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ESPN Refocuses On Documentaries

Even though it has an improvisational scripted comedy in the works, ESPN is largely eschewing original series for the time being and plans to put its efforts into more sports documentaries.

Among the shows on tap are "Black Magic," an examination of African American athletes in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. It is slated to air in March. "There are a lot of great sports stories to tell from different angles," says executive vice president of content John Skipper. ESPN just finished the first run of an eight-part series called "The Bronx is Burning" and has previously aired a pro football show "Playmakers" and poker series "Tilt."

Skipper says the new comedy in development is along the same lines of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," although he declines to predict the chances of it actually making it to air.



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