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Some views about news concerning "Curb," "Flash" and "Big Bang"

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

One of the most frequently-asked questions I receive is whether there is ever going to be another episode of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Larry David, who stars in and writes the series, was recently asked himself by HBO programmer Michael Lombardo. The last original episode of the series, which deals with all the things that annoy and irritate David, aired in 2011.

According to one published report, Lombardo told the Television Critics Association that he recently asked David "should I emotionally get 'Curb' out of my head?' And he goes, 'No, no, no, no, no.'""

So there's your answer.

Yes, there possibly will be another season.

To be honest, I've been getting almost as annoyed as David being asked the question for the past few years.

I wasn't at the TCA press tour, but I followed some of the newsy developments from Beverly Hills, Calif. by reading reports from my colleagues.

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"Big Bang," "NCIS: Los Angeles" moving this fall

By Alan Pergament

The big news for local viewers coming out of this morning's CBS schedule announcement is "The Big Bang Theory" is moving to 8 p.m. Mondays at the start of the new season in September when the network carries Thursday Night Football.

"Big Bang," which has been airing on Thursdays in recent seasons, and "NCIS" have been by far the most popular prime time programs in Western New York for several seasons.

"Bang" will return to 8 p.m. Thursdays on Oct. 30, a week after CBS' portion of the Thursday Night schedule ends. Then "Two Broke Girls" takes over the 8 p.m. Monday slot. The brief Monday run of "Bang" should provide a boost to "Mom," which is produced by former WNYer Nick Bakay. "Mom" is airing at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the fall after "Bang."  

"Bang'" isn't the only popular series here on the move early this fall.

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"Scandal," "Blacklist" headed for TV showdown in 2015

By Alan Pergament

Olivia Pope or Raymond "Red" Reddington?

That will be your choice in February of 2015 when ABC's "Scandal" with Kerry Washington as Pope and James Spader as Reddington in NBC's "The Blacklist" are scheduled to compete head-to-head at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Two days after NBC announced that it would be moving "The Blacklist" to 9 p.m. Thursdays in February, ABC announced that it is moving "Scandal" to the same time period this fall to give a new series produced by Shonda Rhimes, "How to Get Away with Murder," the 10 p.m. slot that "Scandal" has occupied. "Murder" stars Academy Award nominee Viola Davis as a law professor in a series that features another strong female character, who from clips shown to advertisers, appears to be as confident as Olivia Pope.

There aren't many very popular TV dramas these days, so it's a shame that apparently two will be competing against each other unless one of the networks blinks.

However, the moves take into account the new reality of TV these days -- that about half of the prime time viewership of series is watched by people who watch later via On Demand, DVR or some other secondary device.

In other words, whichever show loses the head-to-head battle is bound to get a high secondary viewership anyway.

That reasoning also might be behind ABC's decision to move the still very popular Rhimes series, "Grey's Anatomy," to 8 p.m. Thursday to lead into "Scandal." It can be difficult to get big audiences for 8 p.m. series, which actually play at 7 p.m. in certain areas of the country.

ABC probably believes any "Anatomy" viewing losses will be made up on secondary viewing.

ABC isn't only moving "Scandal" next season. It also is moving this year's comedy success, "The Goldbergs," to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, where it is sandwiched between the popular "The Middle" at 8 p.m. and "Modern Family" at 9 p.m.

And this year's rookie drama success, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," is moving to 9 p.m. Tuesday, the night where ABC is premiering three of its six new fall shows.

The network is opening Tuesday night with two new comedies aimed at young adults, "Selfie," and "Manhattan Love Story." From the brief clips shown to advertisers, "Selfie," a modern-take on "My Fair Lady," looks to be the more promising one. At 10 p.m., ABC is premiering a new drama, "Forever," about a medical examiner who can't die starring Ioan Gruffudd of the "Fantastic Four." Alana DeLa Garza of "Law & Order") co-stars as a detective trying to help the medical examiner learn why he can't die.

ABC's other new fall shows are two family comedies that illustrate its commitment to diversity. "Black-ish," which stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne, airs at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after "Modern Family." As described in Bill Carter's story about new Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore carried in Tuesday's Buffalo News, "Black-ish" is "about a successful African-American dad worried about his kids losing touch with their culture." Wilmore is the showrunner until he leaves to host "The Minority Report" next year when it replaces "The Colbert Report" after "The Daily Show." The other new comedy, "Cristela," stars Cristela Alonzo as a high-energy sixth-year law student and unpaid legal intern from a Mexican-American family. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Friday after Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing."

While Allen's series survived,the freshman comedy  "Trophy Wife" was among ABC's cancellations. "Resurrection," which has become a Sunday hit, joins "S.H.I.E.L.D" as a drama from the current season getting a second season.

