NFL Network to Expand to 31 Hours of Original Programming

NFL Network is adding dual some-more strange array to a lineup and a one-hour special, giving it 31 hours of unscripted and documentary programming this arriving season, some-more than ever before and imprinting a 10-fold boost over a past 5 years.

The initial new series, with a operative pretension of Northern Lights, premieres Sept. 17 and follows a Barrow High School Whalers, who attend propagandize – and play football — during a northernmost indicate in a U.S.

The propagandize is so isolated that a group contingency fly during slightest 500 miles for each divided game, while home games are played on a blue, territory margin on a slight frame of land between a Arctic Ocean and a solidified lagoon.

The eight-episode array comes from Leftfield Pictures, a organisation behind existence shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration.

“They pitched it, and it struck a chord in several departments, since it’s a certain description of youth,” pronounced NFL Media vp of programming Ron Semiao. “We’d like to see this as a array durability several years, following teams in other towns and even revisiting a Whalers.”

Another new array is likened to Emmy-nominated A Football Life, that will lapse for a fifth season on Sept. 18. While NFL Network won’t announce a new uncover until October, insiders contend it will form teams, events and topics in 6 one-hour episodes, identical to how A Football Life profiles individuals.

Players and coaches profiled this year on A Football Life will include Jerome BettisDick VermeilTerrell Owens and Mike Singletary.

As for a new one-hour special this season, it’s called Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and a 2014 Patriots, and it will try a rough highway taken by final year’s Super Bowl-winning team, including singular interviews with Coach Bill Belichick and group owners Robert Kraft. A trailer subsequent facilities a contention about a game-winning defensive play called when a Seattle Seahawks were during a idea line nearby a finish of Super Bowl XLIX.

Do Your Job also could be an annual eventuality with whichever group wins a before year’s Super Bowl. 

“I don’t know if Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy would be as engaging as Belichick, though it could be cool,” joked Semiao. “You never know. Sometimes these things take on a life of their own.”

NFL Network has been usually beefing adult a strange programming, with 3 hours in 2010 followed by 10 hours a subsequent year and 24 hours in 2014. In new concentration groups, NFL fans pronounced they favourite a strange shows — when they were unprotected to them.

“We were astounded how many people didn’t know we offering this kind of programming,” Semiao said. “It’s all about improved portion a fans. We saw a success with A Football Life and have dipped a toe in more. There’s no sorcery series of strange hours we have in mind.”

One uncover from final year about scouting for a New York Giants, called Finding Giants, won’t be returning. “Football scouts do a lot of pushing and splash a lot of coffee. It was like Seinfeld, a uncover about zero — though interesting,” quipped Semiao.

The network’s many noticed strange uncover recently has been Undrafted, with an normal viewership of 1.2 million. As partial of an eight-game agreement with CBS, a uncover about undrafted former college standouts perplexing to acquire a mark on an NFL group will have a deteriorate debut Sept. 16 on CBS before relocating behind to the NFL Network. Undrafted is constructed by NFL Network in organisation with Mandalay Sports Media, DG West and Indigenous Films.

NFL Network is in 72 million homes and a $1.31 per subscriber associate price is fourth highest, with usually ESPN, TNT and a Disney Channel autocratic more, according to SNL Kagan. The investigate organisation also pronounced NFL Network will hoard $1.32 billion in handling income this year, 10th tip among a tip 195 active simple wire networks.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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