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[05/21/20 - 01:34 PM]
ESPN Sees "The Last Dance" Audience Skyrocket with Time-Shifted/On-Demand Viewing; Now Averaging More than 12.8 Million Viewers per Episode, Up 128% from Premieres
ESPN further spins the numbers for the series to date.

[05/19/20 - 02:06 PM]
ABC to Present Encore Presentation of the Smash Hit Documentary "The Last Dance," Airing Saturday, May 23
All 10 episodes will air over successive Saturdays through June 20.

[05/18/20 - 03:00 PM]
Whoopi Goldberg, Shaquille O'Neal, Robin Roberts, Anthony Anderson and Earvin "Magic" Johnson Join as Guests on "After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special," Tomorrow Night, Tuesday, May 19
ESPN host and NBA expert commentator Stephen A. Smith hosts the prime-time special, as he and the stellar lineup of guests discuss their biggest takeaways from the epic and highly rated series "The Last Dance."

[05/18/20 - 02:41 PM]
ESPN Sees Double Digit Viewership Increases for "The Last Dance" Finale; Documentary Series Finishes with Average of 5.6 Million Viewers, The Most-Viewed Documentary Content on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/14/20 - 04:15 PM]
ABC Set to Air "After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special" on Tuesday, May 19
Previously announced "The Story of Soaps" will now air Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00/8:00c.

[05/11/20 - 02:18 PM]
"The Last Dance" Premieres Continue to Inspire Significant Audiences, Averages 5.6 Million Viewers Across First 8 Episodes
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, May 10.

[05/05/20 - 02:28 PM]
ESPN Films to Continue Sunday Night Run - Moving Three High Profile "30 for 30s" to Sundays After "The Last Dance"
Lance Armstrong, Bruce Lee, and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are among the featured subjects.

[05/04/20 - 02:00 PM]
"The Last Dance" Continues Impressive Run, Averages 5.8 Million Viewers Across First 6 Episode Premieres
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, May 3.

[04/28/20 - 02:27 PM]
ESPN Airs Television's Most-Watched Programming Among Multiple Key Demos Between April 23-26
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday through Sunday, April 23-26.

[04/27/20 - 03:02 PM]
"The Last Dance" Delivers Massive Audience for Second Straight Week; Episodes 3 and 4 Average 5.9 Million Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, April 26.

[04/20/20 - 01:40 PM]
"The Last Dance" Series Premiere Episodes Are the Most-Viewed ESPN Documentary Content Ever, Averaging 6.1 Million Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, April 19.

[04/15/20 - 09:24 AM]
ESPN Will Air Two Versions of Documentary Series "The Last Dance"
A version containing strong adult language will air on ESPN (TV-MA) while an alternate option edited for that language will air simultaneously on ESPN2 (TV-14-L).

[03/31/20 - 04:53 AM]
ESPN and Netflix Set New April 19 Premiere Date for Highly Anticipated Documentary Series "The Last Dance"
The series, directed by Jason Hehir, chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls.

[05/15/18 - 06:05 AM]
ESPN Films and Netflix Announce Multi-Part Documentary "The Last Dance" Featuring Michael Jordan
The 10-part documentary series will chronicle one of the greatest icons and most successful dynasties in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls.







LAST DANCE, THE (ESPN)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
4/19/20 - 5/17/20
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2019-2020 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
1 (10 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
limited series
DESCRIPTION:
(from ESPN's press release, March 2020) Today it was announced that the premiere of "The Last Dance," the highly anticipated 10-part documentary series will air on ESPN in the U.S. on Sunday nights over five weeks from April 19 through May 17. The series will also be available outside of the U.S. on Netflix. The series, directed by Jason Hehir ("The Fab Five," "The '85 Bears," "Andre the Giant"), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years. ESPN statement: "As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We've heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we're happy to announce that we've been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans." In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team - a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in "The Last Dance." As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported back to how it all began - from Jordan's childhood roots, the Bulls' dire circumstances before his arrival and how the team was built after drafting him in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team's first NBA championship. As the series takes the audience through the Bulls' first five championships, viewers will experience the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls. It's an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of the 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan's key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, head coach Phil Jackson, and featuring dozens of current-day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond. All throughout, the tension and conflict that defined that final championship run are very much on display.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Jason Hehir as DIR
· Mike Tollin as PROD
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Jump 23
· Mandalay Sports Media
· NBA Entertainment