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Palin Rejected By WNY Viewers

  The big matchup of the week in morning TV supposedly was former CBS News anchor Katie Couric versus former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Katie Couric: Not a Game Changer for "GMA" Here And the ratings winner in Western New York was? Well, neither was much of a ...
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“Scandal” Brought Down by Telegraphed Writing

  Katie Lowes may not be a household name in her native Western New York but a good “Scandal” could have made her one. Katie Lowes: WNYer stars Unfortunately, the latest ABC series (10 tonight, Channel 7) from Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Practice”) is a preposterous series loaded ...
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WBBZ Plans National Buffalo Night

Dustin Hoffman  As probably any Western New Yorker knows who is out of town on a Buffalo Bills Sunday or who has a relative who has left the area, there are a lot of so-called Buffalo sports bars across the country. When I am in New York City on fall weekends, I occasionally head to MacFadden’s  ...
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Ch.4′s Peck Has No Second Thoughts

Paul Peck: Was Aware Murphy Might Leave Inquiring minds want to know: Would Channel 4 sports reporter-anchor Paul Peck have stayed at the station to become sports director if it became known that John Murphy was also leaving the station? Would he reconsider now that Murphy is leaving? During a telephone ...
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Talking to New Readers About Murphy and Other Scoops

  Many of my regular readers were amused by a line I put in italics after breaking the story Friday that Channel 4 sports director John Murphy is leaving the station June 1 to work for the Buffalo Bills and host a nightly show on WGR focusing on the team. Melissa Holmes: Move to Channel 2 broken ...
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Sources: Murphy to Bills June 1 and Will Do Radio Show

  It looks like Channel 4 sports director John Murphy will be leaving the station to join the Buffalo Bills in some capacity after the May sweeps are over, sources have told stilltalkintv. Staying Through May Sweeps Murphy isn’t talking and for a good reason. Stilltalkintv reported last week that ...
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Channel 4′s Peck “Drafted” for Playoffs

David Boreanaz: Eight Should Be Enough This is what I’m thinking: Channel 4 sports anchor-reporter Paul Peck is sticking around another month before pursuing his new career in financial services. In a text response to a question that asked when his final day was at the station, Peck said he was asked ...
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A Maddening “Half-Correction” and Other “Mad” Thoughts

  One of my favorite stories from my days as a newspaper critic came out of a press conference before the premiere of the long-running NBC series “L.A. Law.” Mad Men My memory is that TV critics expressed their support for the pilot during the session, but one critic had an issue with the casting. ...
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Ch.2 Sticking with Silly Backwards News

This is what I’m thinking: Len Goodman It is kind of surprising that Channel 2 is continuing its absurd ”10 at 10” feature in which it counts down backwards to the top story of the night. The silliness of waiting so long for anchor Melissa Holmes to deliver the top story voted on by viewers via ...
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“Katie’s” Arrival Leads to Local Daytime Changes

  Katie Couric Katie Couric’s move into the syndicated talk show world next fall has set in motion a series of changes that may find it briefly difficult for local viewers to initially find their favorite daytime shows. Channel 7 has grabbed the rights to the new show, “Katie,” that Couric ...
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