Binge Watching With HBSE VP & Chief Of Staff Dana Seiden
This week, THE DAILY caught up with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment VP & Chief of Staff DANA SEIDEN to break down what's on her watch list. Some responses have been edited for clarity and brevity:
- One of my go-to’s during quarantine has been FIRST WE FEAST's “HOT ONES,” where host SEAN EVANS interviews celebrity guests while they eat their way through a plate of increasingly spicy wings. Sean always comes prepared with incredibly well-researched and unique questions for his guests (everyone from JOEL EMBIID to PAUL RUDD to BILLIE EILISH). His sweating and struggling guests fight to keep up as the hot sauces climb past 2 million+ Scovilles, leading to phenomenal interviews with some super candid exchanges. To nobody’s surprise, Joel handled the challenge like a champion. Personally, I could never make it past the first wing.
- Whenever I’m in need of a laugh I throw on "30 ROCK" -- any episode, any season. It’s one of those shows that, without fail, makes me laugh out loud. TINA FEY is a genius and the subtle humor layered into every bit and every scene is just next level. I’ll regularly re-watch episodes and catch new references that I missed the first or second time around.
- Is there any SBJ subscriber that hasn’t yet watched “THE LAST DANCE”? Reliving MICHAEL JORDAN’s dominant run with the Chicago Bulls was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Every Sunday night for five weeks, it felt as if the entire country was tuned in to the show at the same time. That’s a magic that’s hard to come by outside of live sports. It’s also been a source of motivation and inspiration for me and a lot of my colleagues as the 76ers head down to Orlando. Many of us got into this industry to be a part of something special like this and to have an opportunity to chase a championship. And "The Last Dance" had the added bonus of an awesome soundtrack that I would highly recommend for your next run.
- KEN BURNS is one of the great American storytellers. From “THE VIETNAM WAR” to “BASEBALL” to his latest work, “COUNTRY MUSIC,” his documentaries always provide incredible insight and perspective. “Country Music” follows the evolution of country music in America and its influence on culture and other genres of music. So much of country music was the product of its time and circumstances. I’m excited to see what new music will be created in response to the challenges we currently face as a society. I love live music and truly can’t wait until we’re able to get back to attending concerts.
- The classic "THE SIMPSONS" episodes have held up incredibly well over time. I’ve been running through some of my favorites from the 90s with my nieces and it’s unbelievable how it all comes right back to you. In addition to predicting the future, "The Simpsons" has taught us a number of valuable lessons during this time, including that family is all that really matters and “you don’t win friends with salad.”
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