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HGTV show - possibly 'Rehab Addict' - coming to Buffalo next month

By Alan Pergament

A popular cable television series is expected to be filming on Buffalo's West Side for at least three months starting in mid-April.

According to a source connected to the filming, the series airs on the HGTV channel and local housing activist Bernice Radle is involved.

If Radle's name sounds familiar, she joined Lance Diamond and Thurman Thomas eating chicken wings on Mo Rocca's piece on CBS' Sunday morning.

The name of the show being filmed here isn't known but a source says it fits the description of "Rehab Addict," one of HGTV's most popular programs in its fourth season.

it stars Nicole Curtis, a Detroit native who reportedly has been rehabbing homes for years before she starred in the series.

Here's part of the show description: "Nicole takes ramshackle homes from the wrecking ball to their original stunning glory. Whether it's managing her rugged crew or wrangling city officials, this single mom wields her hammer with skill and returns condemned properties to their place as the pride of the neighborhood."

The Buffalo home that will be featured on the HGTV program - whatever it is - is on 19th Street.

Tim Clark, film commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, was not able to confirm any series was coming here. That is his standard practice.

"The film office is working on numerous projects but we are not able to specifically identify shows or projects that are working in the region," Clark said.

'Dateline' to feature Taglianetti murder trial tonight

One of the most shocking homicides to occur in Western New York in recent years is about to get some national attention.

The NBC News program "Dateline" this evening will feature a report on the murder of former Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr., killed in his home in 2012.

Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti II was convicted of second-degree murder last year. Prosecutors said Taglianetti was sent into a jealous rage after discovering one of several email exchanges between Reed and his ex-wife. The former Marine drove 350 miles from his Woodbridge, Va., home and shot Reed once in the chest and twice in the back, authorities said.

Reed’s body was found in a hedgerow near his rural Clymer home, three days after he was last seen by friends and family.

Taglianetti, who did not testify at trial, received the maximum sentence.

From the NBC news release: "As his family struggled to make sense of the horror, investigators looked for answers. Dennis Murphy reports on a story about a small-town murder brewed in cyber-space."

Here’s a link to a video preview of the "Dateline" story.

Dateline airs at 8 p.m. on WGRZ Channel 2.

- Bruce Andriatch

Jolls' puppets searching for Museum; "Walking Dead" revived on WNYO

By Alan Pergament

Cleaning out my notebook before I take a week off.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have spent more time in my Sunday piece on Channel 7 weatherman Tom Jolls talking about his second career launched in 1965 hosting a children's program as Commander Tom.

I've come to that conclusion because since the story ran there have been as many comments about his work as the Commander as there were for his sunny (and not so sunny) forecasts.

I wrote much more about the Commander Tom phase of his life when he retired 15 years ago.

Here are some excerpts from that article:

"After showing some classic television shows, he did segments with puppets between commercials. Jolls wrote the sketches on a program that lasted until 1991... Jolls created a variety of characters: Dustmop, named after a dog he knew growing up; Mattie, an alligator-giraffe combination; Sorcella, a bad witch; Cecily, the witch's good twin sister, and Furryburry, which consisted of a furry head and eyes that juggled atop a pencil body. Furryburry was around to annoy the Commander.”

 "His fame as the Commander is international, as evidenced by a signed photograph in his TV room from hockey great Wayne Gretzky to the Commander. Young Wayne grew up near Toronto watching the program, along with most of Western New York.

"Jolls and his wife made the puppets from scratch and he created all the voices. He believes his experience as an only child helped him develop those characters, as he often had to use his imagination growing up."

Sweet 16 comments about NCAA tourney and announcers

By Alan Pergament

One of the additional reasons I like the invention of On Demand viewing so much is that it enables me to watch so much college basketball.

If a game is on, I always figure I can catch up with "Blacklist" or "Scandal" later On Demand.

That's especially true if Syracuse is playing and driving me crazy. Not that I overrated the Orange this season. Even when Syracuse was 25-0, I told friends and family that "they are not very good."

But I added: "No one else is, either."

Robinson survives under pressure; North Park plays pay-TV movie

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

I bailed out of watching "Survivor" several seasons ago, but I thought I'd give the CBS reality series a try for 10 minutes last Wednesday because Buffalo basketball legend Cliff Robinson is part of the cast.

I caught the final 10 minutes when Robinson’s basketball skills were put to the test. The former NBA star had to throw little balls into a basket in the water from a reasonable distance to help his team win a challenge that gave them immunity from being ousted.

I can't imagine the pressure that must have been on the former Riverside and University of Connecticut star. If he had lost that competition, he probably would have never heard the end of it from his "Survivor" team or from friends back home.

Robinson missed a couple of shots, but eventually found his stroke to help his team move on to the Big Dance. OK, not exactly. But the team moved on to tonight. I just may watch the final 10 minutes again.

If you are a regular reader, you know I am not a big fan of Channel 4's expansion of the 10 p.m. news to an hour on sister station WNLO-TV.

There just isn't an hour of news here to support the idea.

However, the extra 30 minutes gives Channel 4 more time to sell ads.

Here's further evidence that the move isn't thrilling Western New York.

Last week, reruns of "Two and a Half Men" on WUTV had a higher rating at 10:30 p.m. than Channel 4's  newscast.

