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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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Peck is back on local TV as host of Ch.2's UB bowl game special

By Alan Pergament 

Paul Peck is returning to local television.

No, Channel 4 hasn't tried to get back its sports department credibility by bringing back the former sports backup who has become more appreciated in the almost two years since he left local television.

Peck is going to be seen on Channel 4's chief rival, Channel 2. He will be the host of the UB Football Bowl Preview Show on Channel 2 that will air at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the NBC affiliate's new athletic partnership with the University at Buffalo.

It probably was UB's call since Peck also is the play-by-play voice of the football Bulls on 1270 AM.

He left Channel 4 in March of 2012 after 24 years at the CBS affiliate to take a job in the financial services industry and since then has occasionally been seen on sports-related programming on WBBZ.

Peck also is expected to be the host of the second UB football program on Channel 2 that will air after it plays San Diego State Dec. 21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The host of the "Bobby Hurley Show" that debuts in January on Channel 2 hasn't been announced. Peck doesn't do UB's basketball play-by-play and Channel 2 might want to use its own sports personnel on that program.

Showtime has announced that it is ending the run of David Duchovny as hedonistic, self-destructive novelist Hank Moody in "Californication" (some would call it soft porn) after 12 episodes of season seven that begin airing in April of 2014. I lost interest in Hank's behavior in about season five but I plan to catch up and be back to see how he ends up.

Speaking of adult entertainment, a reader advised me that Time Warner Cable's new channel lineup carries graphic titles in the program guide for the channels in the Adult tier that start with channel 1800. He wanted some advice on how to shield his pre-teen daughter from reading them. I'd call TWC to see if it is possible to change the settings so those titles -- which have double-entendres that may be laughable to some adults -- don't appear.

ESPN is switching pitchers on Sunday Night Baseball. The very opinionated Curt Schilling is replacing Orel Hershiser as an analyst alongside the underrated Canadian play-by-play man Dan Shulman and analyst John Kruk. Hershiser reportedly is going to work for his old team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, as a broadcaster. The Dodgers’ new regional sports network also recently added former ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra.

I loved Monday night's "30 for 30" installment on ESPN that told the incredible story of the 1983 national basketball championship North Carolina State team coached by the late Jim Valvano. It made me laugh, it made me think and it made me cry, which are the three things that Coach V said we should all do every day during his memorable ESPY speech more than 20 years ago when he was battling cancer.  

Speaking of "30 for 30," ESPN announced Tuesday that the documentary "The Price of Gold" about the attack on Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan plotted by skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, with his friends, will debut at 9 p.m. Jan.16. It is directed by Buffalo native Nanette Burstein.

YNN's name is changing; Buffalo makes waves on Nightly News

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

Stay tuned for Time Warner Cable News.

The tentative revised lineup of Time Warner Cable here in December includes the name change from YNN, which the 24-hour cable news channel has been know as in Western New York since its inception.

The name change reportedly is part of TWC's national rebranding campaign. 

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Roswell Park program tops critically-acclaimed Poehler comedy here

By Alan Pergament

A couple of strange things happened Thursday night in local TV.

First, Channel 2 preempted a critical darling, Amy Poehler's "Parks and Recreation," to carry a paid programming for Roswell Park at 8 p.m. That doesn't happen often since there are network limits on the number of prime time preemptions that affiliates are allowed to do.

I wasn't terribly surprised since "P and R" has never had much of a following on the local NBC affiliate and I've never shared the love my colleagues in the critical fraternity have for this show. 

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Williams' series has "Crazy" DVR ratings; WNED extends "Denial"

By Alan Pergament

 This is what I’m thinking:

The big local winner in DVR and On Demand viewing in Western New York for the first two weeks of the TV season that ended Oct. 6 is Robin Williams. 

His new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,"” experienced a 5.3 ratings point gain for the first two episodes, which was one-third of its overall 15.4 average rating.

"Crazy" is the No. 3 rated series in WNY, behind only "Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS."

Other new series getting big DVR and On Demand boosts include NBC’s "The Blacklist," which is No. 4 among all series here, and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," which is in the Top 15.

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TV viewers agree: Sabres unwatchable

By Alan Pergament

A close friend of mine who is a huge hockey fan attended the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 loss to Columbus last week and afterwards declared it "unwatchable."

TV viewers are increasingly coming to the same conclusion.

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Lottery is a TV loser after Ch. 2 drops live drawing


By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

It has been a tough month for the lottery.

The first new TV show of the season to be canceled was ABC's "Lucky 7" about lottery winners. It lasted two episodes.

Western New Yorkers were more concerned about Channel 2's cancellation of the lottery drawings on Oct. 1.

Inquiring minds want to know what happened.

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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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