With the NBA on a prolonged hiatus due to the coronavirus, there’s a massive opening for basketball content.
Enter “The Last Dance”.
Director Jason Hehir has discussed accelerating production. But I didn’t realize how drastic the schedule became.
Contrary to the usual practice of having an entire series complete before it debuts, work on episode 9 was finished Friday and the final is scheduled to be done by May 10, as viewers watch episodes 7 and 8.
The original plan – airing episodes on off days during the NBA Finals – would have significantly reduced the cultural relevance of the documentary. There’d be so much focus on the Finals.
But because Hehir and his staff worked – and are working – so hard, “The Last Dance” gets the stage nearly to itself.