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Buffalo man featured on 'Monsters Inside of Me'

Sometimes, it's the little things that can hurt the most. Just watch the Animal Planet series "Monsters Inside of Me" as it explores cases of tiny parasites and their attacks on humans. The show takes a local turn with the case of a Buffalo man in tonight's second season premiere.

"Ralph," a commercial banker who lives in Buffalo, experienced strange behavior and symptoms while on a trip to the Caribbean. A cyst on the back of his brain turned out to be the anisakis parasite (or pork tapeworm). To see what happened to Ralph, tune into "Monsters Inside of Me" airing at 10 tonight on the Animal Planet.

--Toni Ruberto


Hallmark honors a 'Golden Girl'

She put the sex appeal in the "Golden Girls."

Southern Belle Blanche Devereaux had a sharp tonge, a roving eye and an appreciation for the finer things in life -- including the gentlemen. As played by actress Rue McClanahan, she will never be forgotten.

The Hallmark Channel is paying tribute to McClanahan, who died last week, with a series of Blanche-centric episodes of the "Golden Girls" including "Blanche Delivers," "Mrs. George Devereaux" and "Blanche's Little Girl." Watch the best of Blanche from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. today through Friday on the Hallmark Channel.

-- Toni Ruberto


"Eclipse" exclusive at MTV awards

The MTV Movie Awards expanded its audience for the 2009 telecast with the promise of a visit from the stars of "Twilight" and exclusive footage from the second installment in the movie series, "New Moon." It worked out so well, the network is doing it again.

"Twilight's" holy trio -- Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner -- will again be on hand to present exclusive footage from the upcoming movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" which opens on June 30.  Word is it involves a scene between Edward (Pattinson) and Jacob (Lautner) in their battle over their love for Bella (Stewart). MTV is offering a short peek (basically a snippet) from the scene. At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, "Twilight" won five popcorn awards including best movie and best kiss. "New Moon" is also nominated in five categories this year.

The "Twilight" gang joins a star-studded lineup including Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Miranda Cosgrove, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Shaun White, Jonah Hill, Chris Rock and Vanessa Hudgens. Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry will both perform songs off their new discs. The awards show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV.

-- Toni Ruberto

"Moonlight" shines on the CW

Vampires never die -- but they do go into syndication.

The Alex O'Loughlin vampire series "Moonlight" has found a new home on the CW starting tonight. The addition of the romantic vampire cop drama (yes it's all of that) creates a Thursday night vampire doubleheader on the CW. At 8 p.m., watch encore presentations of the CW's hit freshman teen vampire series, "The Vampire Diaries"; followed at 9 p.m. by "Moonlight."

   The O'Loughlin show had quite a following, although not large enough to keep it going, when it premiered on CBS in 2007. O'Loughlin starred as the immortal private investigator Mick St. John who falls for the woman (the lovely Sophia Myles) he saved as a child from a vampire. The show is from Ron Koslow, one of the guys responsible for the unabashedly romantic TV series "Beauty and the Beast," and it shows here.

The show may not have lasted, but the CBS love affair with O'Loughlin has. He starred in the short-lived medical drama "Three Rivers" for the network; next up is a new-look "Hawaii Five-O" with O'Loughlin taking on the Steve McGarrett role.

-- Toni Ruberto


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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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