Some notes left on the cutting room floor, along with some new material.
A few days ago, I recommended that Channel 2 kill “The Healthy Zone.”
Instead, the station has decided to try and save “Healthy” and improve its meager ratings by changing its time slot.
The day before Christmas the program sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield – which also is partially responsible for its content of health tips– will move from 2 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. after Channel 2’s 11 a.m. local news.
In the station’s lineup shuffling, “2 Sides,” the political debate show co-hosted by Kristy Mazurek and Joel Giambra, moves back 30 minutes to noon, followed by repeats of “The Office” at 12:30 p.m.
“The Doctors,” which had been running at noon, moves to 2 p.m.
Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said the “Healthy Zone” is a better fit with the news as a lead-in than it was with the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” as the lead-in.
“We want to expose it to different people,” said Toellner.
By that, he means more people. “Healthy” didn’t even average a 1 rating during the November sweeps. “2 Sides,” which had the benefit of a lead-in from Channel 2’s 11 a.m. news, more than doubled the rating of “Healthy” and may suffer because of the switch.
In other Channel 2 news, Toellner said that 11 a.m. anchor Mary Friona isn’t interested in the “Daybreak” co-anchor slot vacated by Jodi Johnston. She had gotten some supportive emails from viewers who saw her subbing in the spot.
Channel 2 is expected to name Johnston’s replacement in a few weeks. Melissa Holmes, who also has subbed for Johnston, still looks like the favorite to get the job.
In his appearance with Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night to defend his Sunday night commentary on the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher and Belcher’s girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, NBC’s Bob Costas was pressed by the Fox News host on whether he would like to have a gun or be without a gun in a movie theater if someone with an automatic weapon came in and fired away.
Costas said he would rather not have a gun because random shots in the dark could lead to more people getting hurt. O’Reilly said he would rather have a gun with him.
O’Reilly’s hypothetical – which was designed to have some sort of gun control debate that Costas was trying to avoid– was a severe stretch. I don’t know about you, but I’d stop going to the movies if I thought people attending films with me were packing heat.
After Stan Van Gundy’s appearance at the Canisius College Cage Club Luncheon, I asked the former Orlando Magic coach several questions about NBA teams and players.
Are the New York Knicks for real? “They are but it will be interesting when (Amare) Stoudemire comes back. They could go the other way and not be as good. They weren’t as good last year when they tried to play (Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony) together. I’m not sure they can be as good when he comes back. If they stay with this lineup, they are for real.”
What about the Brooklyn Nets? Are they for real? “They are for real because they are going to be a good team and a playoff team. But they’re not going to be able to push Miami or anybody like that. Their starting lineup is pretty good but they don’t have a ton of depth.”
How about the Los Angeles Lakers, who now feature his former Magic star Dwight Howard? “I picked them to win the West. That is going to take some doing now. They have had three head coaches in 17 days. They are totally out of synch. Steve Nash is still out. It is going to take a lot now. They are running out of time and I know it is crazy to say but they have to start getting it together, they have to get Nash back, they have to get key people healthy and get comfortable with what they are doing.”
Will Howard fit in well there? “Dwight is going to play great. The great players can fit in anywhere. It is how the other people fit that becomes important.”
Was the amazing play of guard Jeremy Lin with the Knicks an aberration last year during Linsanity or is he for real now that he signed as a free agent with Houston after New York failed to match a contract offer? “Maybe it was a combination of both. We’ll have to see. But he is not gonna consistently play the way he played in that one stretch. He struggled a little bit to start the year. But he’s starting to play better and I think there is a good chance what he’ll end up is being a good NBA player. I don’t think he is going to do what he did in New York. He got on a fabulous run. Actually (Raymond) Felton has played very, very well (for New York). It has sort of borne out that (the Knicks) made a good decision (to let Lin go).”