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Arsenio gets unusual start time on WNLO-TV

By Alan Pergament

Inquiring minds want to know:

Is the new Arsenio Hall talk show going to air in Buffalo?

It will air on WNLO-TV, more often referred to as CW 23. The website for Hall's show says it will premiere on Sept. 9 and air at 11 p.m. weekdays but WNLO's promos say it will air at 10:30 p.m. after the 10 O’Clock News, where TMZ currently runs.

You can understand why Hall's show doesn't know where it is going to run here because a 10:30 p.m. start is unusual for a talk show here. I can't immediately recall one starting at that time. However, it is smart to start after a news lead-in, which is what the 11:35 p.m shows hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel do. And they air at 10:35 p.m. in certain sections of the country. 

TMZ is moving to 7:30 p.m. weekdays after "Inside Edition” on WNLO.

University at Buffalo graduate Howard Kurtz's new media issues show at Fox News will premiere at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 with the title "MediaBuzz."

That means it will compete with Kurtz's former CNN series "Reliable Sources." Lauren Ashburn, who frequently appeared on "RS," will join Kurtz on his new show.

I haven't been a fan of CNN's weekly tryouts of guest hosts on "RS" since Kurtz left to join Fox. But I thought Eric Deggans, who I know a little bit from the Television Critics Association press tours we've  attended at the same time, was pretty impressive this past Sunday. A frequent "RS" guest, Deggans is
that rare TV critic who translates well to television. He writes for the Tampa Bay Times.

A week earlier, former Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan appeared on "Reliable" when she celebrated her first anniversary as the public editor of The New York Times.

She handled herself very well during an interview with Joanne Lipman, a former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and a Michele Bachmann lookalike. Sullivan admitted that she second guesses herself a lot and agreed she might not have handled her assessment of Nate Silver's departure to ESPN so well. However, Sullivan was so careful in answering every question put to her that she isn’t likely to become a cable news star. Her answers to yes and no questions were a "modified yes with a lot of nuance in it," "overstated," and "unfortunate." After all, cable news isn't looking for nuance. It is looking for outrageous. And that's unfortunate.

How sad it was to see Larry King host a paid program carried over the weekend on Channel 7 before the Bills game.  He can't need the money.

Speaking of the Bills, their 30-7 loss to Washington had a 14.9 rating on Channel 7 Saturday afternoon, making it the top-rated program of the week as usual even though it was a blowout loss.

How nice to see Pete Gallivan back on Channel 2's "Daybreak" last week, subbing for John Beard. If Beard ever retires, I imagine the job will be Gallivan's again.

Gallivan's departure from his state job to return to Channel 2 led to the hiring of Channel 4 assistant news director Pamm Lent. Lent is becoming the public information officer for Empire State Development, the state agency that Gallivan left. Unlike Gallivan, she will not be a spokesperson but will help define who will be. 

Inquiring minds also want to know the whereabouts of Channel 4 meteorologist Mike Cejka now that Todd Santos has taken his place on "Wake Up!" Cejka is moving back to weekends, as previously reported here.



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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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