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Showtime bets on sports gambling docuseries “Action”

CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime is preparing a four-part docuseries on the legalization of sports gambling in the U.S. Action follows professional gamblers, bookies and oddsmakers through the 2018 NFL season, ...
February 14, 2019

CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime is preparing a four-part docuseries on the legalization of sports gambling in the U.S.

Action follows professional gamblers, bookies and oddsmakers through the 2018 NFL season, the first season since a landmark Supreme Court ruling lifted a ban on sports betting, culminating in Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest sporting event — and gambling day — of the year.

The series looks at how the change has affected the sports and gambling communities.

Action is produced by Boardwalk Pictures, in association with Keep On Running Pictures, for Showtime’s “Sports Documentary Films” strand. It is executive produced by director Luke Korem and showrunner David Check, along with Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn for Boardwalk Pictures.

“The world of sports gambling has fascinated Hollywood for decades, but never before has a documentary captured the essence of the industry at such a pivotal period,” said Stephen Espinoza, president of sports and event programming at Showtime Networks, in a statement. “Through the lens of industry professionals and real-life gamblers within every virtual layer of the business – both legal and illegal – Action delivers a one-of-a-kind look as sports gambling enters a brave new world.”

The four-part series premieres March 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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