The Food Channel is releasing a WebTV video that will be of huge interest to local seafood lovers. The documentary takes a look at the future of seafood following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that occurred a year ago in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Food Channel crew shot in New Orleans, La., over a 10-day period to catch up with what is happening.
“Obviously the story that has been unfolding over the past year in the Gulf has impact on the future of our seafood,” said Kay Logsdon, editor of The Food Channel. “We found out that the oyster is one of the most impacted products of the Gulf, and we wanted to bring that story to life.”
The program, entitled “Beneath the Surface: Gulf Seafood’s Fight for Survival,” is hosted by The Food Channel ’s Andy Ford. He spent time on the oyster boats, at the shucking house, and cooking with some of New Orleans’ finest chefs while researching the short-form series.
“We uncovered a story of resiliency, combined with some of the creativity that is bringing the seafood back to the table,” said Ford. “We think it will give a different picture than a lot of the media coverage that focuses purely on the negative impact of the spill, and open people’s eyes to what the real impact is.”
The teaser is currently playing on foodchannel.com, with several segments set to air during the month of May. Additionally, features on some of the New Orleans’ restaurants, including recipes, will be available on the site.
J.O. in Naples writes, “Hi, Bill, What happened to ‘Harry’s Law’ that aired 10 p.m. Monday on NBC. Is it in hiatus or a fatality? The hackneyed repetitive ‘Law and Order LA’ is running in that day and time slot.”
While not officially renewed, “Harry’s Law” looks like a sure bet to return.
The show debuted to good ratings Jan. 17, and concluded its initial 12-episode run April 4. The fact that all 12 episodes ran is a good sign, as that’s a rarity among freshmen shows at the Peacock network.
For those not familiar, the show is from David E, Kelly (the guy behind “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” and “Boston Legal”) and stars Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn, a pot-smokin’ recently fired patent lawyer, and her group of associates as they come together to form a unique law firm/shoe store in Cincinnati.
Fans of the previously mentioned Kelly shows will most likely find some familiar elements to enjoy: Offbeat characters, liberal courtroom rants, a bar where everybody hangs out after work.
Up next for Kelly: “Wonder Woman,” this fall on NBC.
After my interview with Haley Webb, last week, several readers wrote in to voice their opinions about what’s happening at NBC-2, including some who just read for the first time about the abrupt dismissal of NBC-2 anchor Craig Wolfe, or who care about who does the weather when. Here’s a sampling:
Don in Naples writes: “What ever happened to Craig Wolf. It’s no wonder the NBC-Waterman complex is losing its grip on the Naples market if they cover up their own dirty linen.”
Malcolm writes: “As a seasonal resident here in Naples we always enjoyed Craig Wolfe and the news team. They all worked well together. Mr. Waterman and his merry little men should come clean with the public and start the ink flowing about the mysteries and secrets of his recent dismissal.”
Betty in Naples writes,” I couldn’t believe the news of the recent dismissal of anchor Craig Wolfe. NBC-2 has been my standby for all evening news programs because of the great job Craig does of keeping everything and everyone together. His educational background and experience always comes through, plus his understanding and conveying of his news material is always so professionally handled. Yes, I feel the station’s ratings will be hurt.”
Becky in Naples writes, “I was taken aback when I read in Saturday’s paper that Craig Wolfe is no longer with NBC-2. When did this happen? I was out of town for a week and a half. Perhaps it was during that time. Is he going somewhere else? I thought he certainly was professional but the past couple of years he started to give a bit of arrogance in his presentation. He seemed more mechanical. If this wasn’t done voluntarily I hope that he lands on his feet and perhaps is humbled by it. Also, I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about Webb and Van Winkle. I predominantly watch NBC, but not exclusively, and find them both quite capable no matter what the hour.”
We first reported the Wolfe dismissal on March 4, and it sent shock waves through the community. To date, neither Wolfe nor the station have offered an explanation as to why it happened. We will most likely never know.
Dr. B writes, “For whatever my two cents are worth ... I have stopped watching NBC local news since Craig Wolfe’s departure. Now watching CBS local. As for the weather folks changing, I like both, but prefer Robert evenings. Your article states Haley has been promoted to lead meteorologist for evening broadcasts. Is there a lead meteorologist over all of them at NBC?”
There really isn’t one. Most stations have a chief meteorologist, Doc, but as Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing/promotions for Waterman Broadcasting Corp., explained it a while back, the difference in their meteorologists comes down to who does administrative duties for that department. Both Robert and Haley bring different experience, credentials and approaches, and both are hugely qualified for what they do.
Another reader writes: “I am very happy to have Haley Webb back. Congratulations on her promotion. I also love watching Robert Van Winkle. He is really great. NBC is my station of choice. Craig Wolfe leaving the station, I felt very bad for him. However, the rest of the anchors are very good.”
Kathy in Naples writes: “I just finished reading your article on the return of Haley Webb. I felt the need to response. Unfortunately she is unable to fill Robert Van Winkle’s shoes. With the onset of the hurricane season, this will be a real challenge for her. Not that she is not good but he is so much better. The firing of Craig Wolfe has made an even bigger void for the evening news. That team worked well together. I watch Fox News in the mornings and I no longer watch channels 2 or 7 for the nightly news. Big mistake in my opinion.”
Bill writes: “I read your article this morning and appreciate the update on Haley. I have watched her in the 6 time frame. Am happy she is happy. What is a masters degree in broadcast meteorology? Does that mean she is a reader and not a meteorologist?”
Webb has a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems and has a master’s degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. In other words, she’s been trained in all the science stuff relating to weather AND in broadcast presentation; the ability to communicate effectively to viewers. And it shows.
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That’s all for this episode. Stay tuned for more.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.