It looks like we’ll get the previously-postponed/canceled Michael Sam documentary on OWN after all.
Earlier this year, the OWN network released a statement saying, ““After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team. OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”
Sam became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. Unfortunately, the Rams cut him at the end of training camp, and he did get some interest from other teams, eventually taking a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, but he was later waived.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network initially announced a multi-part documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, which was to spotlight the former University of Missouri football player and his historic journey as he prepared to enter the biggest professional sports league in America.
This special documentary series was to present a deeply personal, up-close look at Sam’s groundbreaking moment in professional sports, as the All-American defensive end and SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year entered the competitive world of professional football. Cameras would follow Sam as he worked to earn his spot on the St. Louis Rams, all while under the intense scrutiny of being the first openly gay player in the NFL.
OWN did not say when it plans to revisit the project, after it announced its postponement.
It’s now been revived, in what will instead be a 90-minute documentary that will air Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET.
From the official news release: The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into a 90-minute documentary when shooting was postponed to allow Michael to focus on football. Cameras get up close and personal with Michael as he openly discusses a childhood fraught with tragedy and poverty, as well as his emotional decision to come out as a gay man in the world of pro sports.