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Shows to Look Forward To In The New Year

Katharine McPhee of NBC's "Smash"   I’m back. I’ve always found Jan.2 to be the toughest work day of the year. That’s partly because during my days as the Buffalo News TV critic, I found mid-to-late December the best time of the year and didn’t want to go back to real work.. With ...
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Sabre Fans Should Root for Knicks

Carmelo Anthony (7) Many local Time Warner Cable subscribers may not care whether New York Knicks games are carried here on MSG, but Carmelo Anthony’s team may be the key to how long the verbal battle between TWC and the sports network that carries Buffalo Sabres games continues as a Jan. 1 contract ...
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Eager to Explain Confusing Media Stories

Sofia Vergara Sometimes I read local stories about the media and think of Sofia Vergara of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Who doesn’t think of Sofia, the Colombian actress who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the Emmy award winning comedy? Gloria’s English is so difficult to understand at times that ...
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Challenge, Boyfriend Lead Ch.2′s Bailey to Chicago

Marissa Bailey Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey is headed to Chicago in a month even though she feels Buffalo will always be her kind of town. “Buffalo is just a great city,” said the Syracuse native in a telephone interview Tuesday shortly after stilltalkintv reported she was leaving Channel ...
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Ch.2′s Bailey Heading to Chicago

Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey will be leaving the station in a month to seek employment in the Chicago market. In an email to staffers today, News Director Jeff Woodard said Bailey’s last day at the station will be Jan. 18. The station tried to keep Bailey, who has become increasingly valuable ...
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A Classic TV Move to Replace Sports Channel

Alfred Hitchcock The new classic TV station WBBZ is going to get more local competition on Jan. 1. That’s the date that Channel 2 will begin carrying Antenna TV on the digital channel that is currently carrying NBC’s Universal Sports on Time Warner Cable’s Channel 114. Universal Sports dissolves ...
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NBC Game Show Is a Dumb, Campy Joke

Halle Berry If I had Mitt Romney’s money, I’d bet $10,000 that half of the viewers to NBC’s new game show, “Who’s Still Standing?” wouldn’t last past the second commercial. It took me 15 minutes to bail out of the series, which will have a pre-Christmas run of four straight nights starting ...
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X Factor Is No Factor Here; Kane Scores on Versus

Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene and Josh Kracjik have hardly become household names in Western New York. The zany Paula Abdul They are the three finalists in Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” which has a two-night finale next Wednesday and Thursday. The 90-minute semifinals Wednesday night only earned a ...
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Classic Notes About Perry Mason, Trump and “Cheers”

Derek Jeter   This is what I’m thinking: It was slightly surprising that WBBZ, the independent station that carries classic TV shows, had an audience during the November sweeps that almost equaled that of WNYO and WNLO. After all, WNYO and WNLO have advantages. WNYO is owned by the same company ...
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Ch.4 News About to Add HD

Ryan Seacrest It looks like News 4 Buffalo is going to enter the 21stCentury in 2012. According to sources, WIVB-TV is expected to carry its newscasts in high definition in late January in time for the February news ratings. Channel 4 is presently the only local station that doesn’t carry its news ...
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