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Versus To Launch Highlight, Discussion Show Dubbed "NHL Overtime"

Versus is "rolling out a new late-night TV hockey show" called "NHL Overtime," according to Michael McCarthy of USA TODAY. The one-hour show will premiere Nov. 15 and "will take over the Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. ET time slot" previously occupied by "The Daily Line." It will feature "game highlights, postgame player interviews, features and discussion," and will "also delve into intercollegiate and international hockey." Versus Exec VP/Programming, Production & Business Operations Marc Fein "declined to comment on air-talent for the show" (USA TODAY, 11/10). YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski reported "some of the ex-NHLers that have been featured as guest commentators" on Versus' "Hockey Central" are the "types of analysts you can expect to see" on "NHL Overtime." The show will air on "nights when the network isn't carrying an NHL game," and will differ from "Hockey Central," the net's "postgame show on game nights." Sources indicated that "Hockey Central" remains "focused on game highlights and recaps with little room for discussion or analysis," while "NHL Overtime" seems "geared more towards 'talkin' hockey,' with debate over big issues, 'hot stove' reports on news and more in-depth coverage of that night's game." Sources said that "NHL Overtime" is "a 'desk' show rather than the kind of informal chat" on "The Daily Line" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/9). 
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