ESPN announced in May that it was bringing back “30 for 30,” the network’s award-winning program of sports-centric documentaries, for another round of 30 new features. The series kicks off next week with “Broke” by Billy Corben, a doc about the financial difficulties many pro athletes experience when their careers come to an end, thanks to bad investments, freeloaders, medical problems and tendencies to show off.
For “30 for 30 II,” ESPN and Grantland have also collaborated on a sidebar program of 30 doc shorts that will premiere online, a new one each month. An introductory short about Pete Rose, Eric Drath’s “Here Now,” has been online since may, but the official “30 for 30 Shorts” kick-off happened today with “Arnold’s Blueprint,” about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s teen years in the Austrian Army. The 10-minute film is directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, who helmed the excellent 2010 “30 for 30” doc feature “The Two Escobars.”
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