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    MSG Network Presents: 'The Lineup: Best NY Movies'


    10-Part Series, Presented by Tri-State Ford, Featuring Ed Burns, Spike Lee, John Leguizamo, Jeffrey Lyons and Host Fran Healy as They Discussthe Best New York Movies of All-Tim

    Guest Interviews with Tracy Morgan, Liam Neeson, Ed O’Neill, Kevin Bacon, Dillon McDermott, Christie Brinkley, George Foreman, Steve Schirripa and More…

    Starts Monday, March 3 at 11:00 p.m. with All-New Episodes Premiering
    Monday-Friday for Two Weeks

    New York, NY (February 27, 2014) – MSG Network’s New York Emmy Award-winning series “The Lineup” will return next week with 10 new episodes starting Monday, March 3 at 11:00 p.m. “The Lineup: Best NY Movies,” presented by Tri-State Ford, will examine 50 movies in 10 categories that prominently feature New York City to decide the best of the best. New episodes from the series will debut Monday through Friday between March 3 and March 14. A full schedule is included below.

    Hosted by veteran broadcaster and former Yankees catcher Fran Healy, the series features an expert panel from the film industry, including three New Yorkers – two-time Academy Award-nominated director, writer and producer Spike Lee; actor, writer and director Ed Burns; and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director John Leguizamo – and acclaimed film critic Jeffrey Lyons, as they debate and ultimately decide on the top movie from the selected group of films.

    Each 30-minute episode will present five films in one of 10 categories: Gangster, Comedy, Action, Drama (Part I), Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama (Part 2), Sports, Horror and Romance. From The Godfather and Serpico to West Side Story and Ghostbusters, the films discussed total 192 Academy Award Nominations and 60 Oscar wins.

    “New York City and its iconic skyline have taken center stage in movies of all kinds for as long as film making has been around,” said Healy. “This series is certain to cause a few debates among friends and family, and I think everyone who watches will learn something new about the incredible city of New York.”

    A number of celebrities offer up their thoughts on the films throughout the series including: comedians and actors Tracy Morgan and Robert Klein; actors Liam Neeson, Ed O’Neill, Michael K. Williams, Kevin Bacon, Dillon McDermott and Steve Schirripa; former heavyweight champion George Foreman; and model Christie Brinkley.

    “The Lineup: Best NY Movies” is the fourth installment from “The Lineup” franchise. “The Lineup: New York’s All-Time Best Baseball Players” premiered in 2010, “The Lineup: Hits & Errors – The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball” made its debut in 2012 and “The Lineup: Best Sports Movies” was unveiled in 2013. Since its debut, the franchise has garnered 31 New York Emmy Award nominations and won eight times.


    Date Show Time Network
    Monday, March 3
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Gangster
    11 PM MSG
    Tuesday, March 4 The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Comedy
    10 PM MSG
    Wednesday, March 5 The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Action
    11:30 PM MSG
    Thursday, March 6
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Drama #1
    10 PM MSG
    Friday, March 7
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Thriller
    11 PM MSG
    Monday, March 10
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Sci Fi
    11 PM MSG
    Tuesday, March 11
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Drama #2
    10:30 PM MSG
    Wednesday, March 12
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Sports
    11 PM MSG
    Thursday, March 13
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Horror
    11:30 PM MSG
    Friday, March 14
    The Lineup: Best New York Movies - Romance
    11:30 PM MSG


    Gangster: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, A Bronx Tale, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas
    When Harry Met Sally, Ghostbusters, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Coming to America
    The Seven-Ups, The French Connection, Shaft (Original), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Original), Serpico
    Drama (Part 1):
    Wall Street (Original), On the Waterfront, Network, 12 Angry Men, The Sweet Smell of Success
    Taxi Driver, After Hours, Black Swann, Warriors, Inside Man, Marathon Man
    King Kong (Original), Spiderman, Escape from New York, Independence Day, The Dark Knight
    Drama (Part 2):
    Dog Day Afternoon, Do the Right Thing, Saturday Night Fever, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver
    Cinderella Man, Pride of the Yankees, Bang the Drum Slowly, Raging Bull, He Got Game
    Rosemary's Baby, The Devil's Advocate, American Psycho, Cloverfield, Wolfen
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, An Affair to Remember, Manhattan, Moonstruck, West Side Story


    John Leguizamo, Actor

    On Goodfellas:

    “That’s a great film. Scorsese said he wasn’t going to do another gangster film, but thank God he did it because it’s unbelievable. It’s one of the great gangster films.”

    On The French Connection:
    “Hackman’s got that mug. A mug like a pitbull. I love that face.”

    On Tootsie:
    “The crew would only talk to Dustin when he was in drag because he was nicer as a woman than he is as himself.”

    Tracy Morgan, Comedian/Actor

    On Ghostbusters:
    “C’mon, there’s something strange in the neighborhood? Who YOU gonna call?”

    Spike Lee, Director

    On Shaft:
    “It brought about the whole black exploitation era, which died eventually, but for many people, that was the first time they saw a black man in that role. He was kickin much arse, and he had the ladies, he had the long black leather jacket…and it had a great score. After that was Superfly…it really became the formula.”

    Jeffrey Lyons, Film Critic

    On The Taking of Pelham One Two Three:
    “That train – one, two, three – meant that it left the Pelham Bay station at 1:23pm. No train has ever been scheduled to leave the Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23am or pm since that movie.”

    On Tootsie:
    “(Dustin Hoffman) showed up at his daughter’s open school night dressed in drag as her aunt, apparently, and fooled everybody.”

    Gerry Cooney, Former Boxer

    On Serpico:
    “I had a friend in Florida who, when all that came down, he had to retire. He didn’t like Serpico that much. It’s a great testament to a guy’s will to stand up for the truth.”

    Robert Klein, Comedian/Actor

    On The French Connection:
    “Hackman’s intensity, his need to get this guy, is one of the most compelling performances I can ever remember.”