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Ch.2′s Debuts “Bizarro World” of News at 10

His Top 10 List Makes More Sense     Channel 2 anchor Melissa Holmes led off the No. 3 item on the list of the top 10 stories on the 10 p.m. newscast Monday on WNYO-TV by saying “it sounds crazy” that members of Congress can use insider information to purchase stocks. It sounds no more crazy ...
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Milch’s “Luck” is a Beautifully-Told Horse Tale

  Editors’s note: This review was originally intended to run Sunday but a website problem prevented it from being posted. Sunday’s episode was a repeat so it wasn’t a big problem. This review deals with the entire series.      Milch, Hoffman and Mann I didn’t go to ...
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Mychajliw Replacing O’Loughlin on Ch.2

Image via Wikipedia Bill O’Loughlin is out, Stefan Mychajliw is in on Channel 2’s daily  noon debate show, which will have the more alliterative name of “2 Sides with (Kristy) Mazurek and Mychajliw.” According to sources, the NBC affiliate is expected to announce the switch Friday and ...
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TV, Paper Operate Differently on Roswell Story

Scott Pelley: Doing Well Here   The difference between TV news and the Buffalo News couldn’t have been more on display than on the coverage of this Tuesday’s report that Roswell Park Cancer Institute plans a clinical trial on a vaccine that may prevent a relapse of various cancers. The local ...
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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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