New Podcast, TV Series To Do Deep Dive On Astros' Cheating Scandal
Media outlet Cadence13 is "kicking off a new sports documentary podcast franchise with a season that will explore" the Astros' cheating scandal and their World Series-winning '17 season, according to Natalie Jarvey of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Cadence13 has teamed with SI writer Ben Reiter, who will "write and host the project," as well as "Slow Burn" co-creators Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons, who will "produce via Neyfakh's Prologue Projects shingle." Cadence13 Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran and Underground Entertainment Partner Steven Fisher "will executive produce." The podcast, which is set to debut this summer, will "seek to reshape the public's understanding of the story" behind the team's World Series win. Meanwhile, a TV series based on the podcast also is "in development with Left/Right Productions" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 2/13).
INTERESTING PICK: YAHOO SPORTS' Mike Oz noted Cadence13 bringing in Reiter to help is "already a polarizing choice." Reiter in '14 wrote the "now-famous story that pegged the Astros" as '17 World Series champions. He also wrote a "now-infamous book called 'Astroball'" that came out in '18, "documenting the team's rise to the World Series." In hindsight, Reiter has "faced criticism for completely missing the cheating scheme" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/13).