Bill Simmons is bringing Grantland to television.
After two years on the NBA Countdown set, the kingmaker of ESPN is taking his talents to… another show on ESPN. Simmons is departing Bristol’s flagship NBA show to head up a new effort with the Grantland brand.
The Grantland Basketball Show (quite the original name, there) will air up to 18 one-hour episodes on ESPN throughout the NBA season. The debut episode drops October 21st at 8 PM ET on the mothership. Simmons will be the star of the show, but as of ESPN’s announcement it is unknown who will join him. You can bet that Grantland’s NBA voices will be heavily featured. Duh. That means Official Simmons Running Buddy Jalen Rose, Zach Lowe, Jonathan Abrams, Andrew Sharp, Mark Titus (please let Mark Titus be a part of this
) and others working at the site are likely to appear on the show.
What is interesting is that the Grantland Basketball Show will be under the auspices of ESPN’s fancy new original content outpost Exit 31 production studio. That’s the new conglomerate within the company that oversees Grantland, 538, 30 for 30, and generally all the cool stuff that ESPN does that isn’t someone embracing debate in a Bristol studio.