DMA 1 (New York)

WNYW Beefs Up News Lineup For Summer

Byron Harmon, the Fox New York O&O news director: “Our new summer schedule continues our mission to bring unconventional local news to New York. We intend to give our viewers something different and solidify WNYW as the destination for relevant, unexpected and fun content. Local news doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom.”
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On June 5, Fox-owned WNYW New York (DMA 1) will launch an all new summer schedule with several news additions, including a new, interactive 6 p.m. weekday newscast, expanded weekend news and several branded summer series, celebrating summer in New York.

Byron Harmon, WNYW VP-news director, said: “Our new summer schedule continues our mission to bring unconventional local news to New York. We intend to give our viewers something different and solidify WNYW as the destination for relevant, unexpected and fun content. Local news doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom.”

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The new evening news talent lineup will feature Dari Alexander and Steve Lacy co-anchoring Fox 5 News at 5:00 p.m.; Ernie Anastos anchors Fox 5 News at 6:00 p.m.; and Dari Alexander and Steve Lacy co-anchor Fox 5 News at 10:00 p.m.

The additions:

New 6 p.m. newscast — Ernie Anastos will solo anchor, alongside meteorologist Nick Gregory and sports anchor Russ Salzberg. Audrey Puente will step outside her usual role of meteorologist and serve as a reporter, along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young. Original reporting and interviews will capture a wide-range and eclectic group of topics from lifestyle, social issues, family, wellness and education, to headlines of the day.

Friday Night Live (10:30-11 p.m.) — Friday Night Live will consist of a live Friday night celebration each week, incorporating a mix of entertainment, nightlife, food and wine segments, musical performances and celebrity guest interviews. Local food, beaches, concerts, entertainment and travel segments will also be showcased.

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Weekend News Expansion — WNYW will now provide hourly weekend morning news updates on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fox Docs This is a three-episode documentary summer series, examining three major issues facing New York City. Each documentary will air during Fox 5 News at 5 p.m. on various weekend newscasts and on www.myfoxny.com

Backstory This show offers a behind-the-scenes look at news stories, from the moment the station receive a news tip, all the way through the editing process to the finished story.

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 26, 2016
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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