The show premier's Wednesday on Showtime. For MLB fans, this should be particularly enjoyable. From the blurb on Showtime's web site:
Ultimately, Andres Torres and his designer jeans won them over.
Early this year when a film crew followed the Giants' center fielder to his native Puerto Rico, the players were still skeptical about the content of "The Franchise," the Showtime documentary series about the San Francisco Giants premiering Wednesday night. But Torres' unorthodox workouts were great television, and a clubhouse hit.
"We showed them that footage at the meeting we had with them in early February," said Jason Katz, a producer who has been embedded with the team for the past six months. "They were roaring with laughter, just seeing him in rolled-up jeans, no shirt, throwing the cinderblock over his head."
"The Franchise" promises viewers drama, humor and an unprecedented level of access in the traditionally closed baseball clubhouse. But for the Giants and the team's fans, the show was viewed as both an investment and a risk.
SHOWTIME SPORTS presents THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, an MLB Productions Original Series. This new docu-series follows the 2010 World Series champions as they defend their title in 2011. With unprecedented access to Giants players, their families, coaches and team personnel, this series provides a candid look at the struggles, relationships and day-to-day lives of Major League Baseball players. It's an up close and personal journey from the off-season to Spring Training, the All-Star Game and beyond.
Edited by phrelin, 11 July 2011 - 09:32 AM.