ESPN has moved the premiere date of its highly anticipated The Last Dance docu-series. Chronicling Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls‘ 1997-98 season — in which Jordan secured his sixth and final NBA championship — the ten-part series was originally slated to begin in June, but will now tip off on April 19.
— ESPN (@espn) December 24, 2019
Culled from hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over the course of the season, The Last Dance gives fans an inside look at Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, coach Phil Jackson and the ups-and-downs of the Bulls’ road to their second three-peat. Also included are interviews with Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant, Justin Timberlake and more.
This advanced release certainly comes as good news to content-starved basketball fans, who’ve been without hoops since the indefinite suspension of the NBA season and the cancellation of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament — better known as March Madness — due to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus. It’s also a more than serviceable stopgap for ESPN, who relies on live sporting events to fill a large part of its programming time.
“The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series will chronicle Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, one of the greatest icons and most successful dynasties in sports history, will debut on ESPN in 2020. pic.twitter.com/B72ljh5GbE
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 25, 2018
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience,” said ESPN’s official statement. “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.”
The Last Dance will air on ESPN over five consecutive Sundays from April 19 to May 17, and will be available on Netflix the following Mondays.
April 19th can’t come fast enough. I CAN NOT WAIT!! Yessir! #LastDance
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 31, 2020
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