Jim Williams: Sports Junkies headed for TV with 'Table Manners'

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One of Washington's most consistently entertaining morning shows has been "The Sports Junkies," heard weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 ?a.m. on 106.7 the Fan. John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop and John-Paul Flaim have created their brand and developed a large and loyal fan base throughout the region for more than a decade.

As is often the case, what is successful on radio finds its way to TV. Comcast SportsNet and the Sports Junkies have come together to craft "Table Manners," launching Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. New episodes will debut Tuesdays in February and March, with multiple encores throughout the week.

The show will give fans a chance to enjoy a dinner conversation between the Junkies and a high-profile guest as they discuss a variety of topics and engage in the hosts' trademark style of storytelling, irreverent dialogue and humorous banter over a meal at the Palm restaurant. Eric Bickel recently spoke about what we can expect from "Table Manners."

Tell me about "Table Manners."

Bickel »

What I like about the show is that we get out of the studio and have a chance to do a long-form chat with one guest. The key to the show is that it's much more of a conversation and a great deal less of an interview. With that type of a format, there is a free-flowing dialog that allows for guests to be more comfortable and really share more with us than they might do in a traditional interview. The format also plays to our strengths of being spontaneous and saying what is on our minds.

What guests will we see on the show?

Bickel » It is a very diverse guest list to be sure, and I like that a lot. We will talk with NBC Sports hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick and Pro Football Hall of Famer and former U.S. congressman Steve Largent, to name a few. So the guest list we have runs the gamut, but the variety I think only adds to the quality of the show.

CSN has given you strong support on this show.

Bickel » They have been outstanding from the moment we started talking about the show with [CSN Mid-Atlantic president] Rebecca Schulte. The production crew is outstanding, and the people at the Palm at Tysons are letting us use this beautiful backroom, which is the perfect setting for the show.

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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