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“Stars are Aligned,” “Big Hurt” set for ESPN’s SEC Net

The Stars Are Aligned and Bo, Barkley and The Big Hurt (pictured) are among a slate of docs, focusing on the Southeastern Conference, that are set to debut on the ESPN-owned SEC Network.
July 16, 2014

The Stars Are Aligned and Bo, Barkley and The Big Hurt (pictured) are among a slate of docs on the Southeastern Conference (SEC) set to debut on the ESPN-owned SEC Network, which launches on August 14.

The net, dedicated to programming on the U.S. collegiate athletic conference, is readying four docs from ESPN Films’ ‘SEC Storied’ docuseries, which explores the conference’s athletic history. Following the August launch of the net, the franchise will expand to 10 documentaries a year.

SEC Network came about after the conference and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create a multi-platform net to air SEC content 24/7, including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The net will televise SEC sporting events as well as commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and original content such as SEC Storied.

In Andy Billman’s The Stars are Aligned, 14 celebrities – each representing a different college in the SEC – discuss their experiences at school. The group includes Ashley Judd, Darius Rucker, James Carville and Governor Rick Perry. The doc debuts on August 14 at 9 p.m.

Premiering a week later, on August 21 at 8 p.m., is Larry Weitzman’s Bo, Barkley and the Big Hurt, which covers the athletic trio of Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas, who were together at Auburn University in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney and Shaun Silva’s The Believer premies on August 27 at 8 p.m. and tells the story of University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and his extensive history with the conference.

Finally, Fritz Mitchell’s It’s Time debuts on September 4 at 8 p.m. and follows the unlikely friendship between Ole Miss defensive back Chucky Mullins and Vanderbilt running back Brad Gaines.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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