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Showtime picks up Inside the NFL

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:22AM
NFLAs Bob Sassone wrote in his report about Inside the NFL ending its HBO run last February, the NFL was reporting that the show would find a home on another network. It has. And I can tell you now that Inside the NFL will be appearing weekly on Showtime. It'll be a collaboration with CBS Sports and NFL Films. That said, I think we can expect to see CBS talent on the show.

In its most recent edition on HBO, Inside the NFL was hosted by Bob Costas, with expert input by former players and current broadcast analysts Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth and Cris Carter. Costas and Collinsworth are NBC employees, and Carter is part of ESPN. That leaves Danny Boy. And yes, he is a CBS guy, a regular commentator on The NFL Today every Sunday during football season. I'll bet you right now that Dan will be on the show.

Inside the NFL is a unique weekly highlight show -- one of the best ever -- because shows the games up close from the viewpoint of NFL Films. Those cameras get inside of the game more than TV cameras. They're films, not TV and the production values are like a documentary film. As a longtime football fan, I'm really glad that Inside the NFL will go on. This year will be its 32nd on the air.

The new Inside the NFL will premiere on September 10 on Showtime, where it will air each Wednesday until the Super Bowl champion is determined. "We're thrilled to be joining the successful partnership of CBS Sports and the NFL in presenting the show to our subscribers," said Matthew Blank, CEO of Showtime Networks. "It's a perfect fit with our original scripted series and sports programming."

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Why do I still have HBO?

That said, Inside the NFL (or any NFL show for that matter) without Collinsworth is worth a watch. He is dreadful.

June 04 2008 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wake me when showtime produces something as substantive as 'realsports'.

'inside the nfl' to me was always a bit fluffy (but hey, good looking fluff is still pretty nice), but isn't really soemthing i'd look for until the playoffs.

June 04 2008 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HBO has really gone downhill. Showtime is now the trendy network with the cool shows. Now, they pickup the longest running show in Cable television.

Good move. Glad I have Showtime. (We cancelled HBO a couple years ago.)

June 04 2008 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Pepto Pimp

Inside the NFL and CBS Sports sounds like a nice marriage, but I just can't imagine it without Chris Collinsworth. Costas, Collinsworth, Carter and Marino make a really good team right now.

So who will we get? JB and Jim Nantz? Is Jerome Bettis available? Not too sure about Phil Simms. Keep Greg Gumbel far, far away from Inside the NFL...

June 04 2008 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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