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Beard gets more love from "Arrested" creator; Kane gets star treatment

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 2 morning co-anchor John Beard is getting a lot of national media attention for his performance as a fictional version of himself in the current Netflix season of "Arrested Development."

His work documenting the insanity of the Bluth family has drawn raves from TV Guide and USA Today.

It makes you wonder if Beard will be involved in a possible "A.D." movie.

The online blog Vulture – which is associated with New York magazine -- may have gotten the answer when a writer asked "A.D." creator Mitchell Hurwitz about any potential scheduling problem if the movie was ever made.

"A lot of it has to be worked around John Beard’s schedule," cracked Hurwitz.

By the way, the fictional show "John Beard’s To Entrap a Local Predator" that is part of the "A.D." season has inspired some T-shirts and hoodies. They are available online, along with other things associated with the program. At least I think they are real. They certainly look real. Of course, there always is a possibility that it is a joke. 

There will be more on Beard and his "Arrested Development" in this Sunday’s Buffalo News.

South Buffalo’s Patrick Kane was given the star treatment during the first intermission of his Chicago Blackhawks’ first Stanley Cup Finals game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday night.

“The Man, the Myth, the Mullet” was how Kane was described at the start by NBC host Liam McHugh.

Then Kane was said to be "poised to be the face of U.S. hockey" before an interview with NBC'c Ed Olczyk about how much he supposedly has matured as a player and a person.

"I think a lot," said Kane when asked how much he had matured. He added sometimes he shakes his head over some of the things he used to do before adding he is a little more focused on hockey now.

After the piece ran, analyst Keith Jones was asked what he saw in Kane and the Blackhawks in a first period in which they trailed, 1-0. "Not a whole lot," said Jones. "Get used to it."

He based his premature appraisal on what the Bruins did in sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

I didn’t think a whole lot of the piece on Kane, either. If NBC was going to say how much he has matured, it should have brought up some of the things in his past that even made his fans back home want to shout.

By the way, Jones' first period assessment proved to be wrong. Chicago won, 4-3, in triple overtime. The four goals were twice as many as Pittsburgh scored in four games against Boston. 

You may have read a wire story in Tuesday’s print edition of The Buffalo News about CNN hiring Canadian George Stroumbulopoulos to do a weekly talk show while he continues to work for CBC. George’s CBC talk show can be preempted or delayed by Stanley Cup playoff games. Wednesday’s show was supposedly scheduled to air at 3:30 a.m. and that was before the Blackhawks-Bruins game went into triple overtime. It generally airs at 11:30 p.m. on CBLT-TV. Therefore, it faces Jay, Dave, Jimmy, Conan, Stephen on American broadcast and cable TV networks. In other words, George S is pretty well unseen and unknown around here.

I don't know exactly what to make of this, but the new general manager of Channel 4, Rene LaSpina, is 55. That's the same age of the previous GM, Chris Musial, who retired.




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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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