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Buffalo Gets Another National TV Snow Job

The weather was frightful throughout the midsection of the United States this week, but it should surprise no one that Buffalo was one of the major areas that the network newscasts focused on.

On Thursday morning, NBC's "Today" show featured a reporter doing a standup from Western New York and on Thursday night ABC's "World News Tonight" did pretty much the same.

Of course, even when the networks explain the snow is primarily south of Buffalo viewers across the country don't know the difference.

I know this because my out-of-town relatives were once again shocked Thursday when I told them my house received a few inches north of the city and the really frightening stuff that was making a mess of the Thruway was happening many miles away.

By now, Western New Yorkers should realize this area often deserves the snow coverage on national television and there is no use complaining about it when it doesn't deserve it

-- Alan Pergament  

Going to the Extreme


You may have seen the item in today's paper about ABC expanding the Buffalo edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to a two-hour show that will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 on WKBW-TV,Channel 7.

Why was the extra hour needed for the show that will features the Massachusetts Avenue home rebuilt for Delores Powell, a Jamaican immigrant, and her four children? 

According to the ABC publicist who confirmed the date "Powell episode was just too big, too much great footage for one hour. Biggest volunteer turnout ever had. A LOT of work."

In other words, the episode sounds like it will be advertisment for the slogan, "Buffalo: The City of Good Neighbors."

-- Alan Pergament  

Barbara Walters' Unusual Advice to Tiger

Barbara Walters had some surprising advice for Tiger Woods during her appearance Tuesday on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Walters said that Woods should have done an interview before more of the tawdry details of his extramarital affairs came out but added that now it is too late.

"Now, I don't think he should do an interview," said Walters, who has every reason to persuade Woods to do an interview.

Of course, she added she'd be happy to do the interview if Woods ever gets out of his bunker.

I'm not among those who are surprised at how many jokes that Letterman told about Woods on Monday and Tuesday.

As I said back when Letterman had his own "problem," the host was bound to use self-deprecating humor to continue making fun of people involved in future sex scandals.

And that's just what he's done with Tiger.

After Letterman mentioned that Walters was a guest Tuesday in his opening, he added "so far she has not been linked to Tiger Woods."

Woods hasn't always been the most popular golfer on tour. It was easy to speculate that some golfers were just jealous of his incredible talent. Now you have to wonder if some golfers knew the real Tiger and were upset that his perfect image was such a joke.

Of course, Walters wasn't on Letterman's show to talk about Tiger, but to promote her annual ABC special on the 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year. During his interview with Walters, Letterman made a prediction about who would be named the most fascinating person of the year tonight.

Letterman said he was positive it would be First Lady Michelle Obama. Walters tried every possible way she possibly could to avoid confirming it, but her body language indicated that Letterman was on the money. Stay tuned tonight.

-- Alan Pergament  

Fewell Gets NFL Network Endorsement

It will be interesting to hear what NFL Network announcers Bob Papa and Matt Millen say about interim Buffalo Bills Coach Perry Fewell during tonight's game with the New York Jets from Toronto.

Fewell has already received the endorsement of the NFL Network's Mike Martz, the former head coach of the St. Louis Rams. This week he said of Fewell: "He is very sharp. This is a terrific pick for a head coach. He did a great job as (defensive) co-ordinator and he has the respect of the players. I love the guy."

The love from Martz shouldn't be a surprise since he has a tie with Fewell. Fewell was his secondary coach for two years in St. Louis.

Martz apparently is following the Bills situation closely. Last week, ESPN.com reporter Tim Graham reported a league source said Martz is interested in the Bills coaching job.

By the way, tonight's game is being carried by Channel 7 here, as well as The NFL Network. 

-- Alan Pergament 

Channel 2 News A Winner After "Loser"

How important is the lead-in to the 11 p.m. news?

A few days after finishing third in the November sweeps, Channel 2 had a one-night victory at 11 p.m. Tuesday

Channel 2 was able to get the victory because it got a strong lead-in from the reality show "The Biggest Loser," which replaced "The Jay Leno Show" as the night's lead-in.

The Tuesday win would seem to validate the view that Leno's show is killing the newscasts at Channel 2 and other NBC affiliates across the country at 11 p.m.

-- Alan Pergament