It's happening. We did it.
Monday night, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that ESPN is moving up the release date of 'The Last Dance,' the highly anticipated 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the 1998 Bulls, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESPN has since announced the new release date. Until now, the docuseries was billed as being released some time in June.
The Last Dance. Let’s go. pic.twitter.com/tQcHyQOtZV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 31, 2020
AP writer Tim Reynolds has the schedule, which shows the 10-part series will be aired weekly on Sundays with two episodes coming out at a time. Additionally, Reynolds said the episodes will be released on Netflix the following Mondays.
THE LAST DANCE SCHEDULE IS OUT pic.twitter.com/tOa3gWRdYn— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 31, 2020
Some writing had been on the wall that this might be coming. In mid-March, commercials for 'The Last Dance' began advertising the series as 'Coming Soon' instead of 'Coming in June.' ESPN shortly thereafter dismissed rumors of the release date moving up — saying the documentary had yet to be completed — only to be indirectly contradicted by LeBron James and (ESPN employee) Richard Jefferson on the Road Trippin' podcast late last week.
Now, it's official.
So rejoice, Bulls fans and sports lovers, at large. It won't replace the entirety of the void left by the halting of live sports, but this series is sure to be essential, enthralling TV, and as close as the sports world get to a monocultural event under the current parameters.
And above all, what a win for NBA Twitter. They keep rolling in.