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TruTV to air Kentucky Basketball documentary narrated by Drake


On Sunday March 17th at 8 p.m., Turner Sports will air a documentary on Kentucky basketball entitled “Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball” on TruTV. The documentary, which will be narrated by Drake, will feature interviews with Pat Riley, Jamal Mashburn, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Joe B. Hall, John Calipari, Ashley Judd and more. It will be directed by Michael Tolajian, who has done work for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

Sounds like an awesome way to finish up Selection Sunday.

H/t Brett Dawson

The full release on the documentary from Turner Sports:

Turner Sports will debut an all-new documentary based on the storied legacy of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program — Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball. Featuring interviews and first-hand reflections from some of the program’s most notable personalities including former UK players Pat Riley, Jamal Mashburn, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, coaches Joe B. Hall and John Calipari, UK alumna and zealous fan Ashley Judd and many others, the documentary provides a chronology of the Wildcats’ history from its origins through the 2012 NCAA championship team. Produced by Mandalay Sports Media and presented on truTV by Infiniti, the documentary is narrated by Grammy® Award-winning artist Drake and will air on Selection Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET in advance of Turner Sports’ and CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, which airs exclusively on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball presented by Infiniti delves into the fabled past of the program’s first coach and the inspired tradition he cultivated; the historical relevance and implications of the 1966 NCAA championship game against Texas Western College’s all-African American starting five; the emergence of Joe B. Hall and his 1975 Wildcats team that upset the Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA tournament that year; as well as other highs and lows of the program. The hour-long presentation on truTV also includes interviews with, and first-hand accounts from, a variety of players, coaches, opponents and others associated with the Kentucky Wildcats’ program, such as former UK players Kenny “Sky” Walker and Derek Anderson, two-time All-American Cliff Hagan, and former Texas Western College player and member of the 1966 NCAA Championship team Willie Worsley.

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball presented by Infiniti is the second feature in a series of documentaries focused on collegiate basketball programs from Turner Sports. The division’s first feature — Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back – debuted last year in advance of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited to add premier original content to our Turner Sports networks and are proudly looking forward to March and our newest documentary: Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball on truTV,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president of strategy/marketing/programming, Turner Sports. “The story of Kentucky basketball fits in line with our ambition to continue developing stories that will captivate our viewers.”

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball presented by Infiniti is produced and directed by Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning film and television writer/director Michael Tolajian, whose most recent credits include Once Brothers, the critically-acclaimed documentary from ESPN’s “30 for 30” film series. Executive producers include Mike Tollin (The Bronx is Burning, Smallville, Arli$$) and Jon Weinbach (The Other Dream Team, Straight Outta LA) of Mandalay Sports Media.

“After doing research for this documentary, I quickly realized that the University of Kentucky is perhaps the most storied college basketball program in history,” said Tolajian. “But it wasn’t until we started filming in Kentucky, that I truly learned how important Wildcat Basketball is to the state — it’s like a religion. Our goal was to capture some of that passion in this film … and I feel we succeeded.”

truTV is one of the television homes of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship and the exclusive broadcaster of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The documentary’s debut will be preceded by the hour-long Infiniti Selection Sunday on truTV at 7:00p.m. ET.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for TruTV to air Kentucky Basketball documentary narrated by Drake

  1. Delk for 3
    12:50 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Selection Sunday could end up being a day of relief or a day of terrible disappointment. Watching this show will be a lot better if I’m not so damn depressed.

  2. Steve Fitts
    12:53 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    It will be a terrible irony if UK doesn’t make the dance!

  3. dogballz
    12:57 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    drake at strip club

  4. I Say
    12:58 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Lets just be like Texas and get our own UK sports network show.

  5. I Say
    1:00 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    3 you mad bro? Looks like the best time of my life.

  6. LexCathCat
    1:00 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    OVOXO and BBN collide. Gonna be an AWESOME documentary.

  7. Old School
    1:10 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Great it’s not enough that we bring these selfish thugs in to play. Now we got to have one narrate our documentary too.

  8. H.A. Milton
    1:10 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    F Drake. Dude is not a good representative of his culture or that of the BBN. If UK doesn’t make the dance, I place the blame squarely on him!

  9. Ridge Runner
    1:11 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    This is simply awesome. Gotta make sure I record this.

  10. uk3k_j
    1:12 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    @3 looks like he is just creating a scholarship fund to help som ladies through college. Is that a crime?

  11. Hollahollaholla
    1:15 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    All the more reason to believe a bubble UK gets in.

