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No Norah O'Donnell, a lot more MJ and a bit more Tony Romo

Alan Pergament

Inquiring minds want to know ... What happened to “The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) Tuesday night?

It didn’t make it on the air on the East Coast due to technical difficulties in Washington, D.C. It was fixed for the West Coast feed.

Channel 4 and other CBS affiliates carried a newscast from the 24-hour streaming news channel CBSN in its place at 6:30 p.m.

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Disney is milking the success of the recently completed ESPN documentary “The Last Dance.”

Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, ran an hour special of highlights and celebrity interviews Tuesday night on the broadcast network with Magic Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Roberts in a special hosted by Stephen A. Smith that added little to the 10-part series about the Chicago Bulls season that ended with their sixth NBA title during the Michael Jordan era.

If you missed the final two episodes Sunday, be advised episodes 9 and 10 will be repeated starting at 7 tonight on ESPN before another post-series show, “Game 6: The Movie,” at 9 p.m.

The most poignant moment in episode 9 occurred when former Bulls guard Steve Kerr held back tears while discussing the 1984 murder of his father, Malcolm, in Lebanon when he was the president of the American University of Beirut. Kerr was playing at the University of Arizona at the time.

If you didn’t know before, you now know why Steve Kerr often speaks out about social values and American values.

ESPN describes “Game 6: The Movie” as “an unprecedented cinematic production of 1998 NBA Finals Game 6, one of the most iconic games in NBA history.” It was the game the Bulls clinched the NBA title with a win over the Utah Jazz.

An ESPN release added that “Game 6: The Movie” “will feature exclusive, never-before-seen game footage captured by five different NBA Entertainment cameras, presenting new and innovative views of the historic game. It will feature the original commentary provided for the live game telecast by Bob Costas, Isiah Thomas, Doug Collins, Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray.”

According to ESPN, episodes 9 and 10 averaged 5.6 million viewers on ESPN and ESPN 2. Episode 9, which started at 9 p.m., averaged 5.9 million viewers and was the third most watched episode of the series, behind episodes 1 and 3. Episode 10, which started at 10 p.m., averaged 5.4 million viewers.

I can’t believe anyone left before the final buzzer sounded Sunday. I guess that’s what DVRs are for.

The original airings of the 10 episodes averaged 5.6 million viewers within the same day, making “The Last Dance” the most-watched documentary content ever on ESPN.

The least-watched episode was No.8., which, like episode 10, started at 10 p.m.

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On the night the NFL schedule was announced, CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz noted that while Fox has NFC veteran quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and now Tom Brady to rely on as TV draws, CBS and the AFC has the next generation of young quarterbacks to showcase.

That could explain the decision of CBS Sports to air a special 30-minute interview show, “In the Huddle with Tony Romo,” at 2 p.m. Sunday in which the network’s lead game analyst will interview the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, the New York Jets Sam Darnold and the New York Giants’ Daniel Jones.

According to a CBS release, Romo will talk to the quarterbacks “about the X’s and O’s of the position, the difficulties of preparing for next season in a ‘virtual off-season’ setting, making the leap from being a first-year quarterback to the second year, and second-year to the third, as well as show a different side of their lives on and off-the-field as an NFL quarterback.”

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This may be a little late, but I am impressed by the new cleaner graphics on WBW-TV (Channel 7).


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