HDNet to produce sports improv comedy

LOS ANGELES/DALLAS, May 16: HDNet will produce and finance 15 new high-definition episodes of the half-hour improv comedy series Sports Action Team for premiere this fall.

MGM will handle the exclusive worldwide television distribution of the series. Produced by Chicago-based Tower Productions, the semi-scripted series follows the antics of a hapless team of reporters who cover the national sports beat. The cast is made up of alumni members of Chicago-based improv comedy groups Improv Olympic and Second City. Each week, in a bid to reach the pinnacle of sports broadcasting, the cast interacts with real-world professional and amateur athletes, managers, sports enthusiasts and celebrities, including Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss, Late Night host Conan O’Brien, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka, and boxing impresario Don King.

“HDNet is excited to be the high def home for Sports Action Team,” said Mark Cuban, the president and co-founder of HDNet. “The behind-the-scenes part of sports interviews is pretty crazy as it is. Mix in some comedic improv and world famous sports stars and the result is a great show that HDNet viewers will love.”

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