Not solely did East Catholic pitcher Frank Mozzicato and his teammates dominate Southington Monday, he additionally dominated the 11 p.m. newscasts with one exception —WTIC-TV61.
WVIT-TV30, WFSB-TV3, and WTNH-TV8 have been in Southington as Mozzicato struck out 17 batters — together with 11 in a row at one stage — en path to his second no-hitter of the season.
Granted, viewers noticed only some pitches, however that was sufficient to see how he blended his quick ball along with his change-up curve to overwhelm the beforehand undefeated Southington crew.
WTIC-TV61 viewers, nevertheless, didn’t see East Catholic and Mozzicato.
The truth is, they didn’t even see an authentic sports activities report at 10 p.m. — it was the identical report it aired at 5 p.m.
This was a uncommon regular-season recreation that felt like a state championship — No. 1 East Catholic in opposition to No. 3 Southington.
Maybe Channel 61 had some points to stay away from Southington. It’s tough to say you care about native sports activities, nevertheless, whenever you neglect the most important recreation of the season. It’s like saying you care about horse racing however don’t cowl the Kentucky Derby.
The three tales that sports activities anchor Sean Pragano did cowl have been native — the Vacationers Championship, the Hartford Yard Goats, and the Connecticut Solar.
However that’s like overlaying the Oscars and never overlaying what movie gained Greatest Image. The large native story of the day was missed.
Channel 8 even had the assets to indicate highlights of the No. 2 crew within the state, Daniel Hand of Madison.
A couple of years in the past, Channel 61 may need proven extra highlights of the massive recreation than any station.
That’s why its absence was disappointing. The station has de-emphasized sports activities on the improper time.
In some way the Hollywood International Press Affiliation screwed up.
The group’s annual get together, which usually receives nice rankings as a result of it’s the first main awards present of the yr, has simply been kicked to the curb by NBC, which televises the occasion — or used to televise the occasion. NBC introduced that it’s going to not televise the 2022 Golden Globes, claiming the Hollywood International Press Affiliation wants to wash up its act.
NBC mentioned if the affiliation behaves itself and shortly makes reforms, it’d take into account televising the festivities in 2023.
The affiliation’s issues are effectively documented. It’s 0-for-87 so far as Black membership is anxious. Eighty-seven members, no Blacks.
The group has been accused of taking members on junkets, a apply that many media members assume borders on unethical.
So NBC determined one in every of Hollywood’s greatest nights — behind the Oscars and the Emmys — will happen this yr with out the community.
When Ricky Gervais hosted the Globes, he insulted everybody. And now the insult is on the Globes.
That is paying homage to what occurred to the telecast of the Miss USA pageant which was televised by NBC and Univision.
In 2015, NBC and Univision pulled out of their take care of Miss USA after the proprietor of the pageant, Donald Trump, made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants when he introduced he was operating for president.
Trump wasn’t adversely affected by the transfer — he wound up turning into president — however the pageant misplaced some luster. In 2020, the Miss USA pageant was televised by the FYI Community — most individuals don’t know there may be an FYI Community.
Actors akin to Tom Cruise, nevertheless, are giving their trophies again, which is a nasty signal. The Globes don’t happen till January — it could be time to begin in search of an obscure community. Maybe the FYI Community has some air time on the market.
Monday was a busy day for addition and subtraction.
Coming: Chris Berman, the ESPN anchor who signed a three-year contract extension to host “NFL Prime.” It wouldn’t be ESPN with out Berman.
Going: 27-year ESPN veteran Kenny Mayne, who mentioned he was a “wage cap casualty.” That most likely means he was requested to take too large a pay lower.
Coming: “Name Me Kat,” a Fox sitcom that was renewed for a second season. The comedy was on the uninteresting aspect, however could, with a brand new present runner in cost, get livelier.
Going: “The Prodigal Son,” which was axed after two seasons by Fox. Many individuals appreciated the present, however the rankings weren’t robust sufficient for Fox to order a 3rd season.
In limbo: Fox’s “The Moodys,” which shall be returning in June, however just for three episodes. Even with Denis Leary within the forged, “The Moodys” is one in every of Fox’s lowest-rated collection.