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"American Tarzan" winner won't have prize money to brag about

This is what I’m thinking:

One of the glaring omissions in a Discovery Channel release about its upcoming survival reality series “American Tarzan” is the absence of details about what the winner among seven challengers receives as prizes.

If he were to win, Jeremy Guarino of Buffalo shouldn’t worry about counting his money. The winner isn’t going to get a sizable paycheck like the $250,000 that Colden’s Mark Bouquin received when he became a co-winner of the Fox reality series “American Grit.”

When I asked a Discovery spokesman via email what the “American Tarzan” winner gets, he responded that the winner gets bragging rights to being named “American Tarzan.”

You think the winner could have at least received free tickets to the movie “The Legend of Tarzan” that premieres nationwide on Friday.

The series premieres on July 6.

Channel 7 reporter Desiree Wiley will have some co-workers who have been reporters in Buffalo to talk to when she heads to cable’s NECN in Boston next month. Alysha Palumbo and Elysia Rodriguez, who both worked at Channel 4, also are reporters for the New England cable network. A New England native, Palumbo joined the cable station in 2009. Rodriguez joined in 2015.

If you haven’t seen the critically-acclaimed ESPN Films’ documentary series “O.J.: Made in America,” you might want to know that the entire 10 hours will air from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday on ESPN2 and on ESPN from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Inquiring minds want to know: Why is Entercom sending over Jim Rome’s talk show from WGR to lower-rated ESPN 1520 to make room for the late July move of John Murphy’s Bills program from nights to noon to 3 p.m.?

Rome’s national program doesn’t get near the share of the local sports talk programs carried by WGR. I’m told that over the last five ratings books, WGR generally gets about 12-13 shares in the 25-54 male demographic programs in the mornings with Howard Simon and Jeremy White and the afternoons with Mike Schopp and Chris (The Bulldog) Parker. Rome’s program gets shares in the 4-8 range.

If you were on Twitter Sunday night, you might have thought everyone in Western New York watches HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The live 9 p.m. airing of its terrific and game-changing season finale had only a 3.4 local rating on the pay-cable channel. To illustrate the power of broadcast television, ABC's "$100,000 Pyramid" (6.8), CBS' repeat episode of "Madam Secretary" (3.9) and NBC's  coverage of the gymnastic U.S. Olympics trials (3.8) all beat "GOT" head-to-head locally. Of course, “GOT” gets a large amount of viewership from other HBO airings, DVR viewing and On Demand. Nationally, it reportedly receives 23 million viewers weekly.

The premiere of “Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons” a week ago didn’t get much live viewership. It had a 0.2 live local rating (that's right, a zero point two) that most likely will go higher from delayed viewing after everybody heard about actor Ben Affleck’s expletive-laden defense of New England quarterback Tom Brady involving Deflategate.

apergament@buffnews.com

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