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MSG Network Previews Knicks Season Amid Brooklyn Nets Groundswell

The folks at MSG Network had a full court press last night to usher in the Knicks 2012-13 season. A media party was held at Walt “Clyde” Frazier‘s Wine and Dine just blocks away from Madison Square Garden.

There are likely several reasons for the excitement. For starters, there is an entire NBA season on the schedule. Last season’s lockout kept games scrubbed until Christmas Day. MSG announcers, who were in attendance with the exception of lead TV play-by-play voice Mike Breen, and occasional Knicks studio host Bill Pidto, are excited about this season.

Alan Hahn, a longtime beat writer, starts his second full-time season as MSG studio analyst. He declared last night that there are no more “next years” for the Knicks. He said there is anticipation that “next year” is finally here.

And the other reason for the Knicks buildup is the elephant in the room. This town belongs to the Knicks, but the Nets have owned the press. They made the highly publicized move from New Jersey to Brooklyn during the off-season. Fittingly, the Nets open their Brooklyn digs with their regular season opener Thursday night on TNT, of course against the Knicks.

Frazier sat down with FishbowlNY. Here are his thoughts about the Nets overshadowing the Knicks.
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MSG Set to Televise 70 Regular Season Knick Games

While all eyes are locked on the Nets arrival in Brooklyn, there is another team ready to start the season.

The Knicks kick off the 2012-13 edition of the NBA schedule and, of course, MSG is the home to most of the action. The regional sports network will televise 70 regular season games starting with the Knicks’ home opener vs. the World Champion Heat November 2.

In addition to the home opener, MSG carries 13 games in November, eight featuring playoff teams from last season.

Mike Breen will return to courtside with long-time partner, Knicks analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Knicks cablecasts on MSG will also include courtside reporter Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin as feature reporter and host of halftime’s “A New York Minute.” Al Trautwig will serve as host of Knicks telecasts for home games and Bill Pidto will handle host responsibilities for road games. Alan Hahn returns for his second season as a Knicks studio analyst.

MSG will also cover the entire six game pre-season schedule starting with the Knicks at the Wizards in Washington on October 11.

TNT has the opening night matchup as the Knicks travel across the East River to face the Nets, the first major league team in Brooklyn since 1957.

MSG Plans Extensive Coverage of Knicks Playoff Run

The Knicks flip the switch on their playoff push with their first round encounter starting tomorrow against the Heat in Miami. MSG offers fans post-game coverage following each game.

MSG will broadcast Games 2, 3, and Games 5 and 6 (if necessary) of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Game 2 on MSG is Monday night at 7 p.m.

Games on MSG will be preceded by a 60-minute pre-game show, Knicks Game Night.

MSG’s telecasts will feature Mike Breen and Walt Frazier courtside as play-by-play man and analyst, respectively. Tina Cervasio will report from the sideline for all MSG games and Jill Martin will contribute for all games at the Garden. MSG’s studio crew for the first round of the playoffs will include hosts Al Trautwig and Bill Pidto, and analysts Bernard King, Kelly Tripucka and Alan Hahn.

A Party for Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor; Katie Couric Holds Court

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It’s been a pretty wild winter at Michael’s. Far from suffering from the seasonal doldrums, the place has been operating on full tilt every Wednesday with a fresh array of A-listers that always make for some pretty good people watching. Today was no exception.

Besides the jam packed dining room filled with boldface names, Peggy Siegal was hosting a party for Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt to celebrate the release of their latest picture, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. I caught up with Emily (I loved her scene-stealing turn with Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada) when we both stopped by Katie Couric‘s table to say hello. “It is a bit unusual,” Emily said when I asked her about the movie’s quirky title. “I’m hoping that it will make people want to check it out and see what it’s really all about. It’s really a lovely love story.” I saw the trailer, I told her, and it does look pretty romantic. “It is! I hope people will like it.” Emily has been making the rounds to promote the film and has a funny Q&A in this week’s New York magazine where she talks about she and her husband, John Krasinski (the cute guy on The Office) being neighbors with Jimmy Kimmel. Everyone, it seems, loves her hubby including Katie. “He’s just so adorable,” Katie told Emily, who could hardly disagree.

