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Draft notes, Presidential jokes and "Parenthood" praise

By Alan Pergament

AIRWAVES: After being No. 1 on ESPN's national ratings scorecard on the night the Bills drafted E.J. Manuel, Buffalo slipped to No. 4 for the entire three days of draft coverage on the sports network. New Orleans (4.7), Birmingham, Ala (4.5) and Kansas City (4.4) all finished ahead of Buffalo (4.3) for the 15 plus hours of draft coverage. The Top 10 was dominated by smaller markets, with Buffalo followed by Dayton, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Nashville...

Speaking of the draft, ex-Bills GM Bill Polian was a big fan of USC wide receiver Robert Woods before teams started selecting players... Channel 2 said goodbye to "Daybreak" producer and traffic reporter Heather DuBose on Tuesday. She took a job in Pittsburgh, a much larger market than Buffalo. The "Daybreak" anchors will do the traffic reports until Channel 2 finds a replacement, GM Jim Toellner said...

Manhattan residents had to laugh during an episode of "Mad Men" last Sunday when Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) was told by a realtor that the East Side apartment she was considering buying would increase in value once the Second Avenue subway was built. The series is set in the 1960s and East Side residents are still waiting for that subway line. Realtors have been using the line Peggy was fed for decades...

It took Conan O'Brien a while to get going during his appearance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner and he had a tough act to follow in President Obama. But he had one terrific line:"President Obama and John Boehner are kind of like a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. In theory, they understand each other's positions, but deep down you know nothing is ever going to happen." I hope I don't have to explain the joke... I was surprised that Conan had to look down so often at his notes before telling his jokes...

President Obama's delivery actually was better than O'Brien's. The President had several good lines, the best which concerned CNN's accuracy. "I admire their commitment to all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate," said the President. Ouch...

Glad to see that "Parenthood" was one of five drama series that NBC has renewed and given 22 episodes for next season. The network seriously misjudged the series' popularity this year and ended its season in February. Big mistake. It actually was one of NBC's strongest 10 p.m. series. Since "Parenthood" left the air, "Smash" and "Ready for Love" have died in the 10 p.m. Tuesday time slot. "Grimm" had its first episode there Tuesday night. The other four series that NBC renewed are "Revolutuon," "Chicago Fire," "Grimm" and "Law & Order: SVU." No word yet on "Hannibal," which so far seems more popular with critics than viewers...

Back to the draft. The credibility of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden seemed to take a hit when Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib fell to the fourth round before the New York Giants grabbed him. After his QB Camp, Gruden pronounced Nassib as the No. 1 QB in the draft. Manuel, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon and Matt Barkley were drafted before Nassib. We might never find out if Gruden was right because the Second Avenue subway might be in operation before Nassib gets to play unless Giants quarterback Eli Manning gets injured...

apergament@buffnews.com

 

 

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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