August 20, 2008 2:19 PM
NFL Network is beefing up its lineup of original programming. Heading into football’s fall season, NFL Network will debut new series including “NFL Replay Real-Time,” “Starting 11,” “Live Wire,” “Team Cam” and “America’s Game: The Missing Rings.”
In addition, the channel will expand “College Football Now” to a full hour as the NCAA sport gears up for its own new year.
The moves are designed to capitalize on the growing awareness of the network as well as the ratings hike seen last season.
Here’s the rundown on the new shows, according to the network.
Thursday features a night of new programming on NFL Network. The sounds of the game that only NFL Films can capture—with exclusive on-field and sideline microphone access—will be featured on “Live Wire” at 9 p.m. (all times ET), premiering Sept. 11. Then at 9:30 p.m., it’s “Starting 11,” a fast-paced, highlights-driven look at the 11 most exciting moments from the previous weekend.
Following these newcomers Thursday at 10 p.m. is a new season of the Emmy Award-winning “America’s Game.” “America’s Game: The Missing Rings” debuts Sept. 18 and chronicles five of the greatest teams that did not win a Super Bowl.
Starting Sept. 2 is “Team Cam,” a two-hour, live whip-around show with exclusive coverage and interviews from a dedicated camera inside the headquarters or practice sites of all 32 teams. “Team Cam,” running Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m., will feature NFL coach and player press conferences accompanied by debate among NFL Network talent, beat writers and bloggers.
Randy Moss, a veteran horse-racing analyst and host, joins NFL Network as the host of “Team Cam.” Moss was an award-winning columnist and reporter for the Dallas Morning News and other newspapers for two decades.
Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., NFL Network will give fans a unique minute-by-minute look at what happened the previous afternoon with the new one-hour “NFL Replay Real-Time.” Much like the hit show “24,” “NFL Replay Real-Time,” debuting Sept. 8 with a special 6 p.m. start time, will have a time-of-day graphic on the screen. If Brett Favre throws a touchdown pass at 1:06 p.m. and Devin Hester returns a punt for a touchdown at 1:11 p.m., fans will see those big plays and more from a different perspective, as they unfolded in real time.