Following the clamor of many quarantined Americans, ESPN pushed up the release of its 10-part Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance,” now set to premier with its first two episodes on April 19.
The network announced that two episodes will be released every Sunday, culminating with a May 17 finale:
Mark your calendars. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/4ARKdzTq6p
— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2020
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience,” ESPN said in a statement. “We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that.”
“This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”
“The Last Dance” tells the story of Michael Jordan’s second go-around after his first NBA retirement, a three-peat unlike any other seen in the league.
This long Bulls documentary was originally slated for a June premiere. The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has forced people to stay inside their homes much more often than before, making the release of this documentary one fans were anxiously awaiting. Even LeBron James got in on the action, recently calling for an early release.
While recent statements by those involved in the project claimed production had not been completed, ESPN ultimately listened to these supplications and acted on them, pushing up the release and allowing the fans to have something to look forward to during this trying time.
For those outside the U.S., “The Last Dance” will be available on Netflix, who holds the rights to the 10-part docuseries.