May 09, 2011 3:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Golf Channel Adds David Feherty Interview Series
Golf Channel has picked up a 12-part interview series from no-holds-barred personality David Feherty.
The announcement marks the first original series created under the joint venture with the NBC Sports Group, a result of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Feherty, which features interviews, observations and stories hosted by the Ireland-born golfer-turned-analyst/author, bows June 21 at 9 pm.
“This show is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I'm glad it’s found a home at Golf Channel,” Feherty said in a statement. “I attended my first-ever production meeting too, and I wish I'd paid attention because I've ended up like Lee Trevino on a lawnmower, you know ... like it doesn't look wrong, but you know that somehow it is. But I’m generally overjoyed, so much so that I may have to cheer down, rather than up. I think I'm tripolar.”
The Golf Channel’s senior vp programming, production and operations Tom Stathakes added, “Behind [Feherty’s] quirky persona is a man of high intelligence who has a keen feel for the common touch.”
In recent years, Feherty has garnered as much attention for his unabashed candor as he has for his on-course reporting, Golf Magazine columns and best-selling books, including A Nasty Bit of Rough, Somewhere in Ireland a Village Is Missing an Idiot, An Idiot for All Seasons and David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup.
The half-hour show will serve up sit-downs with athletes as well as brand-name politicians and entertainers. In addition to the eponymous show, Feherty will serve as a contributing analyst during the network’s “Live From” coverage of the sport’s major events.