For those of you that didn’t want to see “Inside the NFL” dead and buried, rejoice. The show, which was dumped earlier this year by HBO, which ran the show for 30 years, has been picked up by HBO’s main competition – Showtime. Earlier today it was announced that the show will run as normal, once per week, and will be produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films.
“This is the granddaddy of all highlight shows,” said Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films. “The combination of our film and game sound with the analysis in the studio gives Inside the NFL a perfect balance of action and insight. That’s why it’s been so popular for so long.”
The show will premiere on Showtime on Wednesday, September 10th at 9pm ET, and will air each Wednesday throughout the season through Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. “We welcome the NFL to the Showtime family,” said Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be joining the successful partnership of CBS Sports and the NFL in presenting the show to our subscribers. It’s a perfect fit with our original scripted series and sports programming.”
What is not 100 percent certain is if the same talent lineup that was on the show last year will return. One name that could be tricky is Bob Costas, who has a deal with HBO and it would be tough to see him leave just to go do that show.