Oops! WNBC's Mistake Causes Problems for St. Louis TV Station
WNBC issued an apology for putting on their website a list of baseball players who were expected to be mentioned in the Mitchell Report. The apology was also given on air by Jonathan Dienst, who did mention they received the names from two sources.

The Fox owned and operated television station in St. Louis, KTVI, picked up on the erroneous list and lead their 11. a.m. newscast yesterday with the fact that the Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was being named. It was only revealed later that the Missouri station got their information from wnbc.com and of course Pujols wasn't named the Mitchell Report.

Merry Christmas from Fox 5
Merry_Christmas_Fox5_2007.jpg We have caught several promos on WNYW that wish viewers a Merry Christmas. It caught our attention since most stations use the generic “Happy Holidays” this time of year, except on the actual days that celebrations like Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated. We aren’t sure if it is more fodder for the Newscorp/Fox is pandering to the conservatives argument or the station being a bit old fashioned. Still it does grab your attention in a sea of Happy Holidays.

Channel Thirteen goes indie
One of the things we love about Channel Thirteen is the classic movies they show on Saturday nights - most not seen that often on television. We were a bit worried when we heard they were going to shake things up a bit, but thankfully it is a change for the better.

Instead of a pair of classic films there will be a classic movie at 9 p.m. followed by a viewer selected short then an independent film at 11 p.m. The new lineup starts on January 5th with The Paper Chase at 9 p.m., the winning short, and American Wake at 11 p.m. It seems like a good plan, especially since we’ll get the chance to see some indie films that may have flown under the radar.

But will it be popular in Germany?
If the fact that NBC is rolling out a new version of the cheesy 1980s kids show Knight Rider isn’t a sign that Hollywood is out of ideas we don’t know what is. The new version of the show involves a "Partnership with Ford Motor Company That Provides for Unique Content Opportunity", which basically means the two hour movie is going to be a big advert for Ford which will air on February 17th.

Instead of being a 1980s Pontiac Trans Am, the new KITT is a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR and will be voiced by Will Arnett, best known for playing G.O.B. on Arrested Development. The cast is rounded out by Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison, plus there will be an appearance by David Hasselhoff star of the original show. Hopefully they are going for a "so bad it is good" vibe with the whole thing since it really sounds like it is going to be a train wreck of a two hour Ford commercial.

Quick Flips
According to the Daily News, Fox 5s weekend sportscaster Reischea Canidate is heading to ESPN where she will start early next year. She has been with WNYW since 2002.

Thanks to the WGA strike, the Television Critics Association is not going to hold their annual January meeting where the various television networks make presentations to critics from throughout North America.

Noteworthy Television This Weekend:
A New York Holiday (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., WABC 7) Channel 7 takes a look at the holiday season in the city.

60 Minutes (Sunday, 7:00 p.m., WCBS 2) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is interviewed by Katie Couric in the wake of the baseball steroids scandal.