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Forget "Camp," head to "The Bridge" tonight

By Alan Pergament

Why would a so-called family-friendly series like NBC's "Camp" be carried at 10  tonight instead of earlier in the evening?

Perhaps one reason besides giving it an opportunity to air after the highly-rated "America's Got Talent" is because it isn't really all that family-friendly.

The PG-13 pilot that airs tonight on Channel 2 is loaded with sexual situations and coarse language that starts within the first few minutes and is as contagious as poison ivy throughout the hour.

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Ch.2's Parker returns to classic "Daybreak" laughs

By Alan Pergament

I was so excited about Channel 2 meteorologist Andy Parker's return to "Daybreak" that I got up at 5 a.m. Monday to watch the morning news program.

OK, I lied. I DVRed it.

I planned to write about it Monday but then I got a little distracted by the news that Channel 2 had saved Pete Gallivan from a life in public relations and re-hired him to cover sports and news starting next week. I'm guessing Channel 2 may give Gallivan the same star treatment next Monday that it gave Parker upon his return.  

I learned from all of the emails that I received during Parker's six-week paternity leave that he is a very popular guy even if he has to give viewers some unpopular weather news.

And DRVing the two-hour program allowed me to see some classic happy talk moments and hear some classic bumper music that included the theme to "Welcome Back Kotter" and the Supremes tune "Baby Love."

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Gallivan returning to Channel 2 to cover news, sports

By Alan Pergament

Pete Gallivan, who left Channel 2 in March to take a public relations job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, is returning to the NBC affiliate next week in a role specifically designed for his talents.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said that Gallivan will work as a reporter and fill-in anchor as well as being a big part of the Channel 2 sports team.

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A Second Look at "The Newsroom"

By Alan Pergament

The breaking news Monday of Pete Gallivan returning to Channel 2 after four months in public relations bumped my review of the first four episodes of HBO’s "The Newsroom" off the top of the blog on that day.

So I think it is time to refresh the top a little with some new information with the help of Jeff Daniels, who plays the lead anchor, Will McAvoy, of the fictional news network in the Sunday series.

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A smorgasbord of TV items before the holiday

By Alan Pergament

Leftovers before the holiday:

South Buffalo native Patrick Hall has informed me that he has been told by a show producer that he will be one of the featured performers profiled in the next episode of "American Ninja Warrior."

The show featuring an impossible obstacle course airs first on cable’s g4 this Sunday and runs on NBC the following night.

Hall is a Buffalo fitness expert who was inspired by his 7-year-old daughter and his clients to try out for the show. But regular blog readers probably remember that. His audition tape has had more than 13,000 hits on You Tube.

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Ch.4's Drantch out-smarted by school board president

By Alan Pergament

As I wrote Monday, Channel 4 has "borrowed" Channel 2’s news slogan in promos and now says it is "holding the powerful accountable."

Sometimes, the reporters at both stations seem more interested in acting tough or asking tough questions than they are in getting any answers.

Take Monday night, when Channel 4 reporter Ed Drantch was out-smarted by the new president of the Buffalo Board of Education, Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, in an exchange the station played up in the 6 p.m. newscast.

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Speaking of promos, King, Kurtz, hockey and more

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 4 has been recently running a promo that tells viewers that it is "holding the powerful accountable."

That follows years of Channel 2 running promos that tell viewers it is "holding people in power accountable."

So I suggest Channel 7 also tweak Channel 2’s slogan by running promos that say it is "holding powerful people accountable."

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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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