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Ch.2's O'Neill has done weather before; "Walking Dead" is big winner here

 By Alan Pergament

Channel 2 made what you read here last week official on Wednesday – "Daybreak" feature reporter Kevin O’Neill is becoming a fill-in meteorologist.

I hadn't realized until I interviewed him this week that O'Neill actually did the noon weather at Channel 4 years ago before the CBS affiliate decided its forecasters had to be meteorologists.

You'll read more about O'Neill that you might not have known in my column in this Sunday's Buffalo News.

WNED-TV's delayed airing of the Frontline documentary "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" wasn’t exactly a big ratings winner Tuesday opposite the Buffalo Sabres first win and St. Louis' win over Los Angeles in the National League Baseball Championships.

 "Denial" only received a 1.8 rating. I'm sure the rating will improve with DVR viewing but unfortunately WNED's decision to have a fund drive that extended the broadcast to more than two and a half hours probably means a lot of local viewers didn't set their DVRs long enough.

Inquiring minds want to know: When is the "48 Hours" piece on the murder conviction of Buffalo woman in the death of her ex-husband going to air after it was preempted last Saturday? I've been told by CBS that it isn't scheduled over the next few weeks.

It was replaced last Saturday by an episode in which a husband was accused of killing his wife.

Nothing says Date Night like watching "48 Hours" carrying Saturday episodes about people accused of killing their spouses or ex-spouses.

I had to laugh Tuesday when Channel 2 identified Robert Bennett as being a member of the New York Board of Regions instead of Regents. I wonder who has been writing its crawls and identifications lately.

I woke up Wednesday just in time to hear WGR radio report on a Toronto TV report from Sportsnet that suggested that Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier was about to be history. It seemed to be taken seriously, though with some warranted skepticism. After all, as immediately pointed out by the Buffalo News' Mike Harrington, the guy making the claim, Nick Kypreos, erroneously thought Ken Sawyer was the team president of the Sabres. The WGR guys added they would never believe anything Kypreos would say if this report was wrong. Kypreos backed away from his comments during an interview with Channel 2's Pete Gallivan that aired Wednesday night so I guess Sabre fans should never believe anything he says again even if they want to believe it. 

Speaking of the Sabres, Western New York is "Walking Dead" territory just like the rest of the nation. The season premiere of the basic cable series last Sunday had an 11.1 live rating, which would place it No. 7 among all broadcast and cable programs last week here. It even beat NBC's Sunday Night Football game on Channel 2 here.



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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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