Fox Sports surprised the sports media world by breaking up its three-person Major League Baseball broadcast booth and naming John Smoltz lead game analyst for the 2016 season. The former World Series champion and Cy Young winner will team with lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, according to John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer of Fox Sports. Smoltz, who first joined Fox in 2014, will serve as lead analyst for regular season and post-season game telecasts on Fox and FS1 as well as the All-Star Game. The move breaks up Fox’s three-person booth of ex-ESPNer Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated and Buck. Two-person booths are becoming the norm in sports. Fox tried the three-person setup when longtime lead analyst Tim McCarver retired after the 2013 post-season. But the Reynolds-Verducci-Buck trio drew mixed reviews. Their bad luck continued during Game 1 of the 2015 World Series when their microphones went dead for several minutes forcing them take over the international feed from none other than Smoltz and Matt Vasgersian. The NY Daily News first reported Fox’s broadcast shake-up.
In the latest Discovery shuffle post-Scripps acquisition, Jane Latman is new GM at Travel Channel, reporting to Henry Schleiff. Latman also will continue to serve as EVP, development and research, for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and GM of Destination America.
Using science as the foundation for stunts and practical jokes, SciJinks, the new science prank show hosted by Johnny Galecki, will premiere Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on Science Channel. Galecki, along with science “prankologists” Tamara Robertson and Jason Latimer, test out science on unsuspecting marks, drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more.
Amazon Prime Video continues to bolster its sports rights portfolio, locking in a deal with the USTA to snag the exclusive live telecast rights to the US Open Tennis Championships for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The five-year agreement, which begins with the 2018 US Open, will bring live and on-demand content to […]
Armed with its new Thursday Night Football package, FOX kicks off its coverage of the regular season with Week 1 as a national weekend on Sept. 9 pitting the Cowboys/Panthers and the Seahawks/Broncos at 4:25p while Thanksgiving will see the Redskins/Cowboys on the channel. This year’s Thursday Night Football package on FOX begins in Week […]
CBS renewed 11 more series for the 2018-19 season, for a total of 17, including the entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. Coming back are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, The Amazing Race, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.