It’s not TV, it’s HBO. Anyone who has watched The Sopranos, The Wire, Game Of Thrones, etc. knows that when HBO commits to a show, it’s down right awesome.
Last year I convinced my wife, not a hockey fan, to watch the first episode of HBO’s 24/7 series following the Penguins and Capitals. I can’t get her to watch a game with me as she has no interest, but by the end of the first episode, she was hooked.
The production value, the insight of the players and coaches at home, in the locker room, in rehab was engrossing. It really did something that is hard to do when following the NHL season from regular sports feeds, it humanized the participants.
We got to see Sydney Crosby watch his own highlights in his hotel room with the appreciation of a kid. We saw what the players go through to rehab injuries. We saw how coaches breakdown video and communicate with their players. We got to look behind the curtain and found something so much more fulfilling than a charlatan playing tricks.
This year HBO will follow the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers as they build up to the Winter Classic being played in Philadelphia. Two interesting teams with a great rivalry to exploit. My wife is looking forward to it already.