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Ch.7 fills morning traffic spot

By Alan Pergament  

Channel 7's new look morning show has added its final piece – a beauty queen whose course work has impressed her professors at Buffalo State College.

Desiree Wiley will be a multi-media journalist and a traffic and lifestyles reporter for “Good Morning,” the simple name of the station’s new morning program that premieres in three weeks.

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Ch.4's 10 p.m. news is hot; MAD is at it again

By Alan Pergament

Channel 4's 10 O’Clock newscast was really hot on Wednesday night.

It had a 7.3 rating on WNLO-TV, almost tripling the rating that Channel 2’s 10 p.m. news received on WUTV, and out-performing most network prime time shows on that night.

Why such a high rating?

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Highs and lows of Emmy nominations

By Alan Pergament

Until 16 years ago, the cable industry gave out its own awards, the cable ACE (for Award for Cable Excellence), because its shows couldn't compete with broadcast network series.

After looking at the Emmy nominations announced today, you wonder if the broadcast networks want to break out of the current competition with pay-cable, cable and online series and have their own awards to reward such popular but ignored series as "NCIS," "Grey’s Anatomy," “CSI”  and "Once Upon a Time" that get little or no respect.

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All-Star game beaten by "Talent" here; Borsa to co-anchor

By Alan Pergament

Some notes left on the cutting room floor:

The Major League All-Star game tribute Tuesday to New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera didn't get a very big audience on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.

The game had a 4.5 local rating, which was up slightly from a 4.2 for the 2012 All-Star game. This year’s rating rose about a point late in the game about the time Rivera came into pitch.

Those numbers still reflect the diminishing televised interest in baseball, which also attracts older viewers that advertisers are less interested in.

To put the All-Star rating in perspective, NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" (9.7) and a repeat of CBS' popular "NCIS" (9.5) more than doubled the game's rating here. A repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.2) also beat baseball and a repeat of "Person of Interest" (4.0) was in the ballpark.

On Aug. 11, Channel 7 will become the only local station to have a dual news anchor team on one night of the weekend.

John Borsa, who has one of the best voices in television, will be the co-anchor of the Sunday news alongside Kendra Eaglin on that night. Lou Raguse is Channel 4's solo weekend anchor and Ron Plants is Channel 2's solo weekend anchor.

"We felt it was important to bulk up our talent on Sunday, given this is the highest viewing night of the week and in football season both WGRZ and WIVB run late due to football," noted Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse.

Channel 7's Buffalo Bills wrap-up show at 11:35 p.m. Sunday will most likely be competing with the fourth quarter of NBC's Sunday Night Football game on Channel 2 and the delayed newscast on Channel 4.

A reminder. Or is it a warning? Syfy repeats "Sharknado" at 7 tonight. And it has another shark movie coming in a little more than a month. “Ghost Shark,” a new Syfy original movie starring Mackenzie Rosman of "7th Heaven" (Ruthie Camden, who has grown up and now is 23) and Richard Moll of "Night Court" (the tall guy) premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 22. Here’s the network summary: "A great white shark is tortured and killed by a fisherman, then returns from the dead, exacting vengeance on all humans." Twitter, start your engines.

Inquiring minds want to know: Is "The Meredith Vieira Show" going to land on local NBC affiliate Channel 2 when it debuts a little more than a year from now because it is being syndicated by an arm of the network?  Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said he doesn’t get the first crack at the show and it is too early to tell where it will be carried here. NBC Universal Domestic TV, which is producing the show, announced this week that the show will air on 10 NBC owned-and-operated stations representing more than 27 percent of the households in the country. Channel 2 is owned by Gannett, not NBC.



Ch.7 news appears to be promoting itself as the anti-Ch.2 news

By Alan Pergament

You might recall that I've said more than a few times that Channel 7 doesn’t have a news image and that's been one of its problems as it has fallen deeply into third place in the local news ratings.

Because the old Andre Agassi commercial that proclaimed "image is everything" is true now more than ever.

Recently, Channel 7 began a new branding campaign -- "Good Things Happening" -- that established its image as the anti-Channel 2 News, which itself has been copied in recent promos by Channel 4.

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Bouncing around a variety of TV topics

By Alan Pergament

If you read my story in Sunday’s Buffalo News about all the cable channels I didn't realize existed, you may be saying to yourself, why doesn't Time Warner Cable carry Bounce TV, the new sub-channel carried by Channel 4?

After all, it can't be less important than some of the unusual channels it does carry.

Good question.

One might have expected that LIN TV would have made the carriage of the sub-channel part of the recent retransmission deal it made with TWC to carry Channel 4 and Channel 23 here.

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Ch.7 expands weather team; Sabres' Miller on TBS sitcom

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 7 sure picked a hot weekend to introduce its newest meteorologist.

Jessica McLaughlin became the station’s fourth meteorologist over the weekend, joining a weather staff that includes Aaron Mentkowski, Mike Randall and Autumn Lewandowski.

Until recently, the station’s weather staff had been smaller than rivals Channel 4 and Channel 7. Channel 4 had four meteorologists before Amelia Segal left for Washington, D.C. The station, which is known to be slow to fill openings, is still looking for her replacement. Channel 2 has five weather staffers -- Kevin O’Connell, Andy Parker, Maria Genero, Mary Beth Wrobel and Jennifer Stanonis.

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Thoughts on TV and social network handling of Zimmerman verdict

By Alan Pergament

My revised blog on HBO’s "The Newsroom" on Friday included a prediction on the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

I noted that Aaron Sorkin's series -- which starts its season tonight -- will eventually address the Trayvon Martin case and added:

"I used to cover criminal trials and learned long ago that it is foolish to predict what juries will do. But from the TV coverage and analysis, I have to agree with those who have said this is a textbook case of reasonable doubt. If it were a 'Law & Order' episode, Zimmerman would get off and the prosecutor played by Sam Waterston -- now of 'The Newsroom' -- would be suitably disgusted in the final shot of the show."

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Syfy's silly "Sharknado" flies on Twitter radar

By Alan Pergament

Silly me. I was watching a stupid NBC program called "Hollywood Game Night" Thursday when the hilarious TV event of the month was lighting up Twitter.

A Syfy network movie called "Sharknado" was the talk of social networks Thursday night, with celebrities even bigger than the ones on "Game Night" heading to Twitter to give their snarky, sharky comments about a  high-concept movie about thousands of flying sharks terrorizing Los Angeles after a tornado.

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Maher's situation is different than Deen's

By Alan Pergament

I’m a big fan of Bill Maher’s HBO weekly show "Real Time" and especially love it when the guests on the panel try to suppress their laughter when he delivers his often witty, politically-incorrect and foul-mouthed "New Rules" segment at the end of the hour.

But I don’t always agree with Maher, who performs at Kleinhans Music Hall on Sunday.

Case in point: In an interview with Buffalo News reporter Steve Watson last week, Maher likened the predicament of disgraced former Food Network star Paula Deen to his own situation when he left ABC’s "Politically Incorrect" after making some controversial statements about  9/11 terrorists that led to sponsors pulling out of his broadcast network show.

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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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