Seen on Screen: MLB Network Moves Into Offseason Programming; HBO Sports Plans Special Around Pacquiao-Algieri Fight

by Jarrel Harris, Editorial Assistant

Fresh off its extensive coverage of the 2014 World Series, MLB Network’s offseason programming begins with an expanded schedule on Monday, November 3 as High Heat with Christopher Russo and MLB Now, hosted by Brian Kenny, continue year-round.

Weekdays in the offseason on MLB Network will include a full slate of studio shows, beginning with Hot Stove presented by Sports Authority, now in its third season and hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds live at 9:00 a.m. ET. The afternoons feature High Heat presented by Liberty Mutual, MLB Now presented by the U.S. Army, and Intentional Talk presented by The Marines with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. MLB Network’s signature studio show, MLB Tonight presented by Kay Jewelers, will continue to provide the latest news and interviews around the league live at 6:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will provide exclusive coverage of end-of-season awards announcements throughout the next several weeks, starting with the winners of the Players Choice Awards presented by PlayStation on Monday, November 3. Later in the week, MLB Network will host the announcement of the finalists for the BBWAA Awards on Tuesday, November 4, followed by the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Wednesday, November 5, and the Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger on Thursday, November 6. Beginning on Monday, November 10, MLB Network will dedicate the entire week to the BBWAA Awards and the exclusive announcements of the winners of the Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. Coming in December, MLB Network and will host the announcement of the winners of the 13th annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.

…HBO Sports announced plans for an all-new special when Under the Lights: Pacquiao-Algieri hits the spotlight on Nov. 5 at 11:45p. The special is hosted by Max Kellerman and will examine the upcoming HBO PPV on Nov. 22 pitting the two fighters…

… ESPNW will produce a three-episode documentary series for ESPN2 profiling University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma beginning Sunday, Nov. 16, when espnW Presents: The Geno Auriemma Project, debuts at 10 p.m. ET.

The series will offer an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Auriemma via interviews with the coach and the important people around him.  Unprecedented access to his friends, family, colleagues and players was granted…

… To further capitalize on the theme of a personality-focused ESPN2 lineup, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill’s Numbers Never Lie will be rebranded His & Hers starting Monday, November 3. The 60-minute studio show will continue to air at its normal time on weekdays at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2, live from Bristol, Conn…

… The latest film in the 30 for 30 series  “Brothers in Exhile” will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The documentary directed by Mario Diaz and produced by Major League Baseball Productions, tells the incredible story of Cubans Livan and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who risked their lives to get off their native homeland to play professional baseball…

… ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, wraps up its fall season of news magazine shows Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN with an in-depth profile of Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton, an investigative piece regarding the United States Air Force Academy and its football team, and an inspiring story about a boy with a rare disease, his three-legged dog, and their incredible bond.

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