Monday, February 4, 2008
TV Notes This Week
ESPN Classic continues the historic Daytona 500 series on Monday at 2PM with the 1999 race that featured Jeff Gordon and Earnhart Sr. racing for the win. This is a two hour program for those of you recording it.
SPEED also returns on Monday after covering pre-season testing with three days of team previews at 7PM Eastern Time each night. Hosted from the SPEED studios, the network will look at the contenders for the Sprint Cup Championship in 2008.
The big story is that NASCAR Now returns on ESPN2 at 6PM. This first thirty minute program is going to serve to show-off the new format, the new announcers, and hopefully help to begin a new chapter in the relationship between ESPN and the NASCAR fans. Ryan Burr, Nicole Manske and Allen Bestwick are the three co-hosts.
Set your DVR or TiVo for Thursday at Noon Eastern Time as ESPN News puts NASCAR front and center for three hours as Daytona International Speedway holds its annual Media Day.
The interesting part of this "news coverage" is that veteran reporter Mike Massaro has been moved to the ESPN Studios in Connecticut to co-host alongside of Ryan Burr.
Let me give you one guess as to who will be hosting the ESPN News coverage from Daytona? That's right, the new kid on the block Nicole Manske will be in Daytona joined by Rusty Wallace for three hours of live interviews and conversation.
Friday at 7PM Eastern Time is the kick-off of Dale Junior's five part TV series called Shifting Gears. This post-produced series follows his transition from DEI to Hendrick, and promises some new footage and interesting perspectives on those issues. We shall see.
NASCAR TV really begins to get cranked-up this week, and it should be fun to see all the new personalities and programs. Both ESPN and SPEED have made significant changes to their NASCAR TV packages, and we can only hope for positive results.
There will be columns about several of these programs after they air. Please feel free to add your comments below. Thanks.