This week, Showtime will run the entire 5 part documentary series on the American Football League. I watched the first two parts and was very impressed with the footage, some of which had not been seen for a long time. Here’s the press release and a promotional clip.
FULL COLOR FOOTBALL
MARATHONSHOWTIME Sports® and NFL Films Reprise Critically Acclaimed Documentary Series Chronicling the American Football LeagueNew York (Dec. 22, 2009) – This fall, SHOWTIME Sports® and the National Football League® celebrated the 50th anniversary season of the maverick American Football League, from its tumultuous beginnings to its unlikely merger with the rival NFL, through an insightful NFL Films-produced five-part documentary entitled Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League. The highly touted series, which premiered on SHOWTIME in mid-September, will return to the network for two encore presentations. Episodes one through five will re-air back-to-back on Saturday, December 26, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SHO2® and again on Wednesday, December 30, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.
Follow the birth of the only league to successfully rival the NFL from its innovative and wild beginnings to the most stunning upset in pro football history and the eventual powerhouse merger.
The AFL was full of unique personalities both on and off the field. Breaking with tradition and challenging a powerful institution, it brought
a new and exciting brand of football. America
Weaving through the social, cultural and political events of the tumultuous 1960s, Full Color Football examines the daring vision of league-founder Lamar Hunt and his dream to challenge the NFL.
Through rare interviews from some of the biggest names in the AFL, including Joe Namath, Al Davis and John Madden, long lost game highlights and never before seen footage, Full Color Football tells the inside story of the outsiders who forever changed the game.
NFL Films and SHOWTIME began working together in 2008 producing the Emmy® Award winning “Inside the NFL.”
MarathonScheduleSaturday, Dec. 26 on SHO27pm: Episode 18pm: Episode 29pm: Episode 310pm: Episode 411pm: Episode 5
Wednesday, Dec. 30 on SHOWTIME
7pm: Episode 1
8pm: Episode 2
9pm: Inside The NFL (new episode)
10pm: Episode 3
11pm: Episode 4
12am: Episode 5
That’s the schedule.