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Love, hate, obsession, scandal and obscenity

By Alan Pergament

Didn't that headline grab you?

First things first.

The episode of "48 Hours" about the murder of an University at Buffalo Law School graduate was a national ratings hit Saturday.

CBS reports that the episode, titled "Love, Hate & Obsession," was the No. 1 program at 10 p.m. Saturday with adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and viewers.

They watched a program that focused on the murder of Lanny Horwitz, the UB Law graduate who was shot nine times in the bathroom of his Jupiter, Fla. home. His ex-wife, Donna, was convicted in the case.

Of course, Saturday night is not a big night for network television so "48 Hours" won the time slot with only a 3.3 national rating equivalent to 5 million viewers.

Locally, the program was No. 1 in the four-network competition with a 4.0 rating on Channel 4. However, Channel 4's 10 O'Clock News beat it with a 6.0 rating on WNLO-TV.

Do you remember former Channel 7 reporter Justin Kraemer?

Didn't think so.

He had a cup of coffee at WKBW-TV before his contract wasn't renewed in 2003.

Kraemer will be be hard to forgot now after he was fired from his job as a reporter and fill-in anchor at a Wichita, Kan. station, KSN-TV, for using an obscenity (it starts with the sixth letter of the alphabet) at the end of a newscast last Saturday when he thought the microphone was dead.

The embarrassing Ron Burgundy-like moment is a You Tube sensation and also got some attention from Jimmy Kimmel on ABC his late-night program.

Kraemer told a Kansas newspaper this week that he understood why he was fired and suggested that he has another job lined up. He didn't tell the newspaper whether it was in broadcasting.

The firing sounds a little severe but it is par for the course in broadcasting, Eight months ago, an anchor in Bismarck, N.D. was fired after using obscenities on the air on his first day on the job at the start of a newscast when he didn't realize his microphone was live.

Kraemer also had the misfortune of making his mistake a few days before the premiere of "Anchorman 2," which added to the attention he has received.

Finally, inquiring minds who are big fans of ABC's "Scandal" want to know why they will have to wait until Feb. 27 to see another episode of the Kerry Washington series. An ABC insider told me that the network had to cut back the number of episodes from 22 to 18 this season, apparently because of Washington's real-life pregnancy. She is married to NFL free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.

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