Celebrity series renewed by network
Golf Channel plans to tie the announcement of its second-season celebrity student to its preview coverage of the U.S. Open, running June 18-21. Selection is still in progress. “We’re trying to go entertainer,” Golf Channel senior veep of programming, production and operations Tom Stathakes told Daily Variety. “People like Larry David, Ray Romano. … We’ve had a lot of athletes that have asked to do it. Barkley was tremendous — lightning in a bottle — but I think we’re going to try to delve into a different area.” Combined with “The Golf Fix” and “Big Break,” “Haney” has helped Golf Channel double its Monday-night primetime ratings since the end of February. “Haney” also accounts for 75% of all entertainment video views at GolfChannel.com.