December 11, 2013 - 7:03 AM
By Alan Pergament
Paul Peck is returning to local television.
No, Channel 4 hasn't tried to get back its sports department credibility by bringing back the former sports backup who has become more appreciated in the almost two years since he left local television.
Peck is going to be seen on Channel 4's chief rival, Channel 2. He will be the host of the UB Football Bowl Preview Show on Channel 2 that will air at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the NBC affiliate's new athletic partnership with the University at Buffalo.
It probably was UB's call since Peck also is the play-by-play voice of the football Bulls on 1270 AM.
He left Channel 4 in March of 2012 after 24 years at the CBS affiliate to take a job in the financial services industry and since then has occasionally been seen on sports-related programming on WBBZ.
Peck also is expected to be the host of the second UB football program on Channel 2 that will air after it plays San Diego State Dec. 21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The host of the "Bobby Hurley Show" that debuts in January on Channel 2 hasn't been announced. Peck doesn't do UB's basketball play-by-play and Channel 2 might want to use its own sports personnel on that program.
Showtime has announced that it is ending the run of David Duchovny as hedonistic, self-destructive novelist Hank Moody in "Californication" (some would call it soft porn) after 12 episodes of season seven that begin airing in April of 2014. I lost interest in Hank's behavior in about season five but I plan to catch up and be back to see how he ends up.
Speaking of adult entertainment, a reader advised me that Time Warner Cable's new channel lineup carries graphic titles in the program guide for the channels in the Adult tier that start with channel 1800. He wanted some advice on how to shield his pre-teen daughter from reading them. I'd call TWC to see if it is possible to change the settings so those titles -- which have double-entendres that may be laughable to some adults -- don't appear.
ESPN is switching pitchers on Sunday Night Baseball. The very opinionated Curt Schilling is replacing Orel Hershiser as an analyst alongside the underrated Canadian play-by-play man Dan Shulman and analyst John Kruk. Hershiser reportedly is going to work for his old team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, as a broadcaster. The Dodgers’ new regional sports network also recently added former ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra.
I loved Monday night's "30 for 30" installment on ESPN that told the incredible story of the 1983 national basketball championship North Carolina State team coached by the late Jim Valvano. It made me laugh, it made me think and it made me cry, which are the three things that Coach V said we should all do every day during his memorable ESPY speech more than 20 years ago when he was battling cancer.
Speaking of "30 for 30," ESPN announced Tuesday that the documentary "The Price of Gold" about the attack on Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan plotted by skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, with his friends, will debut at 9 p.m. Jan.16. It is directed by Buffalo native Nanette Burstein.