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 Oâ€™Brien, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka, and boxing impresario Don King.
â€œHDNet is excited to be the high def home for Sports Action Team,â€ said Mark Cuban, the president and co-founder of HDNet. â€œThe 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.â€