ESPN TO ROLL OUT NEW SHOWS
I’m not sure there is anything that can compare to the fine sports journalism done by HBO on “Real Sports”. But ESPN is looking to try. From Variety:
ESPN has greenlit a number of new projects, including a “60 Minutes” style magazine show and a feature-length docu on Bobby Valentine, the colorful former Major League manager.
The hourlong show, titled “ESPN Reports,” will combine in-depth reporting with ESPN’s trademark gloss.
“We want to make it a fast-paced and young-skewing newsmagazine,” said David Burson, ESPN’s executive veep of program planning and development. “We want it to be investigative but we don’t anticipate 15-20-minute segments.”
Included in the mix will be athlete profiles, topical pieces and investigative journalism, Burson said. Net will deploy a number of its reporters for the series, including Jeremy Schaap, Rachel Nichols, Tom Farrey, Lisa Salters and Michael Smith.
ESPN has the topical studio gabfest “Outside the Lines” but has never done a issue-driven show with reporting from the field.
While I’ll certainly watch this new show, I doubt it will compare to “Real Sports”. ESPN is so entwined with the NBA, NFL and MLB that I don’t see them rocking the boat. At least we didn’t see the names Chris Berman or Stuart Scott in the article.