Is Showtime looking to steal a page from the HBO playbook and air its own Hard Knocks-type series? EW has learned that Showtime is in early talks with producer Mike Tollin to do a docuseries that focuses on the San Francisco Giants. Tollin’s an obvious choice to oversee the project, given his previous work on Bonds on Bonds, the 2006 docuseries for ESPN that followed the Giants outfielder through spring training and the baseball season. (Tollin’s got plenty of sports movies under his belt, too, like Varsity Blues, Coach Carter, Hardball, and the under-appreciated Summer Catch. And, let’s not forget his work on Smallville and One Tree Hill, too!).
HBO’s Hard Knocks debuted in 2001 as the first-ever sports reality series that goes behind-the-scenes with a pro football team. It launched with the Baltimore Ravens; the most recent addition focused on the New York Jets. The docuseries, on average, lured 4.6 million viewers for each episode.