Bill Simmons Returns: Headed To HBO For Weekly Talk Show
The NBA offseason has been missing something, and that something has just announced his plans to return to media in 2016. Bill Simmons and HBO reportedly struck a deal for the current-but-not-really-ESPN personality to join the network for a talk show that will begin next year.
And that's not all. From the New York Times (emphasis ours):
HBO announced Wednesday that it would be the exclusive television home for Mr. Simmons and that he would get a talk show that will debut in 2016. His contract with HBO starts in October.
Additionally, Mr. Simmons will have a production deal with HBO and will do video podcasts, similar to what he did at ESPN. At the sports network, he helped create ESPN’s “30 for 30” series of sports documentaries...
In a statement, Mr. Simmons said, “It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape.” He added that after talking with the network, “it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”
Anybody who knows Simmons' work as of late knows that he's best on his podcast The B.S. Report, and that the word-y, mailbox-y Simmons of yesteryear has become a bit too... Simmons-y. Plus, he was always late with those mailbags.
According to SI's Richard Deitsch, HBO will be Simmons' "exclusive television home," which means his writing will end up on another platform. Which means we're still in the running, guys!
This is how Simmons made the announcement "official":
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 22, 2015
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