  12. Brandon
    1:15 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you people that post in comments are hilarious. A good representative? You do know there are people with different opinions as some of you. I happen to like him repping UK. You won’t be complaining when Drake has helped get Randle to UK.

  13. UKBlue
    1:22 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    And people still wonder & question Cal marketing. Like Drake or hate Drake; kids like him, so you can either embrace it & roll with it or fight it & get left behind. A big problem with the BBN especially the older BBN, they can’t except change & almost refuse to ever see the bigger picture. They want to be the biggest & the best, but want to maintain status quo (i.e. boring music, sit down at games, complain about everything ie Danny), and refuse to change to keep up with the ever changing times.

  14. catGrad7072
    1:22 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    3. That’s a club unlike anything I’ve seen. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘throwing your money away’.

  15. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:42 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    This is going to be Epic.

  16. LexCathCat
    1:59 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Old School: As if your ad hominem attacks on Kentucky players aren’t enough, your attack on Drake may be even worse. Drake preaches good in society, and is a shining light in a genre which is becoming all booty all the time. I challenge you to open up your mind and look up Drake’s acceptance speech at the VMA’s last year.

  17. LexCathCat
    2:00 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    “Selfish thugs” One of the most ignorant things I’ve ever read. Was Brandon Knight a “selfish thug?” I think not.

  18. JustSayin
    2:26 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    OldSchool posted. OMG I missed the UK game, so I suppose UK lost today? He usually only posts after UK losses, unfortunately with the same drivel. Does Butler have a board?

  19. Nash
    2:37 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    If Drake narrates like he makes it rain at the strip club it should be outstanding!

  20. Nash
    2:37 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    #3 got it did not read lol

  21. Rockfield, KY
    2:55 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink


    Thug is a term that means someone is employed to basically beat up, rob, or murder another person, also known as “muscle” or “goon”. The only other way I heard it used is by people who are bigots but don’t have the guts to use the N-word and use “thug” instead. So, are you a moron who has no idea as to the context of the word, or are you a bigot?

  22. jbhuk15
    3:20 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    The comments from oldschool are not surprising. We all know what he is about.

  23. Dickie Bennett
    3:36 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I just hope they don’t portray us as a bunch of damn toothless hillbillies, I’ve seen these outsider documentaries turn into an indictment of the fan base. I can tell by the producers comments she is freaking clueless.

  24. DaneFife
    4:00 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    These documentary promo does not mention Adolph Rupp at all, the man won 4 NCAA titles. Is there something against the Baron? Are these high-falutin idiots intentionally short changing the man in the brown suit

  25. H.A. Milton
    4:02 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    #12, No. I will still be disappointed that Drake is associated…The dude is not respected in rap, as is documented (hilariously) here

  26. theWilkman
    4:45 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Mandalay Sports Media is a subsidiary of Vandalay Industries.

  27. oldschool
    5:29 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    First off, #7 is not me. So many on here try to flatter themselves by pretending to be me – but they fail.

    Second – Successful marketing involves tying yourself to a person, product or other image. When it comes to a collegiate sports program like Kentucky that appeals to all ages and all regions of the state, the most effective marketing would not be to use a second-rate rapper whose known for lewd lyrics that degrade women and hype drugs and constantly use the N-word.

    Third – Cal needs to grow up. He’s 50 plus years old and surely he has better taste in music. Either that or he’s simply sold himself out to appeal to younger kids. Reminds me of youth ministers who go out and get tattoos and ear-rings so they can be cool and hip. Come on Cal – grow up and be yourself.

    Finally – Kentucky’s legacy does not need ‘branding.” – There are a select few programs such as Alabama football, Kentucky Basketball, and a few others that can stand by themselves. We don’t need to sell our souls, reputations and images to the lowest, crudest form of entertainers in an effort to appeal to kids. Kentucky deserves better than to be the ever-changing, whatever-way-the-wind-blows type of program. Honor can stand by itself.

    Meanwhile – I hope Drake will take pride wearing his NIT ring.

  28. oldschool
    5:50 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I will continue to throw out that “flattery” BS because I’m an idiot who really doesn’t get it. How can one be so delusional and function on a day to day basis? Ask me how!

  29. Bbn4life
    8:39 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    #29 thats enough u have hit the end of the road! Please stop posting the ignorant comments that u think up! U r nuts, so if having cal as our coach is so bad what was your life like when bcg was here? Cal is so far ahead of the game rite now its unreal so sit back relax and enjoy or take the bullsh** post somewhere else, its not 1950 anymore man!!!

  30. LexCathCat
    11:09 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oldschool is just upset because he can’t seem to find his favorite pair of dentures. Lets show some sympathy, fellas.