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More details released on ESPN’s All-Access Kentucky series

Last night, we told you about ESPN’s plans for an All-Access series featuring Kentucky basketball. Today, the Worldwide Leader released more details about the multi-part series, the first three episodes of which will air on October 17, 24 and 31 at 7 p.m.

ESPN will premiere a new sports series this fall focusing on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. All-Access Kentucky debuts this month and will follow Coach John Calipari and his staff as they guide the new faces of the defending national champion Wildcats from Big Blue Madness to the start of the 2012 season. The multi-part series will consist of 30-minute weekly shows airing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET with the first three episodes scheduled for October 17, 24 and 31.

All-Access Kentucky will provide a never-before-seen perspective of the Wildcats preparation for the basketball season. The episodes will chronicle teaching six new players the Kentucky system and trying to mold high school superstars into instant national champions, all while recruiting the class of 2013. The cinéma vérité series will showcase what life can be like on a top-level collegiate basketball team, providing a unique window into the first step in building a national champion.

“Our mission at ESPN is always to serve sports fans and with many new players on the Wildcats this year, there is enormous interest surrounding this team,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and acquisitions. “All-Access Kentucky gives us an opportunity to deliver something entertaining and unique that helps bring fans closer to a sport they love.”

The series will be a trip inside the lives of Coach Cal, his staff and the players, the fight for playing time, what happens in the weight room, the inside jokes and pranks. All-Access Kentucky will highlight UK’s seemingly unrivaled ability to land top players and quickly build them into a cohesive team, as they try to repeat as national champion with four freshmen and no starters from the previous season.

ESPN will also produce original segments and highlights from the series to air across SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms including and SportsNation.

“College basketball fans are among the most passionate and dedicated sports fans in the country and they have a strong desire to connect with their team and feel a part of the action,” said Jamie Horowitz, ESPN’s vice president of original programming and production. “All-Access Kentucky will bring people behind the scenes of this storied program to capture both the joys and the challenges of creating and leading an elite college basketball team.”

Ladies and gentlemen, set your DVRs.

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24 Comments for More details released on ESPN’s All-Access Kentucky series

  1. bec
    3:07 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Go Cayts!

  2. jwild
    3:10 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Is this a freaking mini series for why you should go to Kentucky? This is unreal. If it is really presented in this context we’ll have rival schools boycotting ESPN.

  3. T.O.
    3:17 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Getcha popcorn ready!

  4. JaneSays
    3:24 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    For some reason, I just had the Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” lyrics running in my head in regards to ESPN:
    “Cash in now honey. Cash in now baby…” Somewhere, Old Man Knight is ****ing a brick; of course, this
    makes me very happy.

  5. Hugo Stiglets
    3:26 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like the college bball version of ‘Hard Knocks’… I love it

  6. BigBlue
    3:28 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink


    Twinning – Dating twins at the same time without their knowledge

    Twinsanity – Banging both twins at the same time

  7. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    3:40 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    my gawd……what a vehicle to promote the brand. Other coaches have to be furious….but you know they’ll watch (to steal ideas, naturally).

  8. jeyhey
    3:52 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t think this is anything new…didn’t duke have something similar last year? The rich get richer and honestly can’t think of a bball program hotter right now….Cal is killing it…gotta feel sorry for the poor sap that has to follow his work.

  9. Wow this is getting easy
    3:57 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Not that Cal needs anymore help with putting the name out there but wow it gets even easier with this.

  10. shirty
    4:11 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    i really want a practice jersey like the ones shown with the net design … are they for sale ?

  11. Labowski
    4:15 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I know ESPN doesnt have the fondest opinions of UK BBall. But this is a pretty major deal for UK…. not that we really need this, but there are recruits out there that have yet to sign. I just wish the new locker room was finished in time for the filming.

  12. Linda Taylor
    4:18 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    10 – I don’t know specifically, but I couldn’t believe the variety of UK stuff available on the official UK Athletics web site. If anyone has it they would. You should check it out:

  13. Linda Taylor
    4:19 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    11 – The new lodge is ready!

  14. Eastern Kentucky High School Basketball
    4:34 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I wish theyd get more kids from eastern kentucky to be on these teams. they work hard and are good boys.

  15. David19
    4:39 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Won’t the show on the 24th conflict with the Blue-White game?

  16. Stme222
    4:44 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    14…. Get real! No one cares about hard-working white kids from eastern Kentucky. Playin for the cats requires skills too.

  17. DrinknByTheBay
    4:57 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    11. It says “first three episodes”. Me thinky this may be a season lasting thing, or maybe the first half?

  18. Big Cat
    4:58 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully this one is created in the likes of the Ohio State football All-Access, and not one of the bootleg, ESPNU/FSN quality ones that have been done for us in the past.

  19. wakecat
    5:21 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m taking a different view. I don’t like this. Cameras are going to be around more than just the 1-2 hours of practice. They will be following the players close to 24-7 for three weeks to get the behind the scenes stuff. This is a young team that Cal needs to gel as a unit quickly and this seems like a potential distraction. There are a bunch of distractions which come with being a UK player. Why add more?
    Also, Didn’t doing “Hard Knocks” have sort of a negative effect on several of the NFL teams that participated? Ravens, Cowboys, Jets? Finally, at this point, do we really “need” more exposure. Is getting (going to get) 4-5 of the top 7 players not enough?

  20. Han
    5:33 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    People will say this is an unfair advantage, but they’d be conveniently ignoring that ESPN has done this kind of thing with their darling Blue Devils and Tarheels before, not to mention the slobbering Coach K gets during the Olympics and all his commercial time.

    17) Yeah, it doesn’t say other teams, so they must be planning more. Whether that’s still preseason or during the season, I don’t know.

  21. Han
    5:59 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    19) Ravens are an aging team. Cowboys are a crap team. Jets are a crap team with a loud-mouthed coach. They were all that way before Hard Knocks.

    What’s your point?

  22. Miller
    5:59 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    19 may be right. It’s cool and I’m excited for it but rarely do these things have a positive effect on the season.

  23. Miller
    6:00 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    21 it’s a distraction. Plain and simple.

  24. Beatle Bum
    12:18 am October 6, 2012 Permalink