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Another local weather report; "Bad" honored as great by critics

By Alan Pergament

Weather is on my mind these days.

And not just because it feels like fall.

Wednesday, I told you about Channel 7's plans to reduce meteorologist Mike Randall's presence on the noon newscasts next month.

Inquiring minds also want to know: What is going to happen to Channel 4 meteorologists Mike Cejka and Bryan Shaw once newcomer Todd Santos comes aboard on Aug. 26 to do "Wake Up!"?

General Manager Rene LaSpina said Cejka and Shaw both will be working weekends.

Cejka, who has been back on the morning show since Amelia Segal left for Washington, D.C. in March, will do the evening forecasts on Saturday and Sunday. Shaw will do the mornings on Saturday and Sunday.

During the week, they also will do occasional stories and be active behind-the-scenes on weather-related work.

As I've written before, Santos, who arrives from The Weather Channel, appears poised to replace Don Paul as the station’s chief meteorologist if and when Paul retires. Or is named "senior meteorologist." 

I'm happy to hear that reruns of television's best currently-running comedy, "Modern Family," will be carried by WNYO this September when the ABC series goes into syndication. It will air at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weeknights. WNYO also will be carrying reruns of the underappreciated comedy "The Middle" at 6 p.m. before "Modern Family."

"Modern Family" has been one of the ABC series that hasn't been available Time Warner Cable's On Demand offerings, which has been a little exasperating.

 "Family Guy" fans shouldn't worry. It is moving from 7:30 weeknights to late night on WNYO.

Speaking of TWC and exasperating, some subscribers who only get basic cable are missing the public education and government access channels.

If you have a newer digital TV, all you have to do to receive the public access channels is  re-scan the channel lineup.

Subscribers with older televisions can pick up the channels with an adapter from TWC, which is currently free. There is no adapter fee until Jan.1, 2015, when the price goes up to 99 cents monthly. That smacks of greed. You would think the big cable company would forego charging a monthly fee to basic cable subscribers who generally have low incomes.

A spokesperson for TWC said the channels were moved from analog to digital "to more efficiently manage bandwidth and channel capacity." 

You can call TWC or go to its website for further details.

My colleagues in the Television Critics Association gave out their annual awards last weekend during the annual summer meetings in Los Angeles. I won't give the entire list, but here is a sample. AMC's "Breaking Bad" was named Program of the Year for its 2012 season, HBO's "Game of Thrones" was honored for outstanding achievement in drama, CBS' “The Big Bang Theory" and NBC's "Parks and Recreation" were honored for outstanding achievement in comedy and FX's "The Americans" was named outstanding new program.

If you are confused by how "Breaking Bad" can be named program of the year and not be honored as outstanding drama you are not alone. But that's how critics roll.

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