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FOX Soccer to Produce and Air Liverpool Behind-The-Scenes Documentary, Due Fall 2012

FOX Soccer will produce and air a six-episode original documentary, which will provide viewers with behind-the-scenes footage of Liverpool Football Club from the end of the 2011-12 Premier League season, and this season’s FA Cup Final through to Liverpool’s summer US tour. The documentary, entitled “Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone,” is scheduled for release during the fall of 2012.

“Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone” will be produced by Scott Boggins (formerly of HBO’s 24/7 boxing documentary series). Through five seasons, HBO’s 24/7 has earned 33 Emmy nominations, winning 14 times. Boggins’ most recent work includes around-the-clock access to boxing title bouts featuring Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz (2011) and Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (2009). Boggins also ran point on 24/7’s insider coverage of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in the build-up to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. His portfolio also includes 24/7 work centered upon NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, the college football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan, and additional boxing projects featuring Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones

For the purposes of the documentary series, Liverpool will provide unprecedented access to Boggins and his film crew. According to FOX Soccer, never before have cameras been allowed inside the Liverpool changing room at Anfield.

Hopefully the producer, Liverpool FC and FOX Soccer will be honest with their coverage of what happens in front of the camera. There’s the chance that the documentary could end up being a PR exercise for Liverpool Football Club to repair the damage both on and off the pitch during a very tumultuous season for the Reds.

Meanwhile, the PR machine at FOX is already in high gear. The press release to announce the news includes a quote from FOX Sports Media Group Chairman and CEO David Hill that reads, “This is going to be a truly remarkable series for every soccer fan on Earth.” Really?? Every soccer fan on Earth?  Plus in the same press release, FOX says “For the first time in football history, a global power opens its doors for unprecedented insider access…”  But didn’t we get the same thing with the documentaries for Chelsea and Manchester City (“Blue Revolution” and “Blue Moon Rising” respectively)?

What do you think? Will you watch it? Do you think that the decision by FOX Soccer to do a documentary about Liverpool FC is a wise one based on all of the negative publicity the club has received this season? And with Scott Boggins as executive producer, do you anticipate the documentary being an interesting fly-on-the-wall piece? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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17 Responses to FOX Soccer to Produce and Air Liverpool Behind-The-Scenes Documentary, Due Fall 2012

  1. Paul says:

    “Do you think that the decision by FOX Soccer to do a documentary about Liverpool FC is a wise one based on all of the negative publicity the club has received this season?”

    What’s that got to do with anything? Why would it be wise/unwise of them? Can’t it just be seen for what it is – a documentary on a football team? There doesn’t always have to be scandal attached to everything.

    • Ryan says:

      Whoooa weird. We both were kind of thinking the same thing, you just took a more troll-ish route. ;)

    • The Gaffer says:

      It all depends on how the documentary is handled. Will the documentary conveniently gloss over any negative stories that may arise between now and the end of the summer? It all depends if the piece will be PR fodder or an honest and uncensored document of what happens. Since it’s being made in conjunction between Liverpool FC and FOX Soccer, it’s not going to be an entirely objective documentary in my opinion. I’m personally interested in watching it, and think it’s a good idea. But not everyone will agree with me.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Paul says:

        I get what you’re saying and you’re right when you say that if anything was to happen between now and end of season then it would be absurd if it wasn’t included in the doc as it was being filmed at the same time. Think it was a bit harsh to question whether it was a wise decision to do the documentary based on previous issues that have surrounded the club. If the doc is biased and covers up certain things that may or may not happen in that time then there’s valid place to comment but as it stands it’s just a doc on a football club. That’s how I see it anyway.

  2. Ryan says:

    “Do you think that the decision by FOX Soccer to do a documentary about Liverpool FC is a wise one based on all of the negative publicity the club has received this season?”

    …of course. Drama, baby. Ever catch Hard Knocks on HBO? It’s not all going to be pretty.

    As a Liverpool supporter, I’m very excited – but honestly, it could be Man U or any other club and I’d watch it. I love a good sports doc.

  3. Sean says:

    Sounds great.

    Love 24/7 sports documentaries.

    Everyone should try to check out the recent QPR film, The Four Year Plan, it’s great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5xAmAjZ1mY

  4. Paul says:

    Isnt Fox owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owns The Sun?

    Interesting.

    • Paul says:

      Not interesting.

      They’re separate divisions of News Corporation. If you’re going to use the mentality of mentioning The Sun then you’re setting a very big precedent because in the UK that’d mean not watching live football because it’s on Sky Sports (also part owned by News Corp), not watching any 20th Century Fox produced films… and that’s just the tip of it. There has to be a point where enough is enough.

  5. Mufc77 says:

    Two words, Graham Taylor!!!

    Will it have subtitles for king Kenny?

  6. Clampdown says:

    “But didn’t we get the same thing with the documentaries for Chelsea and Manchester City (“Blue Revolution” and “Blue Moon Rising” respectively)?”

    Gaffer, I didn’t see the Chelsea one, but really enjoyed Blue Moon Rising. I think what they’re saying is that viewers will have unprecedented access to the actual club and what goes on behind the scenes, unlike Blue Moon rising, which was focused on the few supporters.

    The 24/7 hockey series has been amazing and have provided fans with exactly that unprecedented look. Lots of locker room stuff, very frank discussions among coaches about players, behind the scenes personal stuff. I’ll be really curious to see if it’s to that level.

  7. Pete says:

    This is Liverpool FC an iconic name in world football. Mr Shankly would turn in his grave with this documentary. The only cameras that should be allowed in the ground are those that show the game.

    This will be a big mistake.

  8. Brennan says:

    Personally it seems there’s a lot of over thinking on this? I think the whole idea is great! I’d watch regardless of the team… Even United… LOL. Let’s make our judgements AFTER the documentary airs! Im looking forward to seeing how “inside” they really get. I’m really excited about this!! City Til I Die! MCFC#1!!!!

  9. Gaz says:

    Any word on if this will be on Foxsoccer.tv? Or is it just planned for the cable network?

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