Showtime docuseries starring...the S.F. Giants? EXCLUSIVE

Michael-Tollin-GiantsImage Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Tatiana Beller/PR PhotosIs Showtime looking to steal a page from the HBO playbook and air its own Hard Knocks-type series? EW has learned that Showtime is in early talks with producer Mike Tollin to do a docuseries that focuses on the San Francisco Giants. Tollin’s an obvious choice to oversee the project, given his previous work on Bonds on Bonds, the 2006 docuseries for ESPN that followed the Giants outfielder through spring training and the baseball season. (Tollin’s got plenty of sports movies under his belt, too, like Varsity Blues, Coach Carter, Hardball, and the under-appreciated Summer Catch. And, let’s not forget his work on Smallville and One Tree Hill, too!).

HBO’s Hard Knocks debuted in 2001 as the first-ever sports reality series that goes behind-the-scenes with a pro football team. It launched with the Baltimore Ravens; the most recent addition focused on the New York Jets. The docuseries, on average, lured 4.6 million viewers for each episode.

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  • ks

    OK I Know I am the only one but I have to say it-The Giants suck!

    • somewhereinsf

      Respect the Champs, chump!

      • ks

        whatev HAHA

    • RP

      Yup, you are the only one. I mean it might mean something if they were anything but the defending World Series Champions, but since they are, your statement makes you sound like a moron.

    • cbnm

      They are a great team, they won fair and square…don’t be such a wet sandwich

      • Josh

        I don’t like them but they are the champs for a reason: they are a great team.

        By the way, GO DODGERS!!!!

    • bsure

      Hmm, exactly why do they suck? They’re the reigning world champions, beat every other team, in a true underdog classic movie-ending fashion.

    • RP

      ks R U a little JEALOUS? Why don’t U go SUCK on your daddy’s baseball bat!

    • Champ

      You like the sound of that? World Champions!

    • Chancey30

      Not only are they the defending champs. Their entire starting pitching staff is still under team control for awhile. They are going to dominate for awhile get used to it sucker.

    • OMagic7

      They Suck? They just won the World Series a couple of months ago! Revisit your definition of the word suck.

    • Joshua

      Youre a tool buddy. Dont hate cause we have the most lights out pitching in baseball. Have fun watch us in the playoff again in 2011. You sound like a bitter Dodger fan.

    • Boez

      You muat be a dodger fan, which means you suck, otherwise you suck just for saying that

    • Mark

      YOU MUST BE A DODGER LOSER FAN !! Watch out I will PLANT with cement our 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Flag and plant it right on the front lawn of Dodger Loser Stadium !! BastaRDS !!

    • brian

      I don’t think hes a Dodger fan, ther’re being real quiet these days. I’m guessing he’s a Phillies fan who thought his superstar lineup got robbed. What a chump

    • tom RIvas

      Your mother can suck the trophy that’s touring New York Yankees territory byaaaatch!

    • pmsfo

      Hey, give ks a break. He probably isn’t a baseball fan and missed the news about the world series. In fact, he might be thinking the story is about the N.Y. Giants football team.

  • WorldChamps

    World Champions hater. Suck on that.

  • Johnny Disaster

    OK I Know I am the only one but I have to say it- KS sucks!

    • Stevex

      No, Mr. Disaster, you are NOT the only one. Thanks very much for bringing it up.

  • kgarlinghouse

    The Giants suck? Perhaps you could expand on your very eloquent critique. Do you think we were undeserving of the World Champion trophy? Are you jealous of our pitching dominance. Perhaps its the fact that our team had no clear “Jeter” type and we won trhough hard work and team work….

  • kezargiants

    honestly that was the worst comeback ever. The dodgers, who i am assuming are your team, are a garbage organization. The Giants, on the other hand, are the reigning world champions.

  • Awww

    Holy cow a reality series about baseball.. I almost fell asleep just reading about it!

    • bsure

      Why the question mark in the headline, EW? Because you’d expect something like this to focus on the Yankees, Red Sox or Phillies (who the Giants thumped, proving every so called expert’s predictions wrong). Like someone said above, respect the champs!

  • Roger

    I would love to see the rest of the country get to know the Freak, the Machine, the Panda and the Dixie Giants.
    KS must be a Phily cheese fan!

  • DEE

    Looks like I may have to get Showtime now!! So hope this happens.

  • YelongZiDa

    Let’s face it. The only Giant we REALLy want to see is Brian Wilson, Ninja extraordinaire!!!

    • The Machine

      Fear the beard!

  • The Machine

    I just want to rage.

    • Chancey30

      Right now!

      • kc

        FACT!

  • Brady

    Giants rock! Also, please let this be the only time we have to hear the words “under-appreciated” and “Summer Catch used in the same sentence.

  • Herbert

    hooray giants. watching listening before bonds.

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