It is still months away, but HBO will be producing another potential Emmy-winning program featuring two hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers as they prepare for this season's Bridgestone Winter Classic.
HBO's 24/7 program will follow the two clubs for a few weeks prior to the Winter Classic, which will take place on January 2, 2012. It will televise four shows starting on December 14th, with the last airing after the Winter Classic on January 4, 2012
Last year's show provided an unreal look inside the locker room and the lives of an NHL team. Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau starred in last season's series as a one-of-a-kind locker room personality.
In this storied rivalry, I am sure that personalities will emerge in this season's airing. Jaromir Jagr is one to be watching this season after he's been out of the NHL for three seasons. Here are some others who will be interesting to follow.
With Chris Pronger now wearing the "C," all eyes will be on the big man throughout the season. The cameras will be watching him "24/7" as he tries to lead the orange and black back to the Stanley Cup.
Pronger is a fiery player both on and off the ice. He has been well known for his interviews off the ice. What will Pronger have to say unscripted?
I'm sure Flyers fans also want an inside look at how he commands the team this year. Some say it was Pronger's locker room all along, but now that Mike Richards is gone, will it be any different?
No one player, on either club, may have more pressure on him than Brad Richards does. Richards comes to the Rangers on the heels of signing a $60 million contract this offseason.
The hope is that this is not another nonsense signing of another washed-up player for New York. Richards still has got a lot left and is still in the prime of his career.
It will be interesting to follow Richards throughout the series, especially if the Rangers are faltering around December.
If the preseason is any indication of what is to come, Flyers fans and even hockey fans in general will want to follow one of the former stars of this league.
With how his first couple games as a Flyer have gone, he may become a star in this league once again, after being vacant in the NHL for the past three years. Jagr has four goals in three games, which leads the league.
And don't forget what Jagr was doing before he left the NHL to play in Russia. This guy was absolutely hated by Flyers fans because he was a member of the New York Rangers.
There is no doubt that the coaches of the two teams will star the brightest in this season's feature.
Like Bruce Boudreau, John Tortorella and Peter Laviolette are both fiery coaches that present that kind of swagger about them.
I wish this series would have been from last year when Tortorella and Sean Avery first collided when the Rangers signed him. I wonder how much those two got into it.
Wouldn't we all want to know what was said during Peter Laviolette's timeout in Boston back in 2010 when the Flyers were down 3-0 in Game 4 when their backs were up against the wall in that series?
This is the kind of unscripted stuff that HBO's feature will show us. What kinds of coaches are these guys? What kind of personalities do these players have? How do they react to certain instances on or off the ice?
Laviolette is another person to watch who sometimes has been accused of "losing" a locker room.
Tune in December 14th to find out for yourselves.