Scott Van Pelt will be busy in the fall. As he enters his third season hosting the Monday-Friday midnight ET show, he’ll be adding Sunday night to his schedule during football season.

ESPN says the Sunday night show will usually begin at midnight or immediately following the Sunday Night Football game. The show will include interviews with NFL players as well as feature ESPN’s army of analysts. And guess what? It’ll actually show highlights! According to the Worldwide Leader, football highlights will be a nod to the old NFL Primetime hosted by Chris Berman and Tom Jackson.

“We owe it to fans – and to Mr. Berman, Mr. Jackson and their colleagues – to carry on an incredible legacy of making Sunday nights fun,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News Platforms. “And thankfully, we have to the perfect guy in Scott, and the perfect team, to carry out this happy, important task.”

If that means the old Primetime soundtracks, then I’m all for it. And SVP says he looks forward to reviewing the NFL highlights.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to be on when everything is over on Sundays,” said Van Pelt. “We plan on looking at those results, and Saturday’s, through the same lens as do on Monday nights. What mattered? What was important? We will also have some fun ways, we hope, to package some of the day’s memorable performances and plays.”

The Sunday night SportsCenter will include some new elements that will be different from the weeknight SVP editions, but include some of the features that have been included in the Monday-Friday shows.

ESPN notes that Van Pelt will host a special Sunday night show on September 3 at 11 p.m. ET to wrap up the first weekend of the 2017 college football season.


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