Probably to serve as counter-programming to the negative press it has been receiving recently, the American National football league (NFL) has revealed plans to launch an eight-episode documentary series that will focus on the importance of (American) football in small American towns.
Titled Football Town, the docu-series will explore small towns and cities in America where football is of the uttermost importance. The first season which is scheduled to debut on Thursday, September 17 and will air on the NFL Network, will focus on Barrow, a town in Alaska, and the Barrow High School Whalers football team.
To get the audience in the mood however, the contracted version of the first episode will be made available online the NFL’s Facebook page as from September 15 and will be available online till the full version of the first episode airs.
The Network will also air two one-hour specials: “Catching Odell,” and the exclusive NFL Films special “Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots.” In addition to the new original programming, NFL Network will return the Emmy-nominated series “Undrafted” for a second season, along with the fifth season of “A Football Life” and the one-hour show, “America’s Game.”
It seems a lot of people are going into the original programming and if anyone needs it, it is the NFL. A lot of controversies have surrounded the league within the past year, notably the domestic violence claims, Deflategate and the recent release of Will Smith’s Concussion, a film that focuses on the alleged plan of the NFL to cover-up the problems associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).