HBO’s “24/7” has become a staple for the start of each NFL season and is the signal that a sport or event is worth the hype. That makes it perfect that series producer Scott Boggins has taken on “Being: Liverpool,” the first of its kind documentary about the notoriously closed English Premier League. It premieres Sunday on FOX – supposedly prior to the late afternoon NFL game in D.C. – and then will be repeated on Fox Soccer, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports networks, Fuel TV and next week on MundoFOX, the network’s Spanish-language channel.
It’s perfect timing to peel back the layers of one of the most storied clubs in Europe – not because they’re winning championships but because they’ve struggled mightily in recent seasons.
In an advanced look at the first episode, during one storyline English midfielder Steven Gerrard gives a peek into his softer side as a husband and father – as well into his palatial home – while in another owner John Henry, with the tumultuous Boston Red Sox hanging heavy over his head, talks philosophy on hiring new manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers, who shows off his house and car, has an encounter with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, which also is awkward given the circumstances surrounding Boston baseball this year.
Narrated by English actor Clive Owen, the series picks up a little late to truly chronicle the firing of Kenny Dalglish last season, and so far there’s nothing that’s the equivalent to Chad Johnson getting cut by the Miami Dolphins on “Hard Knocks,” though Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll have both been transferred since the preseason began. Keep in mind that the most insight usually offered from players or managers after a typical Premier League match is 60-90 seconds of useless clichés.
Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Network are also going inside the lives of its top players in the “MLS36” series. D.C. United playmaker Dwayne De Rosario was followed for 36 hours last month, and his episode is scheduled to air for the first time on Sept. 19, the night before D.C. United and Philadelphia meet at PPL Park.
“It was really interesting because I keep that side of my life separate,” De Rosario recently said. “But to have them in my life like that and in my space, it was interesting. It was a new experience for me, and I enjoyed it. It shows how much this league has come, how much this league has gained respect in terms of that marketing aspect of it. I guess we’ll see in September and see how it is.”