I really liked both seasons of 24/7 but I do admit that this season lacked a lot of things I would have liked to have seen. The Avery waiver affair is one. His reaction and move would've have been great.
I was initially wary at the idea of another Winter Classic documentary, not because I lacked faith in 24/7, but because I feared that similar storylines would be rehashed. Changing it up to a playoff (or even SCF) documentary would be outstanding, but I don't know if the teams would be up for that (it's high enough tension without people following them around). The trade deadline idea would also be great, but I don't know if more non-hockey people would tune in to watch guys in suits talking on the phone (I would).
Oh you know what I realized? That last idea would totally be like that scene from Moneyball. I'd love to see longer versions of that from multiple angles.
I would never happen for the trade deadline either. If a GM was talking about trading a guy and it was on the show when the players saw it, it could cause problems with that player. There are reasons GMs dont come out and say every potential trade they discussed
Here is a different thought I was wondering. HBO covering live games with cameras on the bench and mics on the players. You'd get a completely different view of the game in live action with zero editting.
That would be great but I'm sure that there would be Rights issues. NBC, CBC etc. would probably try to block it.
I'm sure that potentially having a Canadian team in the next Winter Classic isn't going to help the cause for another season of 24/7.
HBO does have HBO Canada, and I wonder if having the Leafs in next year's would actually have subscriptions to HBO Canada exceed what would be possible in the United States.
And again, Detroit arguably has the widest fan base across the United States. Their fans travel extremely well, and far better than Boston, Rangers, or Chicago's fans do. Every road game Detroit plays in, there's always a significant number of Red Wings fans present.
I watched every episode last year. Didn't watch past the first episode this year.
It started feeling staged/filtered, and that kills the point of it, at least for me.
Bolded applies to me too. I loved last year's and was excited about this year's, but then I just didn't bother watching anything after episode one. Didn't seem to have that energy or excitement like the first series did. Or maybe it was a "seen it all before" type of thing.