Katie Couric with Ewan McGregor and a host of well-wishers.

I was joined today by Bravo’s newest reality star, matchmaker Lori Zaslow, whose show Love Broker premiered this week, Bravo’s SVP of Communications Jennifer Geisser, and communications manager Ryan McCormick. I caught Lori’s first show and her Monday night appearance on Watch What Happens Live! A new Bravolebrity is born!

The White Plains native and former executive recruiter started her matchmaking business, Project Soulmate, in 2009 with childhood friend Jennifer Zucher and wasn’t looking for TV fame when Bravo came calling. Andy Cohen loved her “big personality” and was determined to get her on-air. ”Bravo loves the love space,” Lori told me. After an eight-month courtship, she finally relented and agreed to do the show. The series was shot in eight weeks last summer. Lori admitted being a little nervous about seeing the finished product. Based on  the first episode, it seems she had nothing to worry about. In the days since the premiere, she’s been deluged with calls from folks looking to make a love connection, including plenty of mothers looking to find mates for their sons. Says Lori, “I realize just how good this could be for our business.” Yup.

The married Manhattan mother of two told me that she’s always been a “natural connector” matching friends, family and strangers with potential mates, ‘Mommy’ friends, nannies and even housekeepers. But she’s clearly most passionate about helping people find love. “No one can’t live without love. It’s scientifically proven that married men live 10 years longer than single men,” she says. “Why isn’t love put first in people’s lives? Today people are working so hard on their lives and careers, but they don’t make time for love. It’s all about striking the right balance.” Lori works exclusively with New York clients, so I asked her why it’s so hard to find the right person in Manhattan. “It’s so easy to meet people here, but it’s really hard to connect,” she explained. “There are too many distractions.” That’s where she comes in. Most of her clients (“98 percent”) are men, and she needs “20 times the amount of women” in order to find the right mate for those looking for love. How does she do it? ”I’m fearless when it comes to love,” she says.  ”I will always go up to anyone who looks interesting and ask, ‘Are you single?’ Most people are flattered. Who wouldn’t want to meet someone great if they’re looking?”

Lori says that there is no bad place to meet “your soul mate” —  it’s just a matter of being open to the experience. The gym, Whole Foods on Sunday nights when most men do their shopping, and even jury duty are fertile ground. Just don’t go looking in places where you wouldn’t ordinarily go. ”Don’t join a runners’ club if you hate running,” she advises. “Like goes to like. Be who you are. Enjoy yourself and enjoy your life.”

Here’s a rundown on today’s crowd:

1. HollywoodLife.com editor in chief Bonnie Fuller and PMC vice chairman Gerry Byrne. In attendance: BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti, Ann Lawlor, The Weinstein Company’s Meryl Poster, fashionista Fern Mallis, Mesa Global’s Mark Patricof, style expert Jill Martin, AdWeek‘s Lisa Granatstein and HollywoodLife.com publisher Carlos Lamadrid.

2. Terry McDonnell and CBS News This Morning‘s Gayle King

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, who was brandishing a cane. A little birdie told me the mayor was hobbled by too much bronco busting. Be careful out there!

4. Wowowow.com’s Joni Evans and Liz Smith. Great to see you!

Katie Couric and Cindi Berger
Katie Couric and Cindi Berger

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Knicks Roll Out Blue Carpet For the Lakers Tomorrow Night

Some things never change at Madison Square Garden. Buzz will be in the air when the Los Angeles Lakers make their one appearance of the season at 7th Avenue and 33rd Street.

With that in mind, MSG will have a special edition of Knicks Blue Carpet beginning at 7 p.m.

Several former Knick stars, will walk the “runway” to the World’s Most Famous Arena. Some of the newly crowned Super Bowl winning Giants will also attend the game.

Bill Pidto, Kelly Tripucka, and Alan Hahn host Blue Carpet in the MSG studios, while Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin interview the celebrities arriving for the exciting matchup.

Basking in the big night, Super Bowl champs Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs; supermodel Kate Upton; actors Billy Crudup, Chase Crawford, and Dylan McDermott; Al Roker; and famed Knicks from yesteryear: Allan Houston, Bernard King, Larry Johnson, Anthony Mason, John Starks, and Herb Williams.

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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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