or


[06/10/09 - 09:20 AM]
Mlb Network to Broadcast Reality Series the Pen Following Philadelphia Phillies Bullpen
The six-episode series will premiere Sunday, June 14 at 8:00/7:00c.

[via press release from MLB Network]

MLB Network to broadcast reality series The Pen following Philadelphia Phillies bullpen

Original series from MLB Productions covers players from Spring Training to All-Star Game

Secaucus, N.J., � MLB Network will televise a new reality program titled The Pen, an original series produced by MLB Productions that follows members of the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen with unprecedented access to a Major League team, which will debut on Sunday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The series, which features on-the-field and off-the-field interviews, will air for six weeks and include coverage from 2009 Spring Training to the All-Star break.

Narrated by former Phillies relief pitcher and MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams, The Pen takes a look at the players' lives following the team's 2008 World Series win and the pressures of keeping their roster spot for the 2009 team. The series features relief pitchers Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, Scott Eyre, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, and follows them to everything from fishing trips and youth baseball games to the White House for a post-World Series visit. The program also speaks with players following the sudden death of longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas on April 13.

"As a reality-based series The Pen is the ultimate look into the lives of these players, both on and off the field," said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. "So much of what we know about relief pitchers is based on statistics and saves, and a series like The Pen gives a level of familiarity to each player."

The program, a co-production between MLB Network and MLB Productions, marks the first program ever produced using a camera and microphones installed in a Major League bullpen to film in-game and practice footage. Two other cameras were installed in Citizens Bank Park � one behind home plate and one at low first base � and were controlled by MLB Network's headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. Producer Danny Field suited up as a catcher with a camera attached to his mask to capture footage during Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida.

"The Pen is a first for MLB Productions, as we have never had such continued open access to one team's players during Spring Training and the regular season," said David Gavant, Executive in charge of Production and Vice President, MLB Productions. "Our goal was to shed light on the pressure-filled lives these players live on the field and how they unwind off the field."

The Pen was produced by MLB Productions. Gary Waksman is the Lead Producer, Danny Field is the Associate Producer, and David Check is the Executive Producer. The Pen is the third series produced by MLB Network and MLB Productions, following Prime 9 and Baseball Seasons.

MLB Network's broadcast schedule for The Pen appears below. Prior to each new episode, the previous week's episode will air in its entirety.

THE PEN BROADCAST SCHEDULE (all times Eastern):

June 14 - 8:00 p.m. Debut, Episode One

June 21 - 9:00 p.m. Episode Two

June 28 - 8:30 p.m. Episode Three

July 12 - 8:30 p.m. Episode Four

July 19 - 8:30 p.m. Episode Five

July 26 - 8:30 p.m. Finale, Episode Six

MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history and is currently available in approximately 52 million cable and satellite homes. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information, go to mlbnetwork.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





  [june 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[06/28/17 - 10:54 AM]
"Top Gear America" Premieres Sunday, July 30, 8/7c on BBC America
William Fichtner, Antron Brown and Tom "Wookie" Ford topline the latest installment in the franchise.

[06/28/17 - 10:35 AM]
"Under the Influence" New Original Series - The Troubled Stories of Heath Ledger and River Phoenix Are the Focus of the Series Premiere on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Future episodes include Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith, John Belushi and Chris Farley and George Michael and Prince.

[06/28/17 - 10:15 AM]
"Treehouse Masters" Returns to Animal Planet for an All-New Season on August 4 at 9PM/ET
This season, Pete Nelson and his crew will take on new build locations, including Norway for their first ever international treehouse build, and a very special treehouse for singer-songwriter Grace Vanderwaal.

[06/28/17 - 10:02 AM]
Amazon Prime Video to Be Exclusive Premium Subscription Home for the CBS Series "Salvation"
Unlimited streaming and downloading of all the series' episodes will be available to Prime members four days after their initial broadcast on CBS.

[06/28/17 - 10:00 AM]
FX Networks Sets Premiere Dates for "You're the Worst" and "Better Things"
The comedies are due back Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 14 on FXX and FX, respectively.

[06/28/17 - 09:54 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils Trailer and Art for "Daughters of Destiny"
The four-part original documentary series chronicles the lives of five girls from Indian families who are among the so-called "Dalit" caste and most impoverished communities in the world.

[06/28/17 - 09:47 AM]
Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes and Cole Hauser Join the Cast of "Yellowstone"
The series is set to begin production this August in Utah and will premiere on Paramount Network in Summer 2018.

[06/28/17 - 09:30 AM]
GSN and Tornante-Sinclair Announce New Game Show "Snap Decision" Hosted by David Alan Grier
The project is a new comedy game show created by veteran producer Scott St. John that puts preconceptions, first impressions, and gut instinct to the ultimate test.

[06/28/17 - 09:30 AM]
Cory Hardrict Enlists in Crackle's New Original Drama "The Oath", Produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and His G-Unit Film and Television, Inc.
In "The Oath," Hardrict goes behind the badge as Officer Cole Hammond, a cop whose cool and composed demeanor conceals an underlying sense of paranoia.

[06/28/17 - 09:23 AM]
Velocity's "Iron Resurrection" Returns to Give New Life to Rusted Old Wrecks
Look for the first of 10 new episodes on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00/9:00c.

[06/28/17 - 09:17 AM]
The Showtime(R) Stand-Alone Streaming Service Is Now Available on Xbox One
New subscribers will be offered a 7-day free trial.

[06/28/17 - 09:00 AM]
Travel Channel Reveals 10 Secret Swimming Holes to Dive Into in Summer 2017
Said list is timed with the new season of "Top Secret Swimming Holes," premiering Sunday, July 23.

[06/28/17 - 08:59 AM]
Jodie Comer Cast in Lead Role Opposite Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve" BBC America's Next Original Scripted Series
The series is a dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down.

[06/28/17 - 08:16 AM]
CBS News to Launch "CBSN: On Assignment," A Primetime Summer Series Featuring Immersive Reports from Around The World
The series will air four consecutive Mondays and highlight CBSN's distinctive storytelling style, as reported by more than a dozen CBS News correspondents.

[06/28/17 - 07:45 AM]
Food Blogger Ali Khan Continues to Search for the Biggest Bang for His Buck on the Return of "Cheap Eats"
The series returns Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00/9:00c on Cooking Channel.