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Terrell Owens Apologizes Tonight

I apologize, too, for writing another blog on Terrell Owens. But the Buffalo Bills receiver seems to be everywhere on television these days.

At 10 tonight on the new Comedy Central series, "Tosh.O," Owens delivers a series of deadpan apologies for future -- and past-- events.

Apparently, the 90-second bit -- which already is on the Comedy Central Web site -- was shot before Owens' sorry performance with supermodel teammate Joanna Krupa in Tuesday's premiere of ABC's "The Superstars."

Dressed sharply in a suit, Owens didn't apologize in the piece for the "Superstars" performance. But he apologized for any excessive celebrations that will occur this season and for some recent television and movie disasters even though he had nothing to do with them.

"I apologize for the Joe Buck Show (on HBO)," said a deadpan Owens. "Someone needs to apologize for that show."

Sorry, T.O., but I didn't think much of your apologies. I didn't laugh loudly once.

If you've seen the Comedy Central clip, what did you think of Owens' performance? And would you celebrate if he reduced his TV appearances?

-- Alan Pergament

T.O. and the Supermodel: The Drama Continues

I guess I should have seen this one coming. Buffalo Bills star Terrell Owens and supermodel teammate Joanna Krupa will live another day on ABC's "The Superstars."

The network confirmed today that Owens and Krupa -- who were the first team eliminated Tuesday night after Owens had trouble on a kayak and on an obstacle course -- are returning to the show because an injury forced another team to leave.

"The fireworks between them continue," added an ABC publicist.

He was alluding to all the verbal shots that Krupa hurled at Owens and his athletic prowess. Rather than repeat them, I advise you to read ny previous blog on the show.

The return of Owens and Krupa makes sense because they were the most interesting team in the eight-team competition Tuesday.

An astute reader of my previous blog noted that Owens was shown playing basketball in a promo, which is the reason that ABC decided it had to confirm he and Krupa were coming back.

Though the fireworks between them may continue, I'm expecting Owens and Krupa will perform better in future events because she told me in an interview that "we really kicked butt" and "we're a good team."

What do you think of the return of Owens and Krupa? Will you watch the show again next week? Or did her language and attitude in the premiere turn you off?

-- Alan Pergament

Owens Criticized by Teammate on Superstars

Yeah, you read that headline right. Buffalo Bills star Terrell Owens was on the receiving end of verbal abuse Tuesday night when he and his supermodel teammate on ABC's "Superstars" were the first pairing to be eliminated.

And after watching model Joanna Krupa lambast Owens' performance in a kayak and on an obstacle course, you certainly can understand why Owens' didn't invite Krupa to a Bills home game this season until she asked for an invite.

After Owens got caught in the netting in an obstacle course competition that put the team in a sudden-death elimination round,  Krupa was blunt.

"Unbelievable," she said. "I don't want a teammate like that. Call yourself an athlete. What does he get a million for?"

When Owens tried to calm her down, Krupa used an expletive that was deleted and blamed him for the loss before adding: "Shut up. You kidding me."

She wasn't done. Owens did better on the obstacle course in the sudden death race, but Krupa couldn't keep the lead and she blamed him for their elimination.

Once again, Krupa went on the verbal attack. "So cocky," she told Owens. "For what? You got in the NFL."

His teammate's harsh criticism led Owens to respond: "I really feel bad for her boyfriend. I really feel bad for him."

Believe it or not, you had to feel badly for Owens, too. But let's think of the positives he got out of appearing on "Superstars." He left after only one taped show, which means he didn't wear himself out. The verbal abuse he received made him a sympathetic figure. And maybe Krupa's harsh criticism of a teammate will make Owens think about how he treats his own teammates if and when things go badly this season.

Well, we can only hope. What did you think of Krupa's verbal assaults? And what did you think of "Superstars"?

Frankly, I'm glad T.O. was eliminated so I won't have to watch it again.

-- Alan Pergament

It Never Fails......

The minute you write a column about journalism and its ethic of getting it right, you can count on something in that column being wrong. It's practically a rule of thumb, just as it is a rule of thumb that any column that makes wisecracks about other people's grammar will invaluably contain a grammatical mistake itself.

So in my Tuesday column about Walter Cronkite, I mistakenly attributed Frank Reynolds' on-air temper tantrum to coverage of the Kennedy Assassination in Dallas when, in fact, it occurred during the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981.

This much is certain: it's never easy reporting an assassination or an assassination attempt on the air while people watch.

And, admittedly, few have ever anchored on-air breaking news as authoritatively as Walter Cronkite.
--Jeff Simon

Terrell Owens Plays the Joker

No, we're not talking about Terrell Owens getting the role in the next Batman movie. We're talking about the performance of the Buffalo Bills wide receiver in ABC's "Superstars," which premieres at 8 p.m Tuesday on Channel 7.

Robert Horowitz, the show's executive producer, said in a telephone interview that Owens was "incredibly cooperative and he and (supermodel) Joanna Krupa made a great team."

