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'Top Gear' episode shot here airs Oct.29; WBEN adds local late-night host

By Alan Pergament 

Remember when the Skyway was closed for four hours in both directions in July so an episode of the United States' version of “Top Gear” could be filmed?

A publicist for The History Channel has confirmed that the episode will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Here's a brief synopsis of the episode, which is titled "Can Cars Float?"

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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.

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Williams' series has "Crazy" DVR ratings; WNED extends "Denial"

By Alan Pergament

 This is what I’m thinking:

The big local winner in DVR and On Demand viewing in Western New York for the first two weeks of the TV season that ended Oct. 6 is Robin Williams. 

His new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,"” experienced a 5.3 ratings point gain for the first two episodes, which was one-third of its overall 15.4 average rating.

"Crazy" is the No. 3 rated series in WNY, behind only "Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS."

Other new series getting big DVR and On Demand boosts include NBC’s "The Blacklist," which is No. 4 among all series here, and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," which is in the Top 15.

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TV viewers agree: Sabres unwatchable

By Alan Pergament

A close friend of mine who is a huge hockey fan attended the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 loss to Columbus last week and afterwards declared it "unwatchable."

TV viewers are increasingly coming to the same conclusion.

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Ch.2's Wrobel explains her new mission; Esiason repeats himself

By Alan Pergament 

Every time I write a blog about Mary Beth Wrobel, the hits keep on coming.

I used to be surprised by that because as a part-time meteorologist at Channel 2 (and Channel 4 before that) it isn’t as if she got a lot of air time over the last 13 years locally.

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"48 Hours" postpones episode with Buffalo ties

By Alan Pergament

I hope you weren't planning to stay home at 10 tonight to watch the "48 Hours" episode on CBS about the 2011 murder of University at Buffalo Law School graduate Lanny Horwitz in Jupiter, Fla.

Because CBS pulled the episode, titled "Love, Hate & Obsession," Friday at practically the 11th hour in favor of another murder case that was decided late Friday afternoon.

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Lottery is a TV loser after Ch. 2 drops live drawing

 

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

It has been a tough month for the lottery.

The first new TV show of the season to be canceled was ABC's "Lucky 7" about lottery winners. It lasted two episodes.

Western New Yorkers were more concerned about Channel 2's cancellation of the lottery drawings on Oct. 1.

Inquiring minds want to know what happened.

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"48 Hours" focuses Saturday on murder with Buffalo ties

By Alan Pergament

The popular CBS investigative series "48 Hours" is focusing this Saturday on the murder in Florida of a University at Buffalo Law School graduate that was described by a Buffalo News reporter two years ago as playing out "like a Hollywood script."

The decision to do an hour on the murder pretty much validates that "Hollywood script" suggestion made earlier this year by Buffalo News reporter Matt Gryta.

Reported by Peter Van Sant, the "48 Hours" report on the 2011 murder of 66-year-old Lanny Horwitz in Jupiter, Fla. is titled "Love, Hate & Obsession."

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Ch.2's O'Neill about to add weather to his duties

By Alan Pergament

The forecast for the Channel 2 weather team now that meteorologist Mary Beth Wrobel is leaving is for more humor in its presentation.

Would you believe Kevin O'Neill, the former Channel 4 "Why Guy" who now does fun features on live remotes for Channel 2's morning show "Daybreak," is in line to replace Wrobel as a fill-in forecaster?

I'm not trying to be as humorous as O'Neill tries to be during his daily morning appearances at remote locations or on Facebook.

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DVR and On Demand a big hit for older series

By Alan Pergament

At 10 tonight, many Western New Yorkers may decide to skip CBS' "CSI" and ABC's "Nashville" and go to bed.

But that doesn't mean they won't be seeing tonight's episodes sometime this week.

Because during the first week of the new TV season, those two series were among those most-watched via DVR or ON Demand here seven days after they originally aired.

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