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That’s what I think:

NBC’s “This Is Us” has a great Buffalo Bills angle on Tuesday night’s episode.

I saw it but can’t reveal any spoilers on the episode titled “The Night Before the Wedding”. It picks up where the April 19 episode left off on the romantic life of Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley).

In last Tuesday’s episode about the marriage of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Phillip (Chris Geere), Kevin was seen talking with the wedding singer played by Katie Lowes (“Scandal”), his ex-wife Sophie (Alexandra Breckinridge of “Virgin River”) and her wedding plus one, Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison of “House”), while her sister-in-law Beth (Susan Kelichi Watson) and mother of her twins Madison (Caitlin Thompson) were trying to figure out what was going on.

An NBC publicist allowed me to reveal that the episode includes key dialogue about the Bills’ four Super Bowl losses that will surely have Western New Yorkers talking after it airs and Wednesday morning.

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It comes about 45 minutes into the episode via a conversation between Kevin and his brother Randall (Sterling K. Brown).

Lowes, who plays the wedding singer, is a second Buffalo angle. She is originally from Long Island but has family in Buffalo and spent much of her childhood here. When she starred in a CBS Christmas movie, a publicist for that network said, “She always spends Christmas in Buffalo at her grandma Pat’s house and loved carrying on the tradition with her two kids.”

She also co-stars in the new CBS comedy, “How We Roll,” playing the title character’s wife (Pete Holmes) trying to live out her dream of being a professional bowler.

WNED-TV reports that in addition to advice columnist Amy Dickinson, the other panelists on the NPR comedy quiz show episode “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Thursday night at Shea’s Performing Art Center will feature Irish comedian Maeve Higgins and comedian and narrator Alzo Slade. Dickinson and Higgins are regulars.

Buffalo News readers already know that Dickinson is a panelist. She was featured in a column on Sunday by Sean Kirst.

This will be Slade’s first live appearance with the show. He did a few remote shows during the pandemic. There is no word on the guest yet.

As if there was a need To be another reason for Western New Yorkers to watch PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” Monday night, there’s a Buffalo angle.

Lloyd Draper, a longtime Lewiston resident and retired Niagara Wheatfield teacher, reports that he will be on tonight’s episode of the most popular show in the United States broadcast by WNED-TV, the affiliate local to PBS.

In an email, he said he traveled to Hamilton, New Jersey, to ask appraisers to examine a rare World War II U.S. Navy helmet worn by his great-uncle, Captain James Earl Arnold, who was appointed naval officer in charge of the ally. Invasion of Utah Beach in Normandy, France.

“You’ll have to watch to see what I’ve discovered about our family heritage,” Draper wrote.

Last Friday’s series finale Apple TV+’s “WeCrashed” starring Jared Leto as Israeli Adam Neumann and Anne Hathaway as his wife, Rebekah, as the founders of a real estate startup was a bit of a disappointment.

Like the Hulu series “The Dropout” about how Elizabeth Holmes charmed powerful people into believing in her medical testing startup, “WeCrashed” is another example of how charismatic leaders can self-defraud. saying financial experts. In this case, a character played by Anthony Edwards (“ER”) is tricked the same way a character played by Alan Ruck (“Succession”) was tricked in “The Dropout”.

I was impressed with Leto and Hathaway’s performances as narcissists at the same time I felt the podcast based story would have worked better as a two hour movie.

Spoiler alert: I was disappointed with the ending for the Neumanns, which is spelled out by crawls at the end. They found themselves very wealthy while many of their employees were not.

I advise viewers to stick around for the credits, which shows an interview with the real Neumanns.

Over the last few weeks of the Buffalo Sabers season, there were a few instances that illustrated why team announcers should be at road games rather than calling them from Western New York.

During a game last week, play-by-play announcer Dan Dunleavy said on air that he couldn’t see if a penalty was being called against Casey Middelstadt. He thought there should have been one as play continued, but he didn’t immediately see if the referee had raised his arm to call him. Seconds later, he was called. The previous week, it took Dunleavy a while to see an opponent’s net empty as they tried to level the score.

It made sense to call the games on the road from home earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic. But not anymore.

With expectations high for the Sabers to compete for a playoff spot next season, the organization is expected to give in to the chorus of fans and media members who have taken to social media to complain that the call for games on the road to their house is embarrassing. It’s hard for Dunleavy and analyst Rob Ray to see it all from a studio and get a better feel for the game and it feels like the organization isn’t there.

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