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HBO sets November debut for Michael Strahan-produced docuseries “The Cost of Winning”

Premium cable network HBO is preparing to launch a four-part docuseries from NFL Hall-of-Famer and television star Michael Strahan focusing on a successful Baltimore football program. Produced by The Story Lab ...
October 26, 2020

Premium cable network HBO is preparing to launch a four-part docuseries from NFL Hall-of-Famer and television star Michael Strahan focusing on a successful Baltimore football program.

Produced by The Story Lab in association with SMAC Entertainment and Valley View Media, The Cost of Winning (pictured) centers on the St. Frances Academy Panthers football program in Baltimore that was, in 2018, expelled from their private school league for being “too good”, raising questions of racial bias within organized high school sport.

Without a league in which to play, the nearly 200-year-old Catholic school began crafting its own football season schedule and sought out top competition on the grid iron in an attempt to showcase its players as they strove for athletic scholarships.

The series takes viewers behind the scenes with the players and coaching staff of St. Frances Academy as they navigate and overcome various challenges, including not having their own practice facilities and the street violence in their Baltimore neighborhood.

Featured throughout the docuseries are head coach Biff Poggi and his team of talented recruits, including Demon Clowney, Chris Braswell and Jonathan Wallace, among others, as they pursue a national championship and a path to college for their 30 graduating seniors.

The series is directed by Rob Ford (Shut Up and DribbleYou Ain’t Got These) and Maurice Holden (Tiger at 30). 

The Cost of Winning premieres with back-to-back episodes beginning Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO, with episodes three and four airing the following evening at the same time. The project will also be made available to stream on HBO Max.

Executive producing the series are Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Ethan Lewis for SMAC Entertainment; Mike Ferry for The Story Lab; and Maurice Holden for Valley View Media.

The series was produced in partnership with Gillette Productions.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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