ESPN Moves Up Michael Jordan 'The Last Dance' Documentary Release Date

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst II

Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan speaks during a press conference ahead of NBA basketball game between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus))
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ABC's and ESPN's debut of The Last Dance is being moved from June to April 19, ESPN confirmed Tuesday morning.

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The New York Post's Andrew Marchand first reported the news Monday night. After the announcement, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press shared the full broadcast schedule for the documentary:

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The 10-part Michael Jordan documentary was originally teased in December:

Fans have been clamoring for an early release amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted sports globally. LeBron James joined the chorus last week:

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“ESPN can’t fire you RJ. You my friend.” - LeBron https://t.co/rccNh7g8vn

As of March 17, The Last Dance was not completed and therefore was not under consideration to have its debut hurried.

"I know some have asked about The Last Dance, and the reality is that the production of that film has not yet been completed, so we are limited there at the moment," ESPN executive vice president of programming, acquisitions and scheduling Burke Magnus said, per Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune. "Obviously, you can't air it until it's done."

It must be done.

ABC and ESPN partnered with Netflix, Jordan Brand, the NBA and Mandalay Sports Media on the project.


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