Somewhere around the 29th season of "Survivor," or "Real World: Kalamazoo," reality TV began its inevitable decline into the absurd and inane. Fortunately, there is a new show coming out that could be a rare diamond in the rough (no, no, not "Jon and Kate Plus 8").
This weekend, the MLB Network will debut "The Pen," a show that will offer a look into the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen.
The Pen takes a look at the players’ lives following the team’s 2008 World Series win and the pressures of keeping their roster spot for the 2009 team. The series features relief pitchers Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, Scott Eyre, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, and follows them to everything from fishing trips and youth baseball games to the White House for a post-World Series visit. The program also speaks with players following the sudden death of longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas on April 13.
“As a reality-based series The Pen is the ultimate look into the lives of these players, both on and off the field,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “So much of what we know about relief pitchers is based on statistics and saves, and a series like The Pen gives a level of familiarity to each player.”
There's even going to be "a camera and microphones installed in [the] bullpen to film in-game and practice footage."
While it certainly could be very dull (it's baseball, remember), I think it will quickly become must-see TV.