- ESPNINC/PRESSRELEASES - The Season - high school football documentary to air August 28 and 29

 Monday, August 14
"The Season" to air August 28 and 29
 August 14, 2000

ESPN will televise a two-and-one-half hour, two-part, all-access documentary that follows a Pennsylvania high school football team throughout the 1999 season in its quest to win the state championship. The Season, presented in two installments -- Next Year is Now on Aug. 28 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Knight Time Aug. 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- will focus on the North Penn Knights in what they feel is their year to win it all. North Penn High school is located in Lansdale, north of Philadelphia.

With an introduction by Stuart Scott, the documentary tracks the Knights, who began the season ranked second in the state, over a three-and-a-half month period. The Season provides a look at high school football in America, closely following the players on a daily basis -- at home, at school, during practices, in the locker room, in the huddle, on the sidelines, and at after-school jobs. It captures the yelling, laughing, tears, anger, frustration and joy associated with the challenges of trying to become state champions.

The Season is produced by NYT Television, a New York Times Company, in association with ESPN. NYT Television also produces Trauma: Life in the ER for TLC.

In-Depth Storylines
  • The son that must overthrow his father. To be state champions, North Penn, and head coach Mike Pettine, Jr., must defeat two-time defending state champion Central Bucks West, coached by Mike Pettine, Sr.
  • The backup quarterback, going through the turmoil of his parents' separation, is thrust into the starting role when the starter gets injured.
  • The star running back, who will go to college on a full athletic scholarship, has turned his life around from his troubled days. Right before the biggest game of the year, he sees his father -- who has been in prison - for the first time in more than five years.
  • Can the starting wide receiver overcome knee injuries to get a college scholarship?
  • Can the injured starting quarterback, the toughest and hardest working player on the team, come back for the big game against Central Bucks West?