ESPN has officially announced the schedule for the return of its hit 30 for 30 film series. The Peabody Award-winning series will return this Fall beginning Tuesday, October 1st with the tragic story of Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aiku in Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aiku. The film (and all new films in the series) will broadcast at 8pm on ESPN with a new film debuting each Tuesday from October 1st to November 5th. The story of Eddie Aiku is just the beginning in the return of ESPN’s award-winning series. Also included in this Fall’s schedule are stories of the John Spano Islanders scandal in Big Shot and Jimmy Connors’ unbelievable run in the 1991 U.S. Open in This is What They Want. It’s all capped off with a look at one of the most infamous rivalries and moments in modern sports history in Tonya and Nancy. This film documents the rivalry between skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan and how it led to the brutal attack on Kerrigan.
Connor Schell, ESPN Films Vice President explained the motivation behind bringing the network’s famed series back with more new films in a recent interview. “We continue to see an insatiable appetite for well-told sports stories that both tap into nostalgia and allow for discovery of new insight and detail. We are proud to be the destination for fans looking for high-quality films that take them inside the worlds that they love,” he said. “Sports hold an increasingly prominent place in American culture, and our new slate of films exemplifies our ongoing goal of telling cultural stories that last.”
Fans can download each new film the day after its broadcast via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. And for those that want the physical object, ESPN will release a special six-disc set titled 30 for 30 Volume II on November 26th, just in time for the holidays. The set will feature the first fifteen films in the new, upcoming slate of films. It will be available online at ESPNShop.com and in stores.
The current listing of upcoming films is available below:
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. – Free Spirits
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Mas
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This Is What They Want
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Tonya and Nancy
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