It's not all about LeBron James and Brett Favre at ESPN — at least not next week. The sports giant is rolling out a series of Veterans Day-related programming to honor veterans and troops and to celebrate the link between the military and sports.
"America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans" begins with Saturday's College GameDay (Nov. 6, 9am/8c, ESPNU and 10am/9c, ESPN), which will feature a profile of Indiana University defensive end Kevin Bush, who returned to college football after serving two and half years in the U.S. Army, including a stint in Iraq.
It remains to be seen how well Tiger Woods will do at the Masters, but his highly publicized return to golf is already scoring big with viewers.
ESPN's live coverage of the Masters' first round on Thursday attracted 4.9 million viewers to become the most-viewed golf telecast in cable history...
Tony Kornheiser and Hannah Storm
ESPN announced Tony Kornheiser, co-host of its weekday Pardon the Interruption, is on a two-week suspension following his snarky comments last week about an outfit worn by fellow ESPN host Hannah Storm.
"Tony Kornheiser's comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. Hurtful and personal comments such as these are ...
The catwalks, catfights and catcalls finally return when the wardrobe-themed reality hit launches its sixth season. The off-season wasn't seamless, however: The show jumped networks and landed on Lifetime after a lengthy and public legal row. All that aside, it's now time for fashion fun with a full night of Runway programming. (Project Runway: All-Star Challenge airs at 8/7c; Models of the Runway airs at 11/10c.) Los Angeles is the new setting for Season 6 when 16 fresh clothiers compete in the usual fierce fashion-themed heats, designing their ware at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Series staples Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return, as do judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia.
Read on for previews of Ace of Cakes, Models of the Runway, SportsCenter Fantasy Draft Special and Grey's Anatomy.
Hannah Storm by Joe Faraoni/ESPN
You might say Hannah Storm and her husband Dan Hicks are both back in the swim. As Storm begins hosting ESPN's new live weekday SportsCenter Monday in the 9 a.m. to noon/ET timeslot, Hicks is on the other side of the world calling Olympic swimming events in Beijing for NBC.
"It's a funny parallel, because he does swimming every four years," says Storm, an NBC Sports veteran who has also worked the Olympics. "We were talking about how you've got to crank those muscles back up and try to remember what it's like. It's the same thing here. I haven't done sports in a long time, haven't done a highlight-intensive show since my CNN years Then boom, you're doing it on SportsCenter, the greatest, most iconic franchise show in sports television."
SportsCenter's Scott Van Pelt by Rich Arden/ESPN
ESPN held its upfront presentation Tuesday morning at the Nokia Theater in New York. Anchors Scott Van Pelt and Steve Levy hosted the event as a mock SportsCenter episode. The 80-minute presentation was light on programming announcements, but the biggest news was the addition of a block of live SportsCenters from 6 am to 3 pm/ET, beginning Monday, Aug. 11. A new web site, SportsCenter.com, will also debut in August. It was also confirmed that The Early Show's Hannah Storm will be one of the new anchors for this block. In other SportsCenter news, a 1 am/ET edition produced live in Los Angeles, will premiere on April 9, 2009.Other new programming includes ESPN Homecoming, an profile/interview show with Rick Reilly, who the network poached from Sports Illustrated last fall.Features reporter, deadpan "comedian" and Dancing With the Stars vet Kenny Mayne will host a new humor show for espn.com called Mayne Street.ESPN will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009 with "30 For 30," a series...
Hannah Storm, who left CBS' floundering Early Show last fall, is returning to her sports roots. According to Sports Illustrated's web site, Storm will anchor a new live morning edition of SportsCenter. The 45-year-old Storm worked for NBC Sports from 1992-2002, anchoring coverage from the Olympics, the NBA and Wimbledon, among other events.ESPN is expected to formally announce the news at tomorrow's upfront presentation in New York.
Carl Edwards by Al Messerschmidt/WireImage.com
Delilah DiCrescenzo, the inspiration for the Plain White T's Grammy-nominated song "Hey There Delilah," won the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday in West Chester, Ohio. DiCrescenzo, an Olympic hopeful in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ran the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) course in 20 minutes, 30.7 seconds. "I'm good friends with the guys from Plain White T's," she said after the race. "They called me a few days ago to let me know they've been nominated for two Grammys, so I'm really excited for them. It's a very unique opportunity, and a funny set of circumstances, but I'm glad to be associated with the song"
.Self-congratulation at ESPN is nothing new, but it's actually warranted Tuesday when the network celebrates its popular "This Is SportsCenter" commercials. In addition to highlights from the 12-year-old campaign, The Best of This Is SportsCenter (Dec. 11, 8 pm/ET) will debut three new spots.Also Tuesday, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards takes the spotlight at...
Dan Patrick courtesy ESPN
After serving up 18 years of wonderfully snark-flavored sports coverage, Dan Patrick announced on Monday his resignation from ESPN, where he has anchored SportsCenter and hosted an eponymous radio show. Noting that "I've spent a third of my life at ESPN," Patrick tells Variety he wants to "try something different," but specified no next step following his August 17 ESPN sign-off.Recently, Patrick's name unexpectedly entered the "Who will host The Price Is Right?" mix, but he turned down the job. "I didn't think it was the right time to do something like that, but I did appreciate them inquiring," Patrick tells the Reporter, adding, "No, I'm holding out for Wheel of Fortune."
Suzy Kolber, Monday Night Football
Before she made headlines by snapping back at Andy Rooney's 2002 sputterings about how women had "no business" talking about football, and long before Joe Namath — drunk and slurry, in a sideline moment preserved for all time by thousands of YouTube downloads — declared that he wanted to kiss her, Suzy Kolber was a little girl in love with football. She remembers being 8 years old, in suburban Philadelphia, mesmerized by Howard Cosell's Monday-night halftime highlights. She made national headlines when she was 10, one of the first girls to make a boy's football