ESPN announced that their excellent and much-lauded sports documentary series, “30 for 30,” will return in May along with four of the 30 new feature-length docs they plan to premiere. Now the network has set its fall schedule for the series and confirmed three additional titles for the season.
The new iteration of “30 for 30” will air Tuesday nights in October on ESPN, with one film airing in December after the Heisman Trophy Presentation.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8pm: “Broke,” directed by Billy Corben
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8pm: “9.79*,” directed by Daniel Gordon
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8pm: “There’s No Place Like Home,” directed by Maura Mandt and Josh Swade
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8pm: “Benji,” directed by Coodie and Chike
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8pm: “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” directed by Fritz Mitchell
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9pm: “You Don’t Know Bo,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio
You can find descriptions for the previously announced “Broke,” “Benji” and “You Don’t Know Bo” (previously titled “Bo Knows”) here; the summaries for “9.79*,” “There’s No Place Like Home” and “Ghosts of Ole Miss” below were provided by the network.
9.79* (Daniel Gordon)
The 100-meter men’s final at the 1988 Seoul Games was the fastest and perhaps most thrilling sprint in Olympic history. But within 48 hours, gold medalist Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids, and scandal reigned. This one race still haunts the eight men who took part. But what brought them to the starting line? And what happened to them since? (2012 Toronto International Film Festival Selection)
There’s No Place Like Home (Maura Mandt and Josh Swade)
On December 10, 2010, Sotheby’s auctioned off the most important historical document in sports history—James Naismith’s original rules of basketball. There’s No Place Like Home is the story of one fan’s obsessive quest to win this seminal American artifact at auction and bring the rules “home” to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for more than 40 years.
Ghosts of Ole Miss (Fritz Mitchell)
In 1962, the University of Mississippi campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous events that continue to shape the state 50 years later.
Each doc will be made available on iTunes the day after its broadcast premiere. An accompanying new “30 for 30 Shorts” series will run monthly on Grantland.com, kicking off with “Arnold’s Blueprint” on September 26, a 10-minute short doc about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teenage years in the Austrian Army directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist of “The Two Escobars.” Following shorts include Barry Gordon’s “The Arnold Palmer,” a look into the history of the drink; Nick and Colin Barnacle’s “Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner,” about a legendary baseball card; and Vanessa Roth’s “The Other Side,” about 18 children — nine from Palestine and nine from Israel — who unite to form a soccer teams.
Eric Drath’s short doc about Pete Rose, “Here Now,” was released as a preview of the series in May. Check it out below.