Christi O'Connor, who came to Utah and KUTV from North Carolina just 10 months ago, has headed back to the Tar Heel state - but not because she was unhappy with anyone at Ch. 2.
The anchorwoman/reporter was recently married, and her husband works as a CPA and financial analyst in North Carolina. Not wanting a 2,000-mile commute, O'Connor has relocated back East.O'Connor's departure has meant even more work for anchor Terry Wood. He's going to be seen weekdays at 5 p.m. with Bob Evans and at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Michelle King.
Not only that, but he'll continue co-anchoring the Sunday 10 p.m. newscast for at least the next couple of months, according to KUTV news director Diane Orr.
"He really wants to re-establish himself in this market," Orr said of Wood. "It's great to have someone who's enthusiastic about working a six-day week."
NEW ANCHOR: Meanwhile, KUTV has filled the gap created when weekend anchor Alexis Fernandez left the station.
Starting this Saturday, Mary Nickles joins the Ch. 2 staff as a reporter and weekend anchor.
She has spent the 5 1/2 years since graduating from college working as an anchor, reporter, producer, editor and photographer at KNDO-TV in Yakima, Washington.
Nickles said she is "looking forward to coming to Salt Lake and getting to know the community. This is a really big jump for me and I'm really excited about working for KUTV."
And most of her colleagues will look up to her - she's 6 feet tall.
`PRINCE' STILL FRESH: To no one's surprise, NBC has announced that "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" will return for its second season this fall.
The show has proven to be rather uneven and all too prone to falling into television cliches, but the presence of rapper Will Smith in the title role has given the program enough energy for another season.
"Prince" currently ranks 38th for the season among all prime-time shows and is the highest-rated new sitcom on NBC. (With the exception of "Davis Rules" - which ranks 30th and is probably going to be canceled - it's the highest rated new sitcom period.)
Of course, that's also something of a comment on how poorly all four networks' new shows have done this season.
MASON TO TV: Marsha Mason, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards, will turn her attentions to television this fall when she stars in a half-hour comedy.
While neither title nor format for the show has been announced, there's at least a bit of hope that it will be more than just another sitcom. The producer is James Brooks, whose other shows have included "Mary Tyler Moore," "Taxi" and "Cheers," and the writer is Heidi Perlman, co-creator and writer of "The Tracy Ullman Show."
NOT MOONLIGHTING: Glenn Gordon Caron, creator and executive producer of the late "Moonlighting," has signed a deal to produce more series for ABC.
The alphabet network will have the right of first refusal on three Caron series over the next four years. No word on what he might have in mind.
But whatever it is, let's hope it has all the wit of "Moonlighting" but not of the fratricide.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: DesNews office chit-chat, after the television editor told fellow staffers that Donny Osmond is going to appear on an upcoming episode of "Parker Lewis Can't Lose":
"Oh, this is not a wise career move."
"For Parker Lewis?"