NYC Life Unveils New Programming Lineup
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Media President and General Manager Katherine Oliver unveiled the new television line-up on NYC life (Channel 25), the flagship station of NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York.
The new primetime line-up, which premieres on Monday, May 10, features nightly themes covering an array of topics, including City history, arts and culture, small businesses, children and teenagers, food and restaurants, music, LGBT culture, and others.
The expanded line-up is the result of a cost-saving strategy to air original and encore programs that capitalize on resources of other networks and independent producers.
If NYC Media were to pay for the use of the shows, the estimated cost would be $4 million. Joining the Mayor and Katherine Oliver for the announcement, which took place at the Times Square Visitor’s Center, were Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Rob-ert C. Lieber, NYC Media Chief Operating Officer Todd Asher, and the hosts, producers, and partners of NYC life’s programs.
The primetime line-up on NYC life (Channel 25) is spread across theme nights airing throughout the week: Arts, Culture and Special Presentations on Mondays; NYC History on Tuesdays; Inside Out New York on Wednesdays; All about Food on Thursdays; Entertainment on Fridays; Kids, Local, Music, and Travel on weekends.
The 15 new shows are:
TUESDAY – NYC History 9:00 p.m.: HISTORY presents City-centric documentaries that cover everything from Modern Marvels of architecture, like the Chrysler Building and the George Washington Bridge, to Sandhogs, about the hard-working men who build the tunnels under New York City.
WEDNESDAY – Inside Out NY 9:00 p.m.: Bronx Flavor with Baron Ambrosia chronicles the Baron’s mission to unveil the cultural diversity of the Bronx and its cuisine. Each episode includes a comedic plot, interviews with restaurant owners and background information about the food’s history and culture.
9:30 p.m.: New York Originals, with host Jamie McDonald, explores classic one-of-a-kind shops and mom-and-pop businesses that have stood the test of time.
11:30 p.m.: Gotham Girls Roller Derby showcases competitions featuring New York City’s only women’s roller derby league. The skater-operated, not-forprofit league is comprised of strong, diverse, and independent women from throughout the City.
THURSDAY – All About Food 9:30 p.m.: Table for Two Steves…Steve Schirripa’s Hungry is a guided tour by the actor/foodie to his favorite iconic restaurants to learn about Italian cuisine while preparing the chef’s signature meal. Steve invites people off the street to share their Italian cuisine experiences and dine with him. In the same half hour,
Beyond the Dish with Stephen Fried features some of the most renowned chefs in New York City. Food loving, vespa-cruising host Fried takes viewers behind the scenes of the chef’s dish and their kitchen and to the markets where they shop for ingredients.
10:00 p.m.: Cooking with Joe Tuna, the only latenight cooking show around, brings viewers inside the Fulton Fish Market as Joe Tuna shares his favorite recipes for shrimp, salmon, catfish and, of course, tuna.
FRIDAY – Entertainment 9:00 p.m.: Reel Works with Byron Hurt showcases personal documentaries made by New York City teenagers. Hosted by filmmaker Byron Hurt, each episode consists of sev eral short films connected by a common theme and features conversations with the teen filmmakers and their professional mentors.
SATURDAY – Kids, Local, Travel 9:00 a.m. Small Factory Flicks presents cartoons made for kids BY kids. Real life Hosts Kylin (12) and Molly (8 introduce NYC life’s kid viewers to cartoons that use the latest cool technology, mashed up art, music and storytelling.
The future of cartoons is being made here and now by Small Factory’s kids!
11:30 a.m.: Only in NY, an NBC New York Nonstop production, explores new places to visit and interest ing people to meet in the City.
12 Noon: Talk Stoop invites celebrities and news makers for a chat on host Cat Greenleaf’s Brooklyn stoop in this NBC New York Nonstop original series
12:30 p.m.: Inside Weddings provides tips on every thing related to “the big day” – from the gowns to the catering and all the other choices in between.
During the day and early evening, NYC life offers a variety of programs for New Yorkers and their fam ilies, including shows that focus on education and children, family, NYC-centric, food and health, sen iors, local and economic focus, international perspec tives and world news. Each night NYC life is proud to present a block of international news – BBC World News, RAI Italian News, France 24, and US Polsat Polish News. NYC life is the only place to watch BBC World News three times a day (7:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m.) on broadcast television in the City.
Throughout the week, NYC life also airs various in terstitial programs that focus on City services and local, cultural events.