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An "Amazing" local honor for the Bichlers

By Alan Pergament

Does anyone in the Erie County Legislature have time to watch reality TV?

I certainly wondered if they watched this season's "The Amazing Race."

WNYers Katie and Max Bichler, the newlyweds who finished second in the Emmy Award-winning series, will accept a proclamation at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Legislature.

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"Idol" finale steady here; Stanonis full-time at Ch.2

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

You may have read that viewership for the two-hour season finale of "American Idol" fell 33 percent from a year ago.

Not so on Buffalo's Fox affiliate, WUTV.

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Ch.7 makes right call on tornado coverage at 11

By Alan Pergament

The differences in news philosophies between Channel 2 and Channel 7 were on display Monday during coverage of the devastating Oklahoma tornado that grabbed the attention of the national morning shows today and the cable networks Monday night.

Channel 7, the third-rated news station, gave 11 p.m. viewers Team Coverage for more than seven minutes, more than twice as long as Channel 2 gave the story.

Of course, Channel 7 has the smallest staff in town, and team coverage fills time. But this national event, certainly deserved the extra coverage at 11 p.m.

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Baby, big "Daybreak" surprise not what was expected

By Alan Pergament

It isn't always wise to ask viewers to speculate on surprising news because the truth can be a little disappointing and the guesses have the potential to be embarrassing.

On Sunday night, Channel 2's "Daybreak" co-anchor Melissa Holmes sent out a Facebook message telling viewers that there was going to be "big news about one member of the 'Daybreak' family" on the No. 1 morning program in Western New York. Naturally, that led to speculation.

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Mel Brooks stories you won't hear tonight

By Alan Pergament

As many of you know, I continued to blog about local and national television during my three-year sabbatical from The Buffalo News.

I did it for a variety of reasons. The primary reason was because I enjoy writing about television.

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Ex Bill on ESPN tells EJ Manuel to go to the movies

By Alan Pergament

Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who has become a TV star, didn't exactly sell Western New York to Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel Friday night on ESPN's "Sports Nation."

To his credit, Manuel wasn't buying Wiley's negativity.

Co-host Charissa Thompson told Manuel on the set that the good news is the Bills need QB competition and the bad news is that Buffalo is "not a thriving metropolis." Then she asked Wiley how his four seasons in Buffalo went.

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"Office" finale rocks; Ch.2 headed to sweeps win

By Alan Pergament

If you were watching "Grey's Anatomy," "American Idol" or the New York Knicks Thursday night when the series finale of "The Office" was playing, head to On Demand or Hulu in the next few days.

Writer-producer Greg Daniels somehow found time to give all the series' 100 or so characters (OK, I exaggerate slightly) a decent send-off and even was able to get himself in a staged photo of the cast. Daniels was the tall guy standing next to Pam (Jenna Fischer) when she organized the group photo that matched an oil painting she had drawn to celebrate the occasion.

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Mario gets slammed on "PTI"; "Body of Proof" will be missed here

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

Judging by local ratings, the one cancelled network series that Western New Yorkers will miss is ABC's "Body of Proof" starring Dana Delany.

In what could be called the battle of cancelled shows at 10 p.m. Tuesday, "Proof" scored a decisive local victory over CBS' canceled "Golden Boy," 6.0-3.7.

NBC's "Grimm," which recently was moved to 10 p.m. Tuesday, finished second in the time slot with a 5.6 rating here. It is being moved to Fridays next fall when "Chicago Fire" starring Jesse Spencer  moves to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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Radford's tribute to Kahle is almost magical

By Alan Pergament

I probably watch Eyewitness News much less than I watch Channel 7's rivals, primarily because the newscast usually gives me less of a reason to watch because of its smaller staff.

However, there are times when you just need some relief from the measured earnestness and upbeat happy talk of Channel 2's anchor team of Scott Levin and Maryalice Demler even if the station does a better job of covering the news.

As one of my readers humorously put it recently, Channel 2's slogan "2 On Your Side" should be changed occasionally to "2 on Your Nerves."

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Thoughts about "24" return, Meyers' new job and the fate of "Hannibal"

By Alan Pergament

With two local general managers of TV stations retiring in the last three days, I've been a little too busy to deal with the national TV headlines. Until now.

"24" Set to Return: Fox announced Monday that Kiefer Sutherland will stay employed after the cancellation of the low-rated "Touch" because it is bringing back anti-terrorism superagent Jack Bauer for 12 episodes of "24" a year from now.

The new "24", "Live Another Day," starts in May, 2014 and will essentially be a 12-hour summer series unless Fox changes its mind and delays it until the fall of 2014.

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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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