today’s arrival of WBBZ – the station formerly known as WNGS – is causing a minor programming shakeup at Channel 2. Talk show host Bill O’ Loughlin signed a Channel 2 contract Friday that allows the NBC affiliate to carry  “The Bill O’Loughlin Show” from noon ...
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News Trends Favor Channel 2

Image via Wikipedia In the last sweeps period before Channel 4 News loses Oprah (her show is still in reruns) as its lead-in, the CBS affiliate remained No. 1 in all important weekday news time periods except 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. But the trends during the July sweeps favor second-place Channel 2, which ...
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Hacking Scandal Makes “Interest” More Interesting

Image via Wikipedia For 27 years in my past life as the Buffalo News television critic, I’d head to Hollywood in July to preview the new fall TV season. Television critics and bloggers across the nation are currently in Beverly Hills, Calif. at the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour ...
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Local Viewers Give Dueling Debt Speeches Equal Time

Image via Wikipedia This is what I’m thinking: *The local ratings for Monday’s dueling speeches by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner give some insights about the political mindset of local citizens. I apologize if there are too many numbers, but in this case the numbers paint a political ...
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WNGS Owner Hopes to Create Buzz with WBBZ

Image via Wikipedia Phil Arno, the 60-year-old North Buffalo native who owns WNGS-TV, is looking to create some buzz for the station next week. At or about 5 a.m. Monday, Arno is changing the call letters of his independent station from WNGS to WBBZ. “The call letters stand for Buffalo Buzz,” explained ...
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Sloan, Norah and World Cup Women Rock

Image via Wikipedia This is what I’m thinking: * One of the memorable moments of the ESPYs a few weeks back came when a winner of some award I can’t remember (who remembers any of the awards) referred to presenter  Emmanuelle Chriqui (see right) as Sloan, her character on HBO’s “Entourage.” Some ...
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Angels, Friends with Benefits and “Bad” Teachers

Image via Wikipedia If I have learned one thing about blogging, is that fewer people pay attention on weekends. And weekends in the summer around here start Thursday night. A blogging buddy of mine told me a year ago that he puts up a test pattern on his site during the weekends because so few people ...
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Buffalo News Stars Considering Buyout

Image via Wikipedia More than a year ago, Donn Esmonde wrote a column for a Buffalo News retirement party that lamented the departure of nine veteran editors, reporters and columnists who took a buyout or pension enhancement. His final line for the private audience was: “As a columnist, I cannot ...
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Wild About “Harry,” But Not Much Else

Image via Wikipedia It is time for a movie break. It was hotter than January Jones on Tuesday and the forecast is that is going to get hotter than Jennifer Lopez today and hotter than Rachel McAdam on Thursday. So I took a break from watching the new fall TV series to look for a movie to escape to ...
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