Professional Fighters League has announced the launch of “Inside the Season,” one of the four long-form original series produced by PFL Studios and aired across ESPN platforms. The 10-episode series will air every Wednesday at 1:00am ET on ESPNews from September 16, 2020 to November 17, 2020 and each episode will be available on ESPN+.
Launched in June 2020, PFL Studios is a fully integrated global media division of the PFL producing original mixed martial arts content for all platforms including television, digital and mobile. It was created to provide MMA fans “with powerful and thought provoking original episodic programming that brings the fan closer to the sport,” PFL executive vice president and executive producer George Greenberg.
“Inside The Season” provides fans with unprecedented access and insight into the inevitable ups and downs of an eight-month season. It is presented by The Marines and narrated by John C. McGinley, 61, who played Dr. Perry Cox in “Scrubs” from 2001 to 2010.
More recently, McGinley played Stanley Miller in “Stan Against Evil,” Brian Kelton in “Chicago P.D.” and Grumblegard in “Dreamworks Dragons: Rescue Riders.” He is also a passionate MMA fan.
“As a fan of the Professional Fighters League, it’s a privilege to help bring to life the 2019 PFL season through rich and impactful storytelling,” McGinley said. “I’ve always been fascinated by the dedication MMA fighters have to their craft and it’s even more impressive when you are competing in PFL’s season format. PFL Studios is bringing a much-needed fresh perspective to the sport and fans will appreciate the in-depth look into each fighters’ journey.”
The Marines are the presenting partner of “Inside the Season,” leveraging the national platform and compelling content to engage with qualified youth considering a military career. New fighter interviews, never-before-seen fight footage, access to fighter locker rooms, takes from journalists, commentary from announcers and voiceover from McGinley all contribute to a fresh, in-depth look at the 2019 PFL season.
“’Inside the Season’ takes fans along the emotional and physical journeys of our incredible athletes as they fight their way through a challenging regular season, playoffs and championship format for a $1 million title,” Greenberg shared. “Collaborating with a talent like John C. McGinley is indicative of the high-quality level of work we’re looking to achieve at PFL Studios and the crossover appeal of MMA.”
“Inside the Season” comes on the heels of “Fantastic Finishes,” another PFL Studios production available on ESPN+. The latter is a seven-episode series reliving memorable knockouts and slick submissions across all six PFL weight classes.
Formerly known as the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), the PFL is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA. Its current chief executive officer is Peter Murray.