From the clips shown to advertisers, ABC' has several interesting series that will arrive in midseason. Among them is a series from Buffalo-born screenwriter Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely, "Marvel's Agent Carter," that is set in 1946.



Second thoughts on Trump, "Blacklist" and "Mad Men" ties to NBC schedule

By Alan Pergament

Some second thoughts on Sunday's blog after NBC's announcement of its fall schedule:

Theoretically, Donald Trump could own the Buffalo Bills before "Celebrity Apprentice" appears on the network.

NBC announced that Trump's show is returning next TV season, but it hasn't been given a summer air date and isn't on the fall schedule. That means the show, which began filming in mid-March, is likely to be a midseason replacement in 2015 after NBC's Sunday Night Football season ends. And multiple reports suggest that we could know the new owner of the Bills by then.

Speaking of football, NBC appears to be trying to take advantage of CBS' new Thursday Night Football starting this September by scheduling two new comedies, "Bad Judge," and "A to Z," from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. That's where CBS had been running comedies this season.  

NBC certainly needs a comedy hit. The only returning comedy on its fall schedule is "About a Boy," which premiered this spring. "Parks and Recreation," its only other returning comedy, isn't on the schedule until midseason and it will be history after the final 13 episodes air.

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Couric back to "Today"? Bad idea; TWC sports tier: Dumb idea

By Alan Pergament

Multiple reports out of New York City suggest that Katie Couric may be coming back to NBC's "Today" on a temporary basis when co-anchor Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave late in the summer.

These reports could become as accurate as all the rumors about the NFL draft but the idea certainly is worth contemplating.

In my mind, it is a bad idea even if Couric's return works at the TV home where she was most popular.

And success isn't certain since Couric flopped in her last two stops as a CBS Evening News anchor and a syndicated talk show host after leaving "Today" eight years ago.

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"24" passes the test of summertime; "Louie" shows times have changed

By Alan Pergament

I suppose the key question concerning the return of Jack Bauer in the Fox series "24" is: Does it pass the test of time?

But it isn't the only question concerning "24: Live Another Day" starring Kiefer Sutherland as the incredibly powerful CIA operative who saved the world for eight seasons and 192 episodes before the series was canceled four years ago.

The two other key questions as the 12-episode season kicks off at 8 tonight on WUTV with back-to-back episodes are: Can you understand what is going on if you missed the first 192 episodes? Are you better off if you haven't seen it before?

First questions first.

I was a huge fan of "24" until the final few seasons, well after the innovations of the multiple screens, the ticking clock and having each episode supposedly representing an hour in real time had worn off.

By the time of its death, the patterns of "24" had been so well-established that it was easy to see where Jack was going and how he was going to get out of impossible predicaments and somehow survive injuries and torture scenes that were as impossible to beat as they were to look at.

And that remains the problem with "Live Another Day."

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Syracuse hoops more popular than the Beatles replay

By Alan Pergament

If you were to read my Twitter feed Wednesday night, you might have thought that everybody in  Western New York is a fan of Syracuse University basketball.

That's largely because my followers include a number of SU graduates who work in the local media, including WGR's Jeremy White and Sal Capaccio, WNLO-TV's Lauren Hall and Channel 2's Melissa Holmes.

Needless to say I was curious to see what the local ratings were for SU's thrilling 58-56 victory over Pittsburgh that ended with an incredible 35-basket by Orange freshman sensation Tyler Ennis.

The basket kept undefeated SU No. 1 in the nation and made it to No.1 on ESPN's "SportsCenter" the next day.

And Buffalo was watching big time.

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Lockport policeman plans new low power TV channels

By Alan Pergament

A Lockport police officer who nearly died a decade ago in a shootout is behind a low power TV station that may debut as many as six channels as early as Feb.1.

Steven Ritchie was granted FCC approval to take over the license for WBXZ-TV, Channel 56, in August after purchasing it from a Syracuse owner of several low power stations for $25,000.

Ritchie said the station has been around for about 20 years and has carried home shopping and music channels before.

He has bigger plans. His goal is to carry five or six standard definitions channels by next month if weather permits the installation of the equipment needed to send them from a tower on top of the HSBC building in downtown Buffalo.

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Golden Globes smartly reward "The Good Wife," flee "Homeland"

By Alan Pergament

What no "Homeland"?

No "Mad Men"?

No argument here.

Those two much-honored cable series were ignored in today's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations.

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Ch.2's Beard nominated for a SAG Award for "Arrested Development"

By Alan Pergament

Channel 2 morning anchor John Beard was nominated today for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role playing himself in the Netflix return of "Arrested Development."

Beard was the third "actor" mentioned in the "A.D." cast, which was nominated in the category of "outstanding performance by an ensemble comedy."

OK, so the cast was mentioned in alphabetical order.

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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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