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The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.



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Series cast summary:
 Leon Taylor 11 episodes, 2003
 Kelvin 'Buffalo' James 11 episodes, 2003
 Derek McConnell 11 episodes, 2003
 Gene Wilbanks 11 episodes, 2003
 Phil Chambers 11 episodes, 2003
 Coach Rudman 9 episodes, 2003
 Robin Taylor 8 episodes, 2003
 Thad Guerwitcz 9 episodes, 2003
 Samantha Lovett 7 episodes, 2003
Orlando Bowen
 Dr. Gatewood 6 episodes, 2003
 Guard Dog Fredericks 5 episodes, 2003
Michael Miller
Joseph Pierre
Tacquira LaTouche ...


The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.

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If all you see is the athlete, open your eyes.


Crime | Drama | Sport



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26 August 2003 (USA)  »

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A pálya királyai  »

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In 2004, ESPN cancelled the show following pressure applied by their television partner the National Football League. The show focused on the trials and tribulations of a professional football team. See more »


Referenced in Collateral (2004) See more »

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The NFL needs to let broadcasters be broadcasters
22 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

A true surprise from ESPN. Playmakers may not have portrayed the image ESPN's partner the National Football League (NFL) wants to market but, for the first time since North Dallas Forty, we have a glimpse of players life from something other than the carefully crafted image the League markets. The players, we as fans religiously follow, are more than just Gladiators, they are people. They are people who have real lives off the field and real issues to deal with. They aren't just lures to get us to watch commercials, they are human beings. Just like the rest of us, some are better than others. This show was and is definitely worth watching. That wasn't why it was cancelled. It was cancelled because the NFL found the series to be more realistic than it cares to admit. In an age of trash and copy cat redundancies, Playmakers offered it's viewers an original, smartly written, quality drama based on the trials and tribulations of an imaginary football team. In only eleven episodes before being cancelled the show won an award for the American Film Institute Top 10 TV Programs of the Year. In an age where the critics and the populous rarely agree on what is good TV. Here we had a show that had good ratings and was critically acclaimed yet, it was cancelled. Was this a case of art imitating life too closely for the comfort of the NFL big wigs? If not, you explain why this show is no longer on the air. Here's a theory, the NFL needs to stop practicing censorship and concentrate on producing a quality product where the term, 'Any given Sunday' continues to apply. And allow its broadcast partners to be broadcasters and create quality programming.

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