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WNED's Boswell wishes TWC asked for local input

By Alan Pergament

Notes from the cutting room floor:

WNED-TV president and chief executive officer Don Boswell isn't thrilled by Time Warner Cable's plans to change the channels local stations will be carried in early December.

Channel 7 will be on Channel 1200, Channel 2 will be on 1203, Channel 4 will be on 1209, Channel 29 will be on 1206, CW 23 will be on 1212 and WNED will be on 1221 after the realignment.

"My wish would have been that Time Warner would have contacted us and all the commercial stations in the marketplace to get our input and advice," wrote Boswell in an email. "We don't have any idea from Time Warner of the strategic alliances that should go into moving channels.  I'm not sure they do unless they discuss with us and receive our opinions. This would allow us to make recommendations that they may not have considered for the best interest for the communities we serve."

Channel 7 has named the studio where "AM Buffalo" is held daily "The Linda Pellegrino Studio" in honor of the long-time host who entered the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Family Saturday.

Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul, who incredibly isn't in the Hall, had a good excuse for missing the event. He got married over the weekend at what I was told was a bonfire wedding. Congratulations Don. His wife’s name is Debbie.

The "Breaking Bad" finale, "The Good Wife," "Homeland" and "Revenge" season premieres and other Sunday shows overshadowed the Sunday premiere of a neat new HBO comedy "Hello Ladies" that stars Stephen Merchant  (co-creator of Britain's version of "The Office") as an awkward single guy in Hollywood who will drop his friends in a minute to meet women who couldn’t be less interested in him. Merchant's self-involved character has the comedic rhythms of "Office" co-creator Ricky Gervais. He's just a foot taller. Sunday's premiere and this week's second episode had more laughs than any broadcast network sitcom I have seen so far this season.

Buffalo writer Tom Fontana, best known for his work on the TV series "St. Elsewhere," "Homicide" and "Oz," is being honored here on Sunday, Oct. 13 with the Federation of Italian American Society's 2013 Person of the Year Award.  The local event raises money for many worthwhile charities.

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