5 Pitches For Shows The NHL Network Needs to Develop
November 11, 2009 7 Comments
(Editor’s Note: Hey, we got the logo! Thanks Schuyler Baehman!)
As you all by now know, we thoroughly approve of the NHL Network. We love knowing that no matter what happens, we will turn to that channel at any time of day and see something we want to see, because it’s about hockey, and hockey is perfect to us. Yet, still, there are sometimes when we know NHL Net could be showing me something better than Top 10 Right Wingers of the 1990’s or an NHL Live encore. So, looking around the sports TV landscape, we give you five potential ideas the NHL Network can steal:
1. Hotstove Weekly/Daily – Though every casual fan tunes into Hockey Night in Canada to check out what ol’ Grapes is going to yammer about this week, but every hardcore puckhead salivates at the potential upbringings on CBC’s Satellite Hotstove. Forget the fact that Milbury’s useless “pansification” rants are ruining the segment and Al Strachan’s banter with him, now gone, was the only thing that kept it tolerable. This could absolutely work as a daily show, as evidenced by the fact that Ron MacLean and co. are always running out of time. Could be seen as the hockey person’s smarter answer to Pardon the Interruption, with acutal potential information. Downside could be how much it’d cost.
2. The Hockey News Live! – This is based on a daily show of varying titles (Daily News Live, San Francisco Chronicle Live, Washington Post Live) that air on Comcast Sportsnet affiliates five days a week in the states. Basically, you sit down a bunch of writers together in the studio to debate the day’s issues. Less rumor based talk, more chatting about what’s coming up that night. Could serve as a great lead-in to On the Fly, or…
3. A Real Live Pre-Game Show – In my estimation, NHL On the Fly has 10-15 people rotating in and out of it’s studio during any given month. Put them all to work. Send them out to each game site for that night (or at least most of them) to provide a rinkside view of what’s going on. Similar to what Football Night in America does. You can use play-by-play/color men from each team if you want, like the NHL.com pre-game show did during the playoffs. This is easy.
4. The Hull/Roenick Show – This could be seen by some NHL fans as pandering to the “yell at you instead of debate politely” kind of TV, but darnit, the NHL Network could use something somewhat hard-hitting every now and then. How about two of the most entertaining hockey players of the last 20 years debating what’s going on in the game? Oh, JR’s got Dancing with the Stars today? Aw, ask Mike Milbury or Pierre McGuire if he can fill in.
5. Emrick’s Angle – One of the most entertaining, if old-school features of NHL.com was play-by-play man (and Puck the Media’s favorite) Mike “Doc” Emrick’s commentaries and storytelling each Friday in the form of “Emrick’s Angle”. Well, how about a TV version. Similar to a show on MSG in New York called “The Vault” (Where old clips of Madison Square Garden events are shown) it’d feature Emrick sifting through NHL history, with complete access to anything he needs, to tell the stories he finds interesting.
All of these could be great (or horrible) television. Tell you what, NHL Net, if these shows happen to show up in the future, well, I’ll look the other way.