"Owens didn't do anything at all bad or cause problems," said Horowitz. "If anything, he became the joker and heckler and trying to rouse the other team, which was very cool... That's where you see T.O. being fun and vocal on the sidelines. I wouldn't say cocky, but confident and fun... Like it is T.O.'s stage. That's how he acted. He was pheonomenal. He was unbelievable.

"It was the perfect format for both of them to compete as a team... They were probably the most competitive and had the team with the most personality.. The first show is a good T.O. show. He's a big part of the first show." 

Were you a fan of "Superstars," which Horowitz considers the real start of reality TV? And does Owens' participation make you more likely to watch Tuesday?

-- Alan Pergament

Charlie the Butcher and Duff's on WGN America's Menu

WGN America, a so-called superstation based in Chicago, carries a feature called "Sky Dives" that features Lee Abrams, described as "a chief pilot and food guy."

Abrams flies into a Midwestern city each week to sample local food in each city and then the footage is edited to 60-second spots that run through the weekend. Abrams' schedule includes flying into Louisville, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Des Moines and Milwaukee.

Somehow, Western New York qualifies as a Midwestern city because Abrams is scheduled to come to Buffalo to check out Charlie the Butcher and Duff''s, presumably to sample beef on weck and chicken wings, respectively. The scheduled air date is Aug. 29.

Of course, WGN America isn't alone in thinking Western New York is a Midwestern city ,as well as a Northeastern city. What do you think?  And if you've seen "Sky Dives" on cable or satellite TV, what do you think of it and Abrams?

-- Alan Pergament   

Letterman Apology, Part 2

I had two thoughts while watching David Letterman's three-minute apology Monday night on the "Late Show" for a tasteless joke he made last week that upset the Palin family.

First, he really is in pain over what he called the perception of what the joke was about triumphing over the intent.

Secondly, he appears to be worried about something.

I'm sure it isn't over losing his job as "Late Night" host because of a silly campaign against him. More likely, he is worried about this one joke shattering his image and legacy.

Before he addressed the joke for the second time in a week, Letterman made four self-deprecating cracks in his monologue about how angry people have become over the joke and how hated he is now.

For those unaware of the controversy, Letterman is taking heat for a crack that during the seventh inning of a New York Yankees game that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attended "her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

He conceded it was a "bad joke," that was "coarse" and "beyond flawed."

But he said the perception that it was about Palin's 14-year-old daughter, Willow -- who was at the Yankee game -- was wrong. He said it was about her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, (who is an unwed mother).

Letterman added he didn't know either daughter was at the game and thought Gov. Palin was just there with former New York Yankee Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"And I really should have made the joke about Rudy," he cracked.

Continuing his defense, Letterman said he never made a joke like that in 31 years as a late-night host and blamed himself for it being misunderstood. Then he apologized to Gov. Palin, her daughters and anyone else who was offended.

I thought his second apology was heartfelt and sincere. What did you think of it and what do you think about the controversy?

-- Alan Pergament 

Russert Remembered on Anniversary of His Death

Saturday is the first anniversary of the shocking death of Tim Russert, the Buffalo native who went on to national prominence as a political journalist and the moderator of "Meet the Press."

As predicted by many, the 2008 presidential campaign wasn't the same without Russert putting issues  in focus and Sundays haven't been the same without him on NBC.

I know "Meet the Press" is no longer must-see TV each Sunday around my house. This isn't a slight at the very capable David Gregory, who was named moderator of the program after Tom Brokaw held the position during the 2008 election campaign.

It is just that Russert gave the program more of an everyman appeal and often seemed to be capable of having more fun with his guests even after the contentious debates were over.

In any event, have your Sunday TV habits changed? And do you want to share your feelings about a historic political year that sadly missed Russert's probing and analysis.

-- Alan Pergament 

Mad Men Gets Return Date

It doesn't get a fraction of the audience of NBC's maddeningly inane "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," but the more cerebral crowd that loves AMC's Emmy-winning "Mad Men" will be happy to learn the third season set in the world of advertising in the 1960s is set to start Sunday, Aug.16.

In anticipation of the return, AMC will run a "Mad Men" marathon of the second season on Monday, Aug. 10 starting at 7 a.m. 

If you're a fan of the series -- which is more popular with critics than with viewers who prefer a faster pace -- how eager are you for its return?

-- Alan Pergament

TV Dads: Love 'em, laugh at 'em

     Whether it's watching the hapless Alan Harper on "Two and a Half Men," Homer Simpson embarrassing himself on "The Simpsons" or Al Bundy embarrassing his kids on "Married ... With Children," television dads have a way of endearing themselves to us -- even if it's just so we can laugh at them.
     Who are some of your favorite TV dads? Who are the worst? Is there one in particular who reminds you of your own father? Share your thoughts here or by e-mailing me at

-- Toni Ruberto

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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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