Mike Greenberg

It looks like we won’t be getting Mike Greenberg’s new morning show live from New York on Jan. 1, 2018 after all. ESPN had promoted that date and location heavily during its May upfronts this year, but we’ve been hearing for a while that it could be delayed over studio construction issues or casting decisions. Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News reported Thursday that sources told him there will likely be a delay, which could stretch into months, and it’s because construction of ESPN’s new South Street Seaport studio is taking a while. That could also impact the new afternoon show with Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre. Here are more details from McCarthy:

The premiere of Greenberg’s new solo show will likely be delayed for months because of construction delays at ESPN’s expensive new South Street Seaport studio in Manhattan, sources tell Sporting News, and it might not premiere until Spring, 2018.

…Building new facilities in the Big Apple is a notoriously slow and expensive process. The construction delays surrounding ESPN’s new Manhattan studio also raise questions about the timing of the network’s new afternoon show with Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre, which is supposed to debut Jan. 2, 2018 (noon to 1 p.m. ET) and be recorded in the same South Street Seaport studio. The Jones-Torre program could be delayed for months, too, sources said.

Of course, ESPN doesn’t have to hold back programming just because their new studio isn’t ready. They could start these shows in Bristol and later move them to New York. Or they could rent out studio space elsewhere in the city for a few months. But neither’s a perfect option; the latter move is expensive (and there might not be something suitable available at the hours of the day they’d need), while the former would involve personalities like Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose relocating from Los Angeles to Bristol rather than NYC, and that carries some logistical challenges too. And beyond that, ESPN is banking a lot on this show; they may not want to start with a halfhearted version of it. (It’s unclear if keeping it off the air for months after it had been initially promised and launching it at presumably a less-interesting time in the sports cycle rather than in the middle of the hype for the college football and NFL playoffs is any better, though.)

McCarthy also notes that there’s expected to be a fourth regular co-host for this show, a “college football/NFL analyst.” He mentions Damien Woody and Booger McFarland as candidates. That would make some sense, given how both have regularly shown up on Mike and Mike and have some chemistry with Greenberg. But that’s yet further resources for this morning show, and a source told McCarthy “Ultimately, they want the cast of this show to be ‘The Avengers.'” Well, it’s certainly pricey and hyped, and now potentially delayed as well. We’ll see if it’s truly super or not when it actually launches.

[The Sporting News]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing.

  • StoJa

    Nobody in America asked for this show to be a thing, right?

    • Mark Anderson

      For real, I’m confused, who exactly is tuning into Mike “Lip injections” Greenberg?

  • whittx

    You’re planning for a new show for two years and you can’t get the studio ready? WTF.

  • MrBull

    Didn’t ESPN already have a studio in Times Square where they would shoot The Sports Reporters?…again, this show will be worst and last shorter then Cold Pizza…

    • inku palios

      Mike Greenberg belongs with Golic. Also, this show will last a few months, & Greenberg will go to FS1.

      • Saber Khai

        There’s no way Greenberg’s milquetoast takes are hot enough for FS1.

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    The stars are really aligning for this turkey

  • King Dong

    “greenie” on his own, will flop worse than a c level European soccer player…he is unlikable, obnoxious, and farrrr too effeminate.
    And as for adding booger or woody…please….
    Who does espn think will watch this show? Where are they thinking the “eyeballs” will come from? Do they expect to take share from
    Today or GMA? I smell another megan kelly debacle…difference is she makes $23 Mil whereas greeie ONLY makes $7 Mil. Regardless, flop city.

  • King Dong

    Can’t you see how popular greenie is? 8 whole comments….prolly match his Nielsen Ratings.

  • Mark Anderson

    Can somebody give me the aimed demographics for this show? Who exactly is tuning in to watch Greenberg and his lip injections proceed to lisp about the most milquetoasr sports subjects? I get the vibe Rachel Nichols will be the special guest on a weekly basis, giving us her Lerbon is co cool updates.

  • Ravens Rooster 94

    No problem. I hope it’s delayed indefinitely. The last thing I need in the morning is another talk show. I want my sports, I want my scores. The current edition on ESPN is talky enough.

  • DrewShervin

    I got an idea. Why not take a successful radio show duo and break them up.

  • BobLee Says

    Can AwAnno sleuths find out the target demographics for this over-hyped train wreck-to-be? Does Greeny have enough aunts and uncles to make it work…. plus Beadles’ ex-boyfriends?

  • Ted Mark

    If ESPN is truly heavily banking on this show, they are truly heavily screwed.

  • Dale Moog

    What a waste of money from a company that said they could no longer pay 100’s of its top employees just this spring. what a sad day it is. This show will suck I never liked Mike or Mike but this is crap.

  • Bill Cord

    ESPN might re-think spending more money on a Greenberg show since nobody gives a damn about seeing him without the other Mike.

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