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Fox’s “Touch” Has Winning Formula

Kiefer Sutherland   You can’t accuse writer-producer Tim Kring  of “Heroes” fame of creating shows painted by the numbers. Kring hasn’t lost his touch for the complicated in his latest compelling series – Fox’s “Touch” — premiering tonight at 9 on WUTV. It stars Kiefer Sutherland, ...
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“Idol” Thrown for Another Local Loss

Tom Brady   This doesn’t appear to be the lucky season of “American Idol.” The New York Giants’ 20-17 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game pushed a special Sunday edition of “Idol” back to 11 p.m. Eastern time. That negated the promotional boost ...
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Bills Could Be Good Before Blackout Rule Change

CNN's John King This is what I’m thinking: I hope Buffalo Bills fans didn’t get their hopes up reading the front page story in Saturday’s Buffalo News with the headline of “Blackout Rules for NFL Games Studied by FCC.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for NFL blackouts to end. These kinds ...
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“Idol” Takes 25 Percent Slide Here

This is what I’m thinking: Jon Hamm The glory days of “American Idol” seem to be over in Western New York. As predicted here Wednesday, the karaoke singing competition series took a big hit locally for its two-hour premiere. The premiere had an 11.0 rating (representing 11 percent of area TVs) ...
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Ch.4′s New Anchor is Community-Minded

  Diana Fairbanks Like a good reporter, Diana Fairbanks did a little up-close and personal research before deciding to join Channel 4 to anchor its 5:30 p.m. weekday newscast and the 10 p.m. weekday newscast on sister station WNLO-TV. As she walked through the Channel 4 newsroom during one of her ...
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“X Factor” May Bite “American Idol” Here

Tyler, Lopez and Randy Jackson This is what I’m thinking: Will Western New Yorkers continue to be big “American Idol” fans? That’s a huge question when the American institution premieres tonight after local viewers largely ignored the Simon Cowell copycat singing competition “The X Factor” last fall. Quickly, ...
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New Ch.4 Anchor Already Has Local Fan

Katharine McPhee This is what I’m thinking: Before she even started on the air on Channel 4, Diana Fairbanks had a fan in Western New York. Michele McClintick Mehaffy, a former Channel 4 anchor and reporter, briefly worked with Channel 4’s newest anchor hire in Traverse City, Mich. more than a decade ...
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“Alcatraz” is Rock-Solid Entertainment

Sam Neill: Looking for Inmates   The story of Alcatraz is timeless and tonight viewers learn that some of its federal prisoners beat Father Time. Of course, time goes slowly when you’re in a maximum security prison so perhaps that’s the reason the escaped prisoners in the mysterious Fox series ...
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MSG and TWC Chats Need an Interpreter

Terry Pegula It is time for The Interpreter again. I can’t get spokespersons for MSG and TWC to chat with readers as the Buffalo News did Friday. But the spin from TWC’s Joli-Plucknette-Farmen and MSG’s Daniel Ronayne and some of the comments from questioners cried out for some interpretation ...
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“The Finder” Is Amusing; “Revenge” Has Good Twist

Geoff Stults   Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) is a former military hero with brain damage and incredible instincts who collects damaged people, finds prized guitars and military heroes and has an amusing view of those who live with him in Florida. His spirit in Fox’s “The Finder,” the ...
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