SBD/January 25, 2011/Media

MLB Giants Assured Of Control Over Camera Crews For Showtime Series

Showtime assures Giants that camera crews will not have free rein in clubhouse
MLB Giants officials "sat down with the prospective producers" of the Showtime and MLB Productions series chronicling the team "over dinner at the winter meetings in Orlando, and they came away assured that they could deny access to the camera crew at any time they wanted," according to Gwen Knapp of the S.F. CHRONICLE. MLB Productions last year produced the series "The Club," which "reflected the contentiousness of the White Sox," for MLB Network. But Giants Senior VP & GM Brian Sabean said, "They assured us that it wasn't going to follow suit, as well as the fact that it wasn't going to be a 'Hard Knocks.'" Giants manager Bruce Bochy added, "I would not have signed off on this if I thought it was going to be about controversy and conflict. It's more about the players and (how) they're human beings, and what they do in the offseason. But it's not going to be 24-7 in the clubhouse." Knapp wrote without "edgier material," the show "seems like an odd addition" to the Showtime lineup. But Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins said, "We're trying to take people to a place they haven't been before, in an in-depth way over time, and I don't think we need to go to anything unseemly or controversial." As a result, the Giants "believe that they can minimize the risk while benefiting from telling their story on a national platform" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/23).

NO DRAMA, NO INTEREST: In Sacramento, Scott Lebar writes "anyone who has watched the range of reality shows -- hardly real, sometimes hardly shows -- knows you need key ingredients for success on this field of celebrity dreamers." Lebar: "Some require shooting from the lip. Some, shooting a caribou. Or both. For most reality genres, though, you need confessionals, confrontation and characters. Chemistry? No way. And the Giants had plenty." The Giants have several characters on the roster, including Ps Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum and 1B Aubrey Huff, but "if fights don't break out, it's not worth watching." The Giants instead should "stick to base knocks and the amazing pennant race" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/25).
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