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Big Monday on Local, National TV

It will still be a week before the official start of the new network television season, but Monday will be a big night on local and national TV.

It starts very early -- 5.a.m to be exact -- when John Beard debuts as the co-anchor alongside Jodi Johnston on Channel 2's "Daybreak." Beard made a brief appearance on the show today to hype his arrival.

At 7 p.m Monday, ESPN and Channel 7 will carry what is sure to be the highest-rated program of the week -- the Buffalo Bills regular season opener against the New England Patriots.

The game will be near the end when the final big event starts -- the premiere of NBC's "Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m. on Channel 2. If the game goes long, Leno's local audience undoubtedly will be severely reduced.

Which of the three big events do you plan to watch? OK, that's a dumb question. Of course, the Bills game probably will have about a 40 rating combined on ESPN and Channel 7.

So of the other two big TV events -- Beard's debut and Leno's debut -- which one are you more likely to watch and why? 

-- Alan Pergament 

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