'INSIDE THE NFL' Touches Down at SHOWTIME
Long-Running, Award-Winning NFL Show to Premiere Wednesday, September 10
NEW YORK, June 3 -- Showtime Networks and CBS Sports are
teaming to bring the highly acclaimed and award-winning NFL studio show,
INSIDE THE NFL, to SHOWTIME. The announcement was made today by Matthew C.
Blank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc., Steve
Bornstein, Executive Vice President of NFL Media, and Sean McManus,
President, CBS News and Sports and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.
The show will be produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films and will premiere
on SHOWTIME on Wednesday, September 10 (9:00 PM, ET/PT). It will air each
Wednesday throughout the season through Wednesday, February 11, 2009.
Since its premiere in 1977, the heart of the one-hour show has been its
exclusive and award-winning inside views from NFL Films, as well as its
storied roster of talent recapping the weekend's games and previewing the
match-ups for the week ahead. The talent team for INSIDE THE NFL on
Showtime will be announced in the coming weeks.
"We welcome the NFL to the SHOWTIME family," said Blank. "We're
thrilled to be joining the successful partnership of CBS Sports and the NFL
in presenting the show to our subscribers. It's a perfect fit with our
original scripted series and sports programming."
"CBS Sports is proud to expand its association with the National
Football League and the award-winning team at NFL Films to produce INSIDE
THE NFL for Showtime," said McManus. "We look forward to bringing the show
to a new stage with a new team of talent and to continue to make history in
the style that has been recognized for more than three decades."
"It's great to develop a deeper relationship with one of our broadcast
partners, CBS Sports, and bring the Emmy Award-winning INSIDE THE NFL to
its new home on SHOWTIME," said Bornstein. "INSIDE THE NFL has set the
standard as one of the best shows on television for over 30 years and fans
will continue to enjoy the same high-quality production from NFL Films and
CBS Sports this season on SHOWTIME."
"This is the granddaddy of all highlight shows," said Steve Sabol,
President of NFL Films. "The combination of our film and game sound with
the analysis in the studio gives INSIDE THE NFL a perfect balance of action
and insight. That's why it's been so popular for so long."
Past hosts of the INSIDE THE NFL have included Chuck Bednarik, Nick
Buoniconti, Cris Carter, Cris Collinsworth, Bob Costas, Len Dawson, Jerry
Glanville, Merle Harmon, Jimmy Johnson, Peter King, Dan Marino and Al