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‘The Last Dance’ documentary on Michael Jordan and Bulls not even fully produced yet

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CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan pumps his fist as he is congratulated by fans after he made the game-winning basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their 13 February game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 112-110. AFP PHOTO/VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP via Getty Images)

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With the NBA on a prolonged hiatus due to the coronavirus, there’s a massive opening for basketball content.

Enter “The Last Dance”.

ESPN moved up the air date for the 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls from June to April/May. The series is a hit, with great music and plenty of fascinating stories.

Director Jason Hehir has discussed accelerating production. But I didn’t realize how drastic the schedule became.

Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times:

Contrary to the usual practice of having an entire series complete before it debuts, work on episode 9 was finished Friday and the final is scheduled to be done by May 10, as viewers watch episodes 7 and 8.

The original plan – airing episodes on off days during the NBA Finals – would have significantly reduced the cultural relevance of the documentary. There’d be so much focus on the Finals.

But because Hehir and his staff worked – and are working – so hard, “The Last Dance” gets the stage nearly to itself.