On Monday night, we headed west to Hudson Terrace to join the festivities celebrating the launch of WNBC’s new afternoon live local lifestyle show, “LX New York.”
The show debuted live on channel 4 at 5pm on Monday, with senior vice president of LX.TV Morgan Hertzan and on-air talent Sara Gore, Siafa Lewis, Michael Flocker, George Oliphant and Maria Sansone heading over to the party afterward to celebrate and sip Absolut cocktails on the open air roof deck.
Hertzan told us that he thought the first show went on without a hitch, even though launching a live show is always nerve-wracking. “Live is the only way to go,” he said.
We also learned that Gore, who appeared on “Today” Monday morning to promote “LX New York,” was a chef before she became the bubbly host that we know her to be today. When we asked her where she got the recipe for the steak she cooked with Al Roker that morning, she boasted, “It’s mine!” (Check out the video below.)
So what did Gore, who now hosts three LX.TV lifestyle shows, think of the “LX New York” premiere episode?
“There were a few things I wish had gone more smoothly,” she said. “But it was the first show and it was live, and now we know what we can work on.”
Also spotted in the crowd, Olivia Metzger of talent agency CAA and two former TVNewser editors, The New York Times‘ Brian Stelter and Mediaite.com TV editor Steve Krakauer.
More pictures after the jump
The view of the roof deck at Hudson Terrace on Monday night
Senior Vice President and General Manager of LX.TV Morgan Hertzan welcomes guests
“LX New York” co-host Siafa Lewis and his wife.
“LX New York” correspondents George Oliphant and Maria Sansone
And the video of chef Sara Gore cooking on the “Today” show: