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Gary Cogill with anchors Brian Curtis, Kristi Nelson. NBC5 photo

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It’s the big screen on the smaller screen again for Gary Cogill.

The former longtime TEGNA8 film critic and latter day co-host of the station’s Good Morning Texas is now freelancing his movie reviews for NBC5.

He began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue this Friday with a critique of The Revenant on NBC5’s 4 p.m. newscast. That will be the usual once-a-week venue, Cogill says, although he’ll also be commenting on the Golden Globe awards on the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts this Sunday.

“It’s been a joy and delight to work with the folks at NBC5 simply because they are generous in spirit, always helpful and appreciate my take on films,” Cogill says. “I can’t say enough good things about being there. Film criticism is a lost art, and the chance to be on NBC5, doing what I love to do, makes me smile.”

Cogill is not displacing entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant, who has been with NBC5 in various capacities since the station signed on in 1948 as WBAP-TV. She’ll continue to contribute, and “it’s good to be in the land of Bobbie Wygant,” Cogill says. “One of my favorite people on the planet.”

Cogill left TEGNA8 in October 2010 after 24 years with the station. He then started up the production company Lascaux Films before leaving that behind last January. His latest venture is Cogill Consulting in partnership with his wife, Hayley Hamilton Cogill.

McCaa still mending -- Veteran TEGNA8 anchor John McCaa, who last month suffered a hairline fracture of his jaw under unique circumstances, says he’s making steady progress and “will hopefully be back at work next week.”

“Visited the doctor today,” he said in an email update sent Tuesday night. “Had the one exterior stitch on my jaw removed. Will shave Billy goat hair around it tomorrow. Numbness improving daily.”

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