New TV Show to Highlight Next Chapter of Penn State Football
A new weekly TV show will air throughout football season, Penn State announced Wednesday.
"Penn State Football 2012 — The Next Chapter," will chronicle the first season under coach Bill O'Brien and is being billed as a "fast-paced, intimate look at Nittany Lion football." The 30-minute program, which airs on Sundays starting Sept. 2, includes exclusive interviews with O’Brien, members of the football staff, team members and behind-the-scenes access from preseason through the end of the season.
Penn State Public Broadcasting will produce the show, the same company that produces the Emmy Award-winning women's basketball show, “Courtside With Coquese."
“For several months now, we have referenced ‘The Next Chapter’ of Penn State Football,” PSU Acting Athletic Director Dave Joyner said in a press release. “Our extended collaboration with Penn State Public Broadcasting will bring that to life for our fans every week this season. This football team has tremendous character and personality and this year’s show is going to reveal that each and every week.”
Penn State cut ties with Mind Over Media, the Pittsburgh-based firm that produced the Emmy Award-winning “Penn State Football Story," in February, when it fired Guido D’Elia, a part-owner of the company and ex-director of football branding and communications and adviser to the late coach Joe Paterno.
O'Brien had said a TV show had been in the works throughout the summer but only ensured it would not be in a format where he was the main focus.
Among the Pennsylvania outlets carrying the show:
- WPSU-TV, Ch. 3 (State College/Central Pa.);
- WTAJ-TV, Ch. 10 (State College, Altoona, Johnstown);
- WLYH-TV, Ch. 15 (Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Reading);
- WNEP-TV, Ch. 16 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre);
- WFMZ-TV, Ch. 69 (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton);
- WFXP-TV, Ch. 66 (Erie);
- Root Sports (Western Pa./Eastern Ohio/W. Va.);
- CSN-Philadelphia (Eastern Pa./New Jersey/Delaware).
MASN (Baltimore-Washington, D.C.) and NESN (New England) are among the other regional sports networks carrying “Penn State Football 2012 – The Next Chapter.”
Penn State opens its season Sept. 1 against Ohio at Beaver Stadium.