Told you so! And, no, I’m not one of those people who hate saying that.
WINK-TV will start a 4 p.m. newscast, but a little sooner than I expected.
According to Russ Kilgore, WINK news director, the new newscast starts June 6.
The broadcast will be anchored by Stacey Adams and Cayle Thompson, with Scott Zedeker doing the weather. Kilgore says the newscast will be hard and fast — fast-paced with breaking news and lots of live shots. Competitor NBC-2 already has a newscast at 4 p.m.
“There’s a substantial appetite for news in this market,” says Kilgore, pointing to the success of their 7 p.m. newscast.
“In the February ratings we earned a 5 (ratings point), and our competitors earned a 2.2. That’s over 7 points for news where no local broadcasts existed a short time ago.”
So what happens to “Oprah?” Her grand finale airs May 25, and she will be in reruns until the fall. Those repeats will move to 4 p.m. on CW 6.
Gregory Stetson, WINK program director, says the station will do some shuffling to accommodate “Oprah.” Gone is the 11 a.m. newscast on CW 6. Kyle Jordan, who anchors at 11 a.m. will move to the noon newscast on WINK, joining Jennifer Stacy and replacing Thompson, freeing him up for the 4 p.m.
“Real Housewives” will take the 11 a.m. slot on CW 6. “King of Queens” takes “Housewives” current 2 p.m. slot.
Jamie Yuccas headed home
We are saddened to report Jamie Yuccas Sheehan is leaving NBC-2, as the station has announced on its website.
Where too? Back home to Minnesota. She will be a consumer reporter for WCCO in Minneapolis.
“This move gets Jamie and husband, John, back to their roots, in the same metro area of both families and positioned for great things in her home town,” read the announcement.
Yuccas spent time as a Collier County bureau reporter, weekend and weekday anchor. Her last day will be June 3.
Less soap, still lots of bubbles
Marco Island will host actors from “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life To Live,” “The Young and the Restless” and “Guiding Light,” for the annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, next Saturday and Sunday.
It will be a bittersweet gathering: All but one of those soaps have been cancelled, and only three of them are currently airing.
Fan favorites including Susan Haskell, Thorsten Kaye, Tom Pelphrey, Walt Willey and many more. They will be available for two days of fun in the sun events including “A Night of Stars,” “Cruisin’ & Schmoozin’ with the Stars,” “Celebrity Bartender Bash” and a one-time-only play reading performed by Tom Pelphrey and Stephanie Gatschet.
This event benefits children with autism. Tickets range from $50-$175.
Visit www.soapfest.com or call (239) 394-0080 for tickets and event details.
Naples resident on ‘Deal’
Elette Benoit from Naples will be a contestant on “Let’s Make A Deal” on Wednesday.
Will she take on the big deal of the day, or face the dreaded Zonk! Viewers will have to watch at 3 p.m. on WINK.
It’s a week for Neapolitans. Songwritintg chanteuse Casey Weston, of Naples, is a conestant on the “The Voice,” which premiered Tuesday. She wasn’t in the first batch of eliminations and expects her segment to air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
10 years after: Who killed Chandra?
A decade following the tragedy that shocked the nation and dominated newspaper headlines, TLC presents “Who Killed Chandra Levy?,” an original docu-movie based on the real-life events surrounding the murder of the promising 24-year old Capitol Hill intern.
The docu-movie premieres 9 p.m., May 1, and weaves together dramatizations with original on-camera interviews; recounting the events to date surrounding Levy’s mysterious case, including her sudden disappearance; the controversial affair with U.S. Representative Gary Condit; investigators’ struggles to identify key evidence and the media frenzy that captivated the nation.
Throughout the special, viewers will hear first hand accounts from those close to the tragic event, including Levy’s Aunt Linda Katz, as well as Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz — the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists who helped break the case — and authors of “Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery.”
Not mad about you
NBC yanked “The Paul Reiser Show” after two airings: The comedy, which attempted a TV comeback for the former star of “Mad About You,” attracted a dismal 3.4 million viewers to its premiere. That same week TV’s highest-rated comedy, “Modern Family” on ABC, had 9.6 million viewers. NBC says it will air repeats of “The Office” in the time slot — Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Eastern — for the final month of the TV season.
Spaces moves to Lifetime
“Designing Spaces,” the do-it-yourself home improvement show, is moving to Lifetime Television May 6. It will air every Friday at 7:30 a.m.
Now in its eighth season, “Designing Spaces” speaks to women, enabling them with the knowledge, confidence, and guidance for tackling home improvement projects around their own homes.
The half hour show tours the country, stopping at a variety of renovation settings; guiding viewers through hands-on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects, and step-by-step home improvements. Each episode explores exciting topics and home trends to inspire viewers to take on all home improvement challenges and decorating dilemmas.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.