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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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Feeling Kinship With WECK Talkers

Cover of Frank Sinatra As they used to say on the old game show — “You Asked for It.” I rarely venture into radio. But a blog reader asked for my take on the decision of the owner of WECK-AM to drop its sports and talk format after three years and play adult contemporary music. As I’ve ...
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Sadly, “Certain Age” Is Dead on TNT

Image by Getty Images via @daylife This is what I’m thinking: * Andre Braugher’s (see right) Emmy nomination for best actor in a drama wasn’t enough to save “Men of a Certain Age.” TNT canceled the series headlined by Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Braugher because of low ratings. The limited ...
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“Friday Night Lights” Gets Its Due, Ends Tonight

Image via Wikipedia It isn’t always that you get to watch an Emmy-nominated episode of a series the night after the nominations come out. But tonight’s series finale of “Friday Night Lights,” titled “Always,” is one of those rare times and rare episodes. It airs at 8 tonight on Channel ...
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Answering Some Critics

Sometimes my readers make me think, sometimes they make me laugh and wonder what they think they are reading. Some recent comments about my blog are worth addressing in a larger forum than just a comment response. 1) Why do you dislike everyone under 35? Not guilty. Some of my favorite people are under ...
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“Rescue Me” As Dependable as Jeter

Image via Wikipedia The FX series “Rescue Me” rescued me over the weekend. I was sick and felt kind of low, but had seven episodes of the final season to watch to make me laugh, think about death and how crazy life came be. The final season about the FDNY premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on cable’s ...
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Balanced Story: McClintick Leaving Ch.4

A year ago, Channel 4 anchor-reporter Lisa Flynn shocked the station by announcing she was leaving the business to spend more time with her young son Now Channel 4′s Michele McClintick is following a similar script. The demands of balancing the work schedule of the TV news business with motherhood ...
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Some Help Needed for Ch.4′s Kiddie Corps

Channel 4 isn’t doing its Kiddie Corps any favors. That thought came to mind one night during the 4th of July weekend when I watched the 11 p.m. news. Of course, hiring young reporters and anchors isn’t anything new. And with the TV business looking for ways to cut costs, it makes sense for the local ...
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HBO’s “Curb” Is LOL Funny

Image via Wikipedia LOL. I don’t do it very often. But the DVD of three episodes of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” had me laughing out loud repeatedly. The HBO series returns for its eighth season at 10 p.m. Sunday with an episode, “The Divorce,” that wasn’t available for review. A ...
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