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NFL FILMS AND TNT PREMIERE THEIR GRIDIRON MAGNUS OPUS
Published October 17, 1996
TNT premieres "Football America" tomorrow at 8:00pm ET. The new, two-hour, documentary focuses on the game of football at the grassroots level and is produced by NFL Films and narrated by actor James Coburn. NFL Properties and Turner Publishing also joined to publish "Football America," a 256-page book with more than 300 photos. It is written by Phil Barber and Ray Didinger with a foreword by Don Shula (NFL). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Barbara Phillips calls TV's "Football America" a "magnificently photographed documentary" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/17). In Baltimore, Milton Kent calls the "wonderful documentary" proof that "the purity of the sport survives despite our attempt to hype it beyond recognition" (Baltimore SUN, 10/17). CABLE WORLD's Alan Breznick writes, "When it's not preaching the NFL Films gospel, 'Football America' is an interesting program. ... A huge amount of work clearly went into this project. It's too bad that NFL Films and TNT are so intent on inspiring us to love football as much as they do. Without such blinders on, the special might really be special" (CABLE WORLD, 10/14 issue).