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Don’t Expect a Happy Ending From “Rescue Me”

Image via Wikipedia A few episodes into the seventh and final season of FX’s “Rescue Me,” New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) told a television interviewer doing a story on the aftermath of 9/11 that “there are no happy endings.” That seemed to be a clue about how the series ...

Presidential and Newspaper Advice and More

Image by pete riches via Flickr This is what I’m thinking: * Someone asked me why President Obama didn’t schedule his jobs plan speech to Congress on Labor Day instead of creating a controversy by first scheduling it for Wednesday opposite a  Republican presidential debate and then moving it ...
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WBBZ Delays Morning Show, Yanks HD

Image via Wikipedia Notes before the long Labor Day holiday, which coincides with another of my 39th birthdays: * If you get up Tuesday morning, don’t expect to see the new local morning show that WBBZ-TV Owner Phil Arno had planned to premiere that day. Arno said Wednesday that all local programming ...
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NBC’s “Prime Suspect” With Bello Shows Its Age

Cover of Maria Bello If you’re a TV critic, you don’t need to have the instincts of a homicide detective to see a much-talked about new fall series like NBC’s “Prime Suspect.” The network sends out the pilots of most of its fall shows in July, giving critics and bloggers (yes, bloggers get ...

Larry Norton Found in Florida, Perry Mason Lost on WBBZ

Image via Wikipedia You have questions, I have answers. It just may take a little time to get them. I’m thankful that readers of stilltalkintv send me requests about things that I didn’t realize had happened. Take the morning show at 97 Rock. A reader astutely noticed that morning man Larry Norton ...

Warm and Fuzzy Beard, Hurricane Hysteria and Overpriced Pretzels

Image via Wikipedia When John Beard arrived at Channel 2 almost two years ago, local TV viewers weren’t instantly enthralled with someone who had been a popular anchor almost three decades earlier when he was at Channel 4. Even when Beard was a star in the Los Angeles market, he always stayed in ...

Barnaby To Return to ESPN Duties

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Matthew Barnaby won’t be spending any additional time in ESPN’s version of hockey’s sin bin or penalty box. You may recall that the former Buffalo Sabre was immediately dropped from the cable sports network’s coverage of the NHL playoffs last May after he ...

Buffalo’s Fontana About to Make More TV History

Image via Wikipedia In my former life as a Buffalo News TV critic, I became the unofficial biographer of TV history-making Buffalo State College graduate Tom Fontana. I met the Buffalo native in 1982. It was my first year as a critic and the year that he started his TV career as a story editor on “St. ...

Bills Fans Complain But Watch

Image via Wikipedia This is what I’m thinking: * The No.1 sport around here these days is bashing the Buffalo Bills after their first two sorry preseason losses. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t watching. The Bills are also the No. 1 TV attraction, getting double-digit ratings in the summer ...

You Be the Judge of Fairness of Kilgore Remarks

Image via Wikipedia This is my last Ed Kilgore blog. I promise. Until the next one. I was wrong. I’m not talking about my assessment of the Channel 2 sports anchor. I stand by everything I have written about him. My memory just failed me about how long ago it was that I wrote something that angered ...
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