Beginning Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet is debuting New England Football Night, a new night of on-air and online football coverage featuring three distinct shows that cover the Patriots from every conceivable angle.
Each Thursday night will lead with a new Comcast SportsNet original production – Quick Slants - which will give CSNNE.com’s Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran a weekly chance to sound off on the Patriots and interact with fans on the week’s hottest NFL topics.
Quick Slants will highlight Curran’s experience covering the Patriots and his passion for talking football. Curran will share his insights, spar with fans, and speak each week with Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. Quick Slants will also feature CSNNE.com’s Mary Paoletti, who will incorporate web coverage of the NFL, fan Tweets, CSNNE.com and Facebook posts, and text messages into the show.
Following Quick Slants is a totally redesigned Patriots Football Weekly (PFW) that will bring to life the publication’s insider coverage of the three-time Super Bowl Champions. Shot entirely on-location at Gillette Stadium, Comcast SportsNet will make Patriots Football Weekly a highly visual and compelling TV news magazine show that focuses solely on the Patriots’ players and coaches.
The 2010 edition of PFW features an all new look to showcase the top stories from the pages of the popular team publication and the contributions of Fred Kirsch, Paul Perillo and Andy Hart. As a weekly publication, PFW is well regarded by Patriots fans for its insider access and comprehensive coverage. PFW can be seen each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Completing the night is New England Tailgate hosted by WEEI afternoon host Glenn Ordway and featuring two NFL standouts Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. Each week, Smerlas and DeOssie will use their NFL experience to provide an in-depth breakdown on each Patriots win and loss and a detailed preview of the upcoming game.
Following Quick Slants’ completion, Curran and Paoletti will interact with fans on CSNNE.com throughout PFW and New England Tailgate. During the on-line version of Quick Slants, Patriots fans can chat with Curran and Paoletti and react to PFW and New England Tailgate with Tweets, posts and text messages. Curran will also highlight the best online feedback with live Quick Slants television cut-ins during the remaining hour of New England Football Night.
Fans can interact with Quick Slants by Tweeting @TomECurran, posting comments at CSNNE.com, posting Facebook comments on Facebook/CSNNE or texting.
I didn’t see the names “Michael Felger” or “Ron Borges” or “Gary Tanguay” listed with any of these shows, so to me, that’s a win for Patriots fans right there.
I’m intrigued by the new Curran show, as he’s got the ability to the informative and also engaging and funny. The PFW and Tailgate shows have both been around (off and on in the case of PFW) for awhile, so we know what to expect there. They’re solid shows.
I think if these shows can stick to football and avoid some of the other nonsense that tends to surround this team, this could be a very good night of programming for Patriots fans. I’m eager to check it out.