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MSG Network Show Returns to Debate ‘Best New York Movies’

For the next two weeks, 11:00 p.m. weeknights, The Lineup: Best NY Movies on MSG will run down a gargantuan group of worthy candidates. On tonight’s debut, the show’s latest panel featuring movie critic Jeffrey Lyons, actor John Leguizamo, filmmakers Ed Burns and Spike Lee join host Fran Healy to evaluate Manhattan-set gangster movies.

MSG Network's "The Lineup"

The first revelation of tonight’s program is that actor Dylan McDermott does a pretty good Marlon Brando/Don Vito Corleone impression. There’s also a good debate about which is better – The Godfather or The Godfather: Part II.

The Lineup: Best NY Movies is the fourth go-round for the Emmy-winning program. The show previously looked at NYC’s best baseball players, baseball deals and sports movies. Here’s the full schedule:

Monday, March 3: Gangster
Tuesday, March 4: Comedy
Wednesday, March 5: Action
Thursday, March 6: Drama (Part 1)
Friday, March 7: Thriller

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Fran Healy Celebrates Quarter-Century of Interviewing on MSG’s Halls of Fame

“I thought it was going to [last] like a year or two,” Fran Healy, host of MSG’s Halls of Fame, tells FishbowlNY.

Instead, the 30-minute sports interview program is still going strong at 25 years. As the title indicates, Healy does a one-on-one with athletes who have been enshrined in their sports’ Halls of Fame. Occasionally, Healy will interview those “sure fire” Hall candidates (such as Greg Maddux) while still playing.

A one-time Yankee player and longtime broadcaster, Healy’s early guests on the show have a bust in Cooperstown. Before long, Healy branched out to cover NBA, NFL, and NHL greats.

Last month, it came full circle for Healy. He sat down with Ann Meyers-Drysdale, the widow of Don Drysdale, who was his first interviewee in 1988.

“I believe they’re the only husband-wife in their respective Halls of Fame,” Healy says.

Healy estimated that he conducted between 300 and 500 interviews for Halls.

“I never tallied it up, how about that one?” Healy laughs.

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MSG Fuels Fire For Some Great Baseball Debate with New Episodes of The Lineup

On set with Healy, Kaplan, LaRussa, and Boras

MSG Network unveiled the latest installment of its three-time Emmy winning series The Lineup. The new series airs on eight consecutive nights beginning Sunday at 10, and focuses on the Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball.

FishbowlNY attended a party at the MSG Network this week to usher in the miniseries.

Host Fran Healy, who won a ring with the Yankees in 1977, knows a thing or two about trades.

“If it’s a bad trade for the Yankees and they win the World Series, everybody forgets it,” Healy says. “Unfortunately, for the Mets they didn’t win that many World Series.”

Healy, the longtime MSG talent, is joined on the panel by future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa, sports agent Scott Boras, and baseball historian Dave Kaplan.

“If you’re going to rate the Best and Worst of New York Baseball, you’re going to need a panel of experts, in fact you’re going to need a panel of real experts,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks, as he introduced the on-air team.  ”And that’s exactly what The Lineup has to offer.” Read more

MSG Plus Offers Coverage to Celebrate Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions

On Saturday, Cooperstown, New York holds its annual party–hosting the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Also tomorrow, MSG Plus pays homage to baseball’s special day with a marathon of original series Halls of Fame. The lineup concludes with episodes dedicated to this year’s class: Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.

The marathon, hosted by Fran Healy, includes profiles of Brooklyn Dodger great Duke Snider, pitching sensation Catfish Hunter of the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees, and Yankees legendary shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto.

The Halls of Fame marathon begins at 12:30 p.m. honoring 1984 honoree Harmon Killebrew, who died in March.