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Bills game to air locally; Blackout would have been bad business

By Alan Pergament

You have questions, I have answers:

Will the Buffalo Bills game with Carolina be carried on WUTV this Sunday?

The Bills just announced it is a sell-out and it will be carried on the local Fox affiliate.

It would have been extremely shocking if it hadn't been televised after the Bills said only 1,600 tickets remained on Wednesday.

If 1,000 had remained by today's 1 p.m. deadline, the local Fox affiliate surely would have spent the $20,000-$30,000 it might cost (I'm guessing that is in the ball park) to make $100,000 in advertising during the game. Do the math. Who wouldn't spend $20,000 to make $100,000?

It was a no-brainer.

The Bills were just being smart to enlist the local media to warn of a potential blackout to help sell every ticket they could to reduce the number Channel 29, Bills Owner Ralph Wilson or someone else might have had to buy to make the game a sellout.  

What happened to the second half of CBS' "Face the Nation" last Sunday on Channel 4 when the discussion was on the Syria situation?

Channel 4 General Manager Rene LaSpina explained that it was a one-shot preemption caused by programming requirements that resulted from CBS’ carriage of so much U.S. Open Tennis coverage over the weekend.

In other words, the full hour of "Face" will be back on Channel 4 this Sunday morning.

Some readers also were wondering why they haven't been able to find syndicated episodes of “Modern Family” on WNYO-TV just yet. The episodes begin running at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.

I've also been asked wherever I go out in public if there are any good new network shows coming up this fall.

I plan to carry a fall season premiere next week, but before I do I'll tease you with what my colleagues in the Television Critics Association poll are saying.

In the first-ever poll by the national group of 220 critics, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was selected as the most promising new series of the fall. Showtime’s "Masters of Sex," which is getting some promos in movie theaters, was No. 2 and NBC's "Blacklist"with James Spader was No. 3.

Among comedies, Fox’'s "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" starring "Saturday Night Live's" Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher of "Homicide" was the top choice.

I haven't seen more than clips of "S.H.I.E.L.D" and "Masters of Sex" but did enjoy the suspenseful "Blacklist," primarily because I enjoy Spader in just about anything (except "The Office"). The pilot of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," was passable and has "Barney Miller" potential.

But it reminded me of an overlong "SNL" sketch and seemed better than it is because almost all of this year’s other comedies are so lame.

Speaking of lame, this week ESPN's Paul Finebaum called beleaguered USC Coach Lane Kiffin "the Lady Gaga of college football because he has no talent and captures our attention." The quote captured my attention. But someone should tell Finebaum that Gaga has a lot of talent. But I digress.

I'm surprised nobody has asked me about Channel 4's new uplifting promo celebrating all the positive construction developments in downtown Buffalo.  The first time I saw a construction worker talk about all the positive things going on I thought I was watching a political ad for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. If I were Republican challenger Sergio Rodriquez, I certainly wouldn't be happy about those promos.

Finally, there is the question of whether I have seen anything like this morning's New Year's-like celebration of Channel 2's "Daybreak" team of Melissa Holmes, John Beard, Andy Parker and behind-the-scenes personnel for hitting 100,000 likes on Facebook.  OK, it happened an hour or so ago and I really haven't been asked yet. But I haven't seen anything like it. Channel 2's morning team happiness and occasional over-the-top fun is a big contrast to Channel 4"s more serious, revamped "Wake Up!" with Teresa Weakley, Jordan Williams and Todd Santos.



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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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