It was close -- 3.2.-3.0. But that's still a sad story for Channel 4.

I am thrilled that the North Park Theater has been renovated and actually thought about attending the  movie playing there -- "Better Living Through Chemistry" -- last weekend.

But while searching for an On Demand movie Saturday night, I noticed the film was available if I just stayed home.

In other words, I could pay a fraction of the price I would pay at the North Park to see a movie I could watch in my living room.

I'll eventually go to the North Park to support the theater and its owners but they better schedule a movie I can't watch at home.

The "30 for 30" special, "Requiem for the Big East," that aired Sunday night reminded me why Charles Pierce is such a great sportswriter. He came up with most of the good lines in the special, noting that “capitalism” killed the Big East. Almost every word and metaphor out of his mouth was a gem.

CBS’ renewal of the comedy "Mom" for next season was good news for Buffalo native Nick Bakay, who is the executive producer of the latest show from Chuck Lorre of "Big Bang Theory" fame.  Lorre's success with “Big Bang” and "Two and a Half Men" has given him the power to save his other less popular series, including "Mom." It looks like "Big Bang" may have to move back to Mondays next fall when CBS begins carrying Thursday Night Football games. However, perhaps CBS will convince the National Football League that "Bang" will give those Thursday games a great lead-in if they start playing games at 8:30 p.m. One key for "Mom" next year may be whether it can stay on Monday.

Yankee games moving from WBBZ to WNYO

By Alan Pergament

The New York Yankees are on the move on local television.

The package of 21 non-cable games that had been carried on WBBZ-TV for the past two seasons is moving to Sinclair's WNYO-TV this season.

Nick Magnini, the general manager of WNYO and sister station WUTV, confirmed the deal this afternoon. He said that Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns the local stations, will be carrying the Yankee package in all of its upstate markets -- Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

Magnini said all the exclusive broadcast station telecasts of games that aren't carried on the YES Network cable package will be in prime time and air on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

WBBZ bragging about new local game show set for June

By Alan Pergament

WBBZ-TV owner Phil Arno will soon have the bragging rights to producing the area's first new local game show in recent memory.

Starting at 6:30 p.m.on Monday June 9, the independent station will premiere a daily weeknight game show, "Bragging Rights!," hosted by John DiSciullo, who also is the station's production and promotion manager.

It was Arno's idea to do the show and he named the program.

According to the station, "Bragging Rights!" is an interactive, trivia quiz show that fits the format of WBBZ, which relies heavily on classic TV programs carried via the MeTV network.

DiSciullo said taping of the show will begin in mid-May. The plan is to have teams of three players who might have similar jobs compete against each other for prizes supplied by sponsors.

Ch.2 making strong move at 10 p.m; Talley is Buffalo booster

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

It is time to revisit and update some earlier blogs.

I told you earlier this month that the move of Channel 2's 10 p.m. news from Sinclair Broadcasting's WNYO-TV to its more powerful Fox affiliate WUTV appeared to be paying off in its battle with Channel 4's 10 O'Clock News on sister station WNLO-TV.

Channel 4 used to triple the ratings of Channel 2 at 10 p.m. when WGRZ's newscasts were on WNYO.

During the February sweeps, Channel 4 won by a still sizable but closer margin, 4.6-3.2.

From the looks of last week's ratings, the 10 p.m. race is getting even closer.

From Monday through Friday, Channel 4 averaged a 5.8 rating at 10 p.m. on WNLO-TV.

Channel 2 averaged a 5.0 rating at 10 p.m. on WUTV.

Those figures are higher than normal because of the March storm.

On the night of the big storm Wednesday, Channel 4 won by less than a point, 7.2-6.6.

On the next night, Channel 2 actually defeated Channel 4, 5.7-5.4.

Channel 4 recovered to win Friday decisively, 5.5-3.7.

But you still have to ask what is happening?

I have some theories.

NBC's hostage drama "Crisis" is a winner, relatively speaking

By Alan Pergament

I probably should recuse myself and not review the new NBC drama "Crisis" that premieres at 10 tonight on Channel 2.

You see one of the stars is a relative of mine.

He's playing a brainiac in a high school class loaded with the children of very important politicans, intelligence gatherers and business powers in Washington, D.C.

He knows that he doesn't fit in because he is so smart and he is a bit overweight.

OK, I'm being a bit kind there. Some dialogue in the script says he is "a fat kid."

I thought that was kind of mean even before I learned the actor is a relative.

"30 for 30" on rise and fall of Big East is instant classic

By Alan Pergament

"What if I told you" that I forgot that Creighton and Xavier are in the Big East now until I saw "Today" host Matt Lauer having fun with their fans Thursday as the conference tournament was about to get underway in Madison Square Garden?

"What if I told you" I didn't realize that the Big East Tournament was now being televised by Fox Sports 1 instead of ESPN until I ran into analyst Bill Rafterry calling a game by accident Thursday night during breaks in the University at Buffalo upset loss in the Mid-American Conference tournament?

"What if I told you" that I had a special interest in watching Sunday's "30 for 30" program, "Requiem for the Big East" because I was covering college basketball when the conference was being started?

If you're a regular viewer of the tremendous "30 for 30" series, you undoubtedly know that I'm playing with the "what if I told you" promos for each episode.

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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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