ESPN's E:60 Returns Tonight With Stories That Are Months Old!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I still don't understand what the heck ESPN is trying to do with E:60. The first episode got pretty good reviews and the whole thing seemed like a shrewd move by the "Leader". The Jason Ray piece was moving and the round table discussions were an inside look at the reporting process.

Well almost immediately after that first episode there were rumors of E:60's "Exclusives" not actually being exclusive, a racial controversy, a four month break, a railroading of Miguel Tejada and then another four month break. For a show that only has about eight total episodes, that's a heck of a lot of hiccups.

Well, the show is back tonight after that second hiatus and they're bringing you more ground breaking reporting. Just kidding, they're tackling stories that you first learned about months ago....

Highlights of tomorrow’s show:

-Dara Torres talks to E:60 about her record fifth Olympics as a swimmer at age 41
-Eventing: the most dangerous Olympic competition and also considered the world’s deadliest sport
-The story of an English mixed-martial arts fighter implicated in the biggest cash heist in history
-A behind-the-scenes look at New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss and his foray into NASCAR team ownership.
Eventing is just a piece on the dangers of Horse Jumping and the Dana Torres story is how old now ? Don't even get me started on the MMA Fighter that robbed the bank....that guy was arrested back in June of 2006! The only new and interesting piece is the Randy Moss one, but that story is about a month and a half old as well.

The whole show just seems to be in the midst of an identity crisis, and with OTL producing daily shows now at 3pm, it's odd that they can't figure anything out. Maybe the should send Bill Simmons back to EA Sports to get people to watch?

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:07 PM


Frank TV has been on more times than E:60.

Anonymous said...
Aug 12, 2008, 4:39:00 PM  

in Homer Simpson voice "BO-RING!"

Ted said...
Aug 12, 2008, 4:51:00 PM  

E:60, quintessential ESPN. Lack of focus, half-baked concept and execution, not terribly different from something it already had and requisite use of an overpaid writer before camera.

Kyle said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  
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Allen said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:28:00 PM  

...Not to mention the fact that a piece on Eventing was done on Real Sports last month. I can't remember the others, but there must have been a few other stories that E:60 has done that had already been done or Real Sports previously.

Allen said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:29:00 PM  

Will Lisa Salters know who Dara Torres is now?

Scott F. said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:30:00 PM  

its basically otl i dont know why they re-did it and called it E60 and hoped people wouldnt notice that they watched the same show sunday mornings and weekday afternoons. they basically ruined the whole thing when they did the cheap shot against miguel tejeda. it wouldve been one thing to do a story about him not being 32 and then interviewing him but instead they did a story about ages in latin american players and then tell tejeda he was coming on to talk about the astros and then just come with a cheap blow and go so how old are you? o by the way we got proof that your lying. thats when i lost a lot of respect for espn

Anonymous said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

I think that they should do a behind-the-scenes piece on Ed Werder and Wendi Nix wasting away on the Favre trail. What did they do? Did they piss and moan? I would watch that.

GMoney said...
Aug 12, 2008, 5:41:00 PM  

The mantra must be, "If it's news, it's news to us."

Anonymous said...
Aug 12, 2008, 6:36:00 PM  

im watching, the camera work is fucking absurd. just shaking it around during an interview and cutting to a shot of the person speaking on a monitor doesnt make the show edgy.

fucking fake as hell, but the randy moss piece is interesting

Mike Georger said...
Aug 12, 2008, 7:11:00 PM  

Did anyone else notice that the transcript they show during the story about the bank robbery is a fake. They mention a transcript of a phone call linking Lee Murray to the planning of the crime. They actually say, "British prosecutors say this transcript of a cell phone call..." while showing a paper with Lee Murray's name in bold letters. Pretty convincing unless you look closely.

The first page is complete nonsense and is a conversation between two people discussing how to write a paper. Then the graphic shows a page turning, and one of the lines following the actual quoatation is this:

Lee Murray: Yes. Part of my dissertation was completely technical: the phonological history of a dialect that I worked on in the ethnographic...

Clearly, they couldn't get a hold of the actual transcript, but wanted to make it look like they had, so they spliced in the one line that was actually spoken into a bunch of gibberish about grammar and dissertations.

I guess ESPN figures that when you can't get information for yourself you might as well just make it up. Too bad for them the show is in HD and people have dvrs.

fawkes316 said...
Aug 12, 2008, 8:14:00 PM  

The Eventing story was done on Real Sports. I know it isnt plagiarism, but it certainly borders on it.

Anonymous said...
Aug 12, 2008, 9:25:00 PM  

The Randy Moss story was hilarious. The reporter's questions made no sense to any fan of the sport. Moss seemed to be enthralled by Daytona, but lost when it came to even naming the other NASCAR series.

This story had already been told by ESPN's own NASCAR Now, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and even the good old PTI guys.

Most hilarious was the fake script meeting that was supposed to take place before the stories were even shot. Worst acting since, well...the last season of E:60!

Aug 12, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

If ESPN is that committed to keeping failing garbage on the air, Mohr Sports would still be on.

Aug 13, 2008, 2:16:00 AM  

I don't necessarily think that the show needs to be up to the minute in terms of how new the stories are. However, if they are covering stories that we already have heard of they need to either A. go a few levels deeper and tell us something we don't know yet or B. tell us in a very entertaining way with great commentary and a few jokes.

I don't see it yet though.

Jeff V said...
Aug 13, 2008, 10:15:00 AM  

Great photo, too. Look at how "relaxed" I am. I am wearing jeans.

Does Rachel Nichols ever look comfortable in front of a camera? What are you doing with your hands?

Anonymous said...
Aug 13, 2008, 10:34:00 AM  

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