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NFL Network huddles around “Football Town”

California-based NFL Network is readying the September premiere of Football Town (pictured), a multi-part docuseries set to explore the culture around small-town high school football teams.
September 10, 2015

California-based NFL Network is readying the September premiere of Football Town, a multi-part docuseries set to explore the culture around small-town high school football teams.

A copro between NFL Network in association with Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Pictures and Northern Lights Media, the series will focus on small towns and cities where football is seen as more than a sport, capable of bringing communities together. The subject for its first season is the Barrow High School Whalers football team in Barrow, Alaska – the northernmost point in the U.S.

The eight-episode Football Town: Barrow, Alaska (pictured) follows the teenage footballers on a season-long journey as they attempt to win their school’s first state championship title. Situated 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the closest opponent to the Barrow High School Whalers are located 500 miles away. With no highway roads leading to the small Native American community of 4,000, the team must fly to each away game.

NFL Network’s Football Town will explore various teams and cities in forthcoming seasons.

The program will make its premiere on September 17 following Thursday Night Football’s post-game show, after which the series will shift to Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST on NFL Network. A trailer for the series can be seen below.

Elsewhere, the net will also premiere the hour-long documentary Catching Odell - produced by NFL Network and Engel Entertainment – on September 23 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

The film provides an in-depth look into the training regimen of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who went from rookie to overnight celebrity following an improbable one-handed grab. The one-off will follow the young receiver to his home state of Louisiana and examine the pressures played on Beckham Jr. following his star turn on the football field.

All original programming can be accessed digitally through NFL Media’s NFL Game Pass subscription product following its broadcast on NFL Network.

  • Check out a trailer for Football Town: Barrow, Alaska below:

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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