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SBD/July 14, 2011/Media
Shine On, You Crazy Diamond: Showtime's "The Franchise" Gets Solid Reviews
Published July 14, 2011
INSIDE THE EPISODE: Last night's show depicted the early part of the Giants' season, including the aftermath of the near-death beating Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered following the season opener at Dodger Stadium. Days after the attack, the teams played at AT&T Park. Giants P Jeremy Affeldt said, “The team came up to me and asked if I would address the crowd on fan violence. So I said, ‘I appreciate the opportunity to do it,’ I just wanted to do it in a positive way.” During every homestand, the "key members of the Giants brain trust,” including Managing Partner & CEO Bill Neukom, President & COO Larry Baer and Senior VP & GM Brian Sabean, “gather to assess the franchise’s direction.” Sabean said, “We’re winning at home, we’re .500 at on the road and we’re doing damage in the division. And as undermanned as we are, we’re doing the things you have to check off to have a winning season and get to the playoffs" (“The Franchise,” Showtime, 7/13).
LOOKING THROUGH ORANGE-COLORED GLASSES: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Tim Goodman, an admitted Giants fan, reviewed the show and wrote, "I certainly liked all of what I've seen so far." He admits if the show was focusing on the Dodgers he would not watch and writes, "I hope for Showtime's sake that other people are less rigid in their loyalty. That other potential viewers don't have my closed mind." Goodman: "If the rest of the country wants to follow the team via this Showtime series, please do. I see the early kinks in the structure of the show but I'm otherwise blinded by bias here" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 7/13).