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01-05-2012, 12:57 PM
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"24/7" Faces Uncertain Future

Puck Daddy on the future of the HBO documentary series... viewership was down for the year, but the show could also move to focus on another part of the NHL season. Mentions that Greenburg was the real champion, now obviously producing similar shows for NHL Films.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...aining-content

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That stinks. Well at least the Rangers were in it before its gone.

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Overall, I've been mostly underwhelmed with the series this year compared to last year. I hope they continue doing it, but after a few years, the plotlines will start feeling the same each and every year.

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Yeah, this year's just wasn't as captivating. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I think the absence of big personalities had something to do with it. Bryz is funny and all, but...

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The reason it wasn't as good as last year is because there isn't enough emotion. You need a struggling team. Last year, the Capitals were in their worst stretch of the season, so all the players were upset. There was also Boudreau who looked like he was about to get fired in middle of the show. This year, there were two teams playing their best hockey. That's not fun to watch.

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Not sure who mentioned it, but if they could get the NHL to agree to allow them to chronicle a playoff series.... or the finals... that would be simply amazing. Certainly risky, but that's about the only thing I see really drawing in casual fans.

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I think it'd be more likely that it would become a pre-season/training camp show like Hard Knocks

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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.

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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.
I've wanted them to do this for years.

In fact, I'd be willing to shell out PPV money for it. No lie.

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Yeah, this year's just wasn't as captivating. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I think the absence of big personalities had something to do with it. Bryz is funny and all, but...
It's because it's built around the Winter Classic, which is really just another middle season game that doesn't mean anything outside of the spectacle.

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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.
This is exactly what my friends and I have been talking about for years.

We envisioned this as a live 18+ rated PPV broadast. Perhaps start with once a week and then up the ante. Commercial free with soccer like adverising during traditional commercials. The broadcast would also give the fan the ability to isolate players, choose different camera angles and have the game with or without broadcasters. In addition, you could turn the screen graphics off or on and access player and game stats on screen and on demand.

I would love to watch games with full sounds from the ice and the ability to turn off the broadcasting.

As for this 24/7 HBO series, I could care less either way. I am a pretty hardcore hockey fan and I haven't bothered watching any episodes.

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There's one major thing I'd like to see improved on, which is LESS GAME HIGHLIGHTS. I watch 24/7 to see behind the scenes stuff, not spend half the time showing the highlights of the games in the past week.

And the fact that the teams were doing well didn't help. I would've loved to see torts explode after losing 3 in a row or something.

They also should've done more coverage on the controversial parts, like the cheapshot on MDZ, torts saying NBC got together with the NHL to rig the game to go into OT, THAT stuff gets viewers.

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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.


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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.
I would love this. They could easily provide this by turning up the mics at ice level. They might need a few enhancements.

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24/7 kind of fell out of favor for me this year because it felt way too scripted. It was obvious the players knew the cameras were there and they were playing for them....whereas last year it really did feel like you were just an extra guy in the locker room.

There are only so many story lines you can have going into the Winter Classic, and alot of them are going to be the same year after year. I think this year proved how lucky HBO was last year to have two teams going in such polar opposite directions heading into the game. Don't think anybody outside of the NYR/PHL fan base could categorize this season as more entertaining as last.

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The reason it wasn't as good as last year is because there isn't enough emotion. You need a struggling team. Last year, the Capitals were in their worst stretch of the season, so all the players were upset. There was also Boudreau who looked like he was about to get fired in middle of the show. This year, there were two teams playing their best hockey. That's not fun to watch.
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[QUOTE=f2d;42041595]There's one major thing I'd like to see improved on, which is LESS GAME HIGHLIGHTS. I watch 24/7 to see behind the scenes stuff, not spend half the time showing the highlights of the games in the past week.

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Was thinking this season they were showing too many highlights during the game, not enough on the bench stuff.

Also, how come they didn't talk about or film Torts at home with his family?

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it was better last year because it was novel. i'm glad they did it this year so i was able to get an inside look at the flyers and if they choose to do it annually, i'll keep watching as a fan, but i wouldn't be upset if it doesn't come back. as already mentioned, we're just gonna get the same storylines over and over.

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The reason it wasn't as good as last year is because there isn't enough emotion. You need a struggling team. Last year, the Capitals were in their worst stretch of the season, so all the players were upset. There was also Boudreau who looked like he was about to get fired in middle of the show. This year, there were two teams playing their best hockey. That's not fun to watch.
Last year was the perfect storm. Two of the best players in game. One team struggling at the beginning of the series on a long losing streak while the other team was hot on a long winning streak. You had Crosby playing the best hockey of his career during the series with it ending in what looks to be a career ending concussion, which looking back in the show a year later adds another layer to the season. It ended with the Caps winning and the Pens looking at an uncertain future. It ended up being the perfect story arch.

This year didn't have that.

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My wife really enjoyed this show.

She's not a hockey fan, but after watching the final episode the other day for about twenty minutes, she turned to me and said "This is really interesting. I'd watch hockey if it was like this."

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 24/7 would be legit.

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The Winter Classic could be Phoenix and Florida and I'd still watch every episode. The show is so phenomenally produced and the soundtrack is amazing. I'd be sad to see 24/7 go.

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Since the HBO mastermind has his own production company and is working with the NHL, I would not be surprised to see him do an "Up Close & Personal" (aka 24/7) or whatever they title it run up to a Winter Classic (should HBO drop the ball and end their run).

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The reason it wasn't as good as last year is because there isn't enough emotion. You need a struggling team. Last year, the Capitals were in their worst stretch of the season, so all the players were upset. There was also Boudreau who looked like he was about to get fired in middle of the show. This year, there were two teams playing their best hockey. That's not fun to watch.
This, Crosby and to an extent didn't show any more personality then what we've already seen

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I thought the french documentary ''Junior'' was way better. It's from about 5 years ago and of course it doesn't have the same kind of quality production HBO can pull, but it was more raw, and it didn't focus on useless stuff like Girardi's son or Simmonds spitting out every cliche in the books in his car on his way to some charity stuff.

In ''Junior'' you can see the GM negotiating trades on the phone, the coach speaking strategy with his assistants, you see the coach in his office speaking with struggling players, you see the coach screaming at his players in between periods, you see players throwing their equipment in fury, you see a player demanding a trade and saying he's going back home and the GM going mad, you see a three-way trade going down with the player right in the GM office, etc

You also follow a former Buffalo draft pick in his draft year... you see him speak with his agent, you live with him his ups and downs...

I guess what I'm trying to say is, where the **** was the HBO crew when Sean Avery was put on waivers?!?!?!? Oh yeah right, in Philadelphia filming the construction guys working on the rink.

Seriously...

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