ESPN Takes Over MTV Show Two-A-Days

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I submit to evidence item #12,343 of how ESPN has officially transformed into MTV... They are taking control one of the "Music" Television's shows and making it their own. The Leader is changing the name and promising to make it more about Football, but we'll see about that.

After two successful seasons on MTV, the reality show about high school football has moved from Alabama to Louisiana, and is bound for ESPN. And its focus has shifted from kiss-and-tell to first-and-goal. That's fine - even better - for West Monroe, La. coach Don Shows.

Shows said his team was approached two years ago to do the original "Two-A-Days" and turned it down. Production company Humidity Entertainment wound up at Hoover (Ala.) High, where love triangles became more prominent than square outs.

Shows said yesterday he would have said no again if he weren't assured the game plan would be sports, not soaps. "I just didn't want anybody to get involved in the personal lives of the kids," says Shows (rhymes with "plows").
I think it was necessary to move schools considering Hoover Coach Rush Probst is rumored to have a 2nd family, and the principal was fired for giving special treatment to players. And Coach Shows appears to be aware of that as well...."I haven't changed any grades, and I don't have a 'secret family,' I'm not worried about anything like that. Absolutely not. Absolutely not."

The show premiers in November, you know when nothing is going on. The opposite of the Summer. Smart move.

ESPN + MTV= APOCALYPSE! (Awful Announcing)


As a Louisiana guy, I can tell you that this could be good if ESPN does it right. But I'm guessing it won't happen. West Monroe is a football factory, and things are getting a little pissy between Les Miles and Nick Saban. The school has a big LSU pipeline right now, but Nick is desperately trying to get back in. I'd like to see some "behind the scenes" on that, but you know that would probably never happen.

Anonymous said...
Aug 28, 2007, 2:17:00 PM  

Season One of Two-A-Days was sweet while season two blew. Now that ESPN is involved, the new season will surely swallow.

GMoney said...
Aug 28, 2007, 4:03:00 PM  

ESPN already tried this with the Dick Butkus show...the one where he became a coach there for a year. It was terrible.

And even though I love football, I just have a problem with the heavy publicity that high school athletics is receiving. The more that's going to be at stake for a bunch of teenagers, the more problems that will follow. Just one guy's opinion.

Anonymous said...
Aug 28, 2007, 4:12:00 PM  

Also living in Louisiana, I will be curious if ESPN will make note of the ages of some of the players at West Monroe. It has long been rumored that football players are "held back" on a mandatory basis to ensure they will be better players for the Rebels.

Oh, and I can't wait for the first time they pan the crowd at the home stadium and show the huge numbers of rebel flags and shirts. That ought to do wonders for the perception of Louisiana...

Radioman said...
Aug 28, 2007, 5:58:00 PM  

Holding back at West Monroe is not mandatory. Most of the people that were held back in early elementary anyway, with no regard to football, only to school.

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Aug 30, 2007, 12:21:00 AM  

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