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Don Paul's permanent return to local TV may take some time; Kelly's interviews are soft, but local rating is decent

This is what I’m thinking:

If you’re looking at the advertisement for former Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul’s appearance on WBBZ-TV’s “Talk of the Town” today, you might wrongly conclude that he is joining the program full time.

Actually, Paul said it is a one-time only appearance on the program co-hosted by WBBZ owner Phil Arno and Kim Piazza. It premieres at 9 this morning and is repeated at 6:30 tonight and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

It was taped about  month ago, with Paul addressing his career, background, early days as a comedy writer and his future.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Paul eventually returned to local television at one of Channel 4’s rivals. According to sources, Channel 2, Channel 7 and another media outlet all are potential landing spots.

Paul, who retired from Channel 4 in March, continues to give weather reports on Facebook so he obviously misses working. I would expect his next TV location to be determined by the end of summer.

Fox News television star Megyn Kelly’s entrance into the celebrity interview game made famous by Barbara Walters had a decent rating locally Tuesday night by WUTV standards. The hour had a 4.1 rating on the local Fox affiliate, which is about double what the comedies usually carried then get.  The program  had a 5.3 rating at the start of the Trump interview, gradually declined to a 4.5 rating for the end of the interview and one with actress Laverne Cox, and fell to a 3.3 rating for the interviews with former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro and actor Michael Douglas.

Kelly’s program had some tough competition. The season finale of “NCIS” had a 15.6 rating on WIVB-TV, and NBC’s “Voice” had a 6.9 rating on WGRZ-TV. Kelly’s program did beat the two comedies on ABC, which averaged a 2.3 on WKBW-TV.

Kelly’s interview skills don’t deserve a high rating. She generally lobbed softballs at Trump in an interview that didn’t make any news. She also projected herself into the interviews whenever she saw an opportunity.

Her interview with Shapiro did make news, as the attorney suggested that there was a “strong possibility” that two people may have been involved in the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. That unsupported suggestion, which Kelly didn’t pursue, made “The NBC Nightly News” on Wednesday.

Played by John Travolta, Shapiro was ridiculed in the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He seemed to be trying to reclaim part of his reputation in the Kelly interview. He bragged about out-maneuvering prosecutor Marcia Clark early and knowing the incriminating bloody glove wouldn’t fit Simpson. And Kelly accepted everything he said as gospel.

Shapiro laughably suggested he knew there would be no conviction before the first witness was called because Clark didn’t expect him to say the defense was immediately ready for trial.

He did reveal what Simpson told him after the non-guilty verdict was read: According to Shapiro, Simpson said: “You had told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right.”

The interview concluded with Shapiro saying: “There is moral justice and legal justice. When the not-guilty verdict was rendered, I felt legal justice was done. As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed that with anyone, including my wife.”

I don't think it is too hard to decipher what he meant by that.

ESPN medical expert Stephania Bell didn’t have any good news Wednesday for Buffalo Bills fans while she addressed the likely recovery times for first-round draft choice Shaq Lawson (shoulder surgery) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot surgery).

Bell speculated on “NFL Live” Wednesday that Lawson’s surgery would typically result in a 4-6 month recovery time, adding she would think it would be closer to six months. She seemed to think Watkins could be back in time for the regular season but warned against rushing him back.

The trio of football experts on the program felt the Bills should be more concerned about Watkins’ injury because he is so important to the offense while Lawson is a rookie defensive end whose value is undetermined.

WNED-TV is updating some clips from former productions in a 90-minute fund-raising program called “Summer Fun” that airs at 9 tonight. The program spotlights all the organizations that supply activities outdoors and inside around the area as the weather warms up and people plan staycations. The PBS station listed 14 organizations that will be highlighted in the program.

For fun's sake, let’s play a game. I’ll give you two of the organizations listed: the Buffalo Zoo and the Shaw Festival. Now make a list of the 12 others that you believe might make the program.


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