The Sports Emmy Award-winning studio show known for its entertaining style and unfiltered commentary – pulls back the curtain on its more than 30-year history with “The Inside Story,” a four-part documentary series airing on consecutive nights Thursday, March 4, through Sunday, March 7, on TNT. The first episode will air immediately following NBA on TNT’s coverage of the Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans matchup. (see below for full schedule).
Produced by Turner Sports, the documentary takes viewers on a journey that started in 1989 and illuminates its evolution into a cultural phenomenon. Each hour-long episode reveals untold stories that highlight the chemistry between the four personalities – Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal – while also exploring their uncanny ability to continuously entertain and inform viewers. The documentary series also demonstrates how the show’s common thread of togetherness has helped them survive some of the toughest times.
The Inside Story is driven by never-before-seen-footage and interviews with celebrities, production crew members and sports reporters exemplifying how Inside the NBA became a show able to blend sports and entertainment each week, with a willingness to push the boundaries as it engages viewers in an impactful and enjoyable way.
|Day & Date||Time||The Inside Story Episode|
|Thursday, March 4||Immediately following MIA vs. NOP||Episode 1 – The Traffic Cop|
|Friday, March 5||9:00 p.m. ET||Episode 2 – The Role Player|
|Saturday, March 6||9:00 p.m. ET||Episode 3 – The Entertainer|
|Sunday, March 7||Immediately following the NBA All-Star Game||Episode 4 – The Little Brother|
Additionally, leading up to the premiere, fans can visit the interactive site tntdrama.com/theinsidestory to get a behind-the-scenes look through photos and videos from the last 30 years in Studio J.
“Inside the NBA is a unique show that has had significant cultural impact within the sports broadcasting landscape. That is attributed to the authenticity and chemistry of Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaq, along with countless people who have contributed to its success through the years,” said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “Equally important are the show’s fans and their continued and unwavering support. We hope everyone joins us in this journey as we look back and celebrate The Inside Story.”