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‘Last Chance U’ Review: Netflix Series Proves That Football and TV Are Still a Perfect Match

21 July 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Chance U,” like any other show worth a sophomore season, carefully approaches both past and present. The East Mississippi Community College Lions, the football team profiled in the first season of the Netflix documentary series, are back again, but this new round of stories lives in the shadow of those that came before. This sequel keeps the established skeleton of a fall slate of games, brings back some beloved characters and checks in on departed favorites. The subject may be sports, but this is as TV as TV gets.

The show’s second season, tracking Emcc’s 2016 season, has the added layer of self-awareness. As a town shy of 1,000 people, director Greg Whiteley’s Netflix series has now created an identity for Scooba, Mississippi, one that not all its citizens are particularly happy with. Football players are never just football players, especially at any level above Pop Warner. But »

- Steve Greene

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‘Last Chance U’ Review: Netflix Series Proves That Football and TV Are Still a Perfect Match

21 July 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Chance U,” like any other show worth a sophomore season, carefully approaches both past and present. The East Mississippi Community College Lions, the football team profiled in the first season of the Netflix documentary series, are back again, but this new round of stories lives in the shadow of those that came before. This sequel keeps the established skeleton of a fall slate of games, brings back some beloved characters and checks in on departed favorites. The subject may be sports, but this is as TV as TV gets.

The show’s second season, tracking Emcc’s 2016 season, has the added layer of self-awareness. As a town shy of 1,000 people, director Greg Whiteley’s Netflix series has now created an identity for Scooba, Mississippi, one that not all its citizens are particularly happy with. Football players are never just football players, especially at any level above Pop Warner. But »

- Steve Greene

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‘Hard Knocks’: HBO & NFL Ink Four-Year Extension, Set 2017 Premiere Date

3 April 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It’s Opening Day for Major League Baseball, but the NFL grabbed a headline of its own today. The league’s NFL Media and NFL Films has agreed with HBO Sports on a four-year extension for the premium cabler to continue running Hard Knocks, the popular training-camp docuseries that launched in 2001 and has aired annually since 2007. The parties also announced an August 8 premiere for the 2017 edition, but a team yet to be selected. Last year’s program, which followed the… »

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‘All Or Nothing’ Renewed For Season 2 On Amazon; La Rams Featured

31 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Get ready for more of All or Nothing. Amazon said today that it has ordered a second season of the NFL Films-produced docuseries that will follow the Los Angeles Rams during their inaugural return-to-SoCal season in 2016. All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams, which promises “access to an NFL season unlike any that's been captured on screen,” will run exclusively on Amazon Prime. No premiere date was announced. "All or Nothing brings Amazon Prime members a… »

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Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ Season 2 to Focus on Los Angeles Rams’ 2016 Season

31 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon announced Friday that it has greenlit a second season of the NFL Films-produced series “All or Nothing,” with the new season set to focus on the Los Angeles Rams’ 2016 season.

Subscribers will get to see the Rams’ entire 2016 season, which began with their relocation back to Los Angeles from St. Louis and culminated with the hiring of a new head coach and preparations for the 2017 season. The first season of the series followed the Arizona Cardinals as they fought their way to the Nfc Championship game against the Carolina Panthers in 2015.

“‘All or Nothing’ brings Amazon Prime members a deep dive into the lives of professional athletes,” said Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted for Amazon Originals. “We are excited to highlight the La Rams in season two, a team with a compelling story of relocation, rebuilding and reuniting with the city they once again call home.”

Produced by NFL Films, “All or Nothing »

- Joe Otterson

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Canada's Mary Ann Turcke Joins NFL as President, Digital Media and NFL Network

27 February 2017 2:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The National Football League has tapped top Canadian broadcaster Mary Ann Turcke to build its presence in the digital space.

Turcke on Monday stepped down as president of Bell Media, Canada's top media giant, to join the NFL as president, digital media and NFL Network, based in Los Angeles and reporting to NFL executive vp media Brian Rolapp as the league grows its live-streaming and mobile streaming efforts.

"We are delighted to have an individual of Mary Ann's talent and expertise joining the NFL to lead the NFL Network, NFL Films and our digital and technology groups across the organization," »

- Etan Vlessing

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‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Hard Knocks,’ ‘The Voice’ Win Reality Breakthrough Awards

17 January 2017 11:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Miami — ABC’s “Shark Tank,” NBC’s “The Voice” and HBO’s “Hard Knocks” earned the top series prizes at the third annual Reality Breakthrough Awards.

The kudos were handed out Tuesday at a luncheon ceremony held as part of the Natpe conference in Miami. “Fuller House” star Bob Saget hosted at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

True to form, Saget left the off-color jokes fly. He likened the titles of the shows nominated in the unstructured reality category to his first marriage, noting that the relationship started began as “Deadliest Catch” and wound up leaving him “Naked and Afraid.”

The Voice” earned the award for reality-competition series and “Voice” veteran Blake Shelton won for reality personality. “Voice” producer Mark Burnett also grabbed the win in the structured reality series category for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Hard Knocks,” produced by NFL Films, was recognized for unstructured reality series. NFL Films exec Ken Rodgers dedicated the award to the late »

- Cynthia Littleton

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