FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Conlisk
BTN Original Series ‘The Journey’ Returns for Fifth Season on Sunday
Critically Acclaimed Series Resumes at 8 PM ET
CHICAGO – BTN’s first original series and its highest rated last year, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012, presented by GMC, returns at 8 PM ET Sunday. The Emmy-nominated, documentary-style program takes viewers deep inside Big Ten basketball programs, spending consecutive days with different conference teams to follow the season’s most compelling storylines during the 10-week march toward the Big Ten Tournament.
The season premiere will feature Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green and the connection he shares with his hometown of Saginaw, Mich. The show also will introduce fans to Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller and highlight a special moment as the 1987 Indiana National Championship Team returns to Bloomington. The first of the ten-episode series also examines Purdue coach Matt Painter’sIndiana roots, and show how two Ohio State McDonald’s All-Americans, Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, have taken different paths to success in Columbus.
"Our production staff uses a ‘cinéma vérité’ style of storytelling to give Big Ten basketball fans unprecedented access and insight into their favorite teams, coaches and student-athletes,” said Bill Friedman, BTN Senior Producer of Studio and Original Programming.
This is The Journey’s fifth season, following Minnesota Basketball, Illinois Football, Big Ten Basketball 2010 and Big Ten Basketball 2011. In 2010, the program was named co-winner of the best sports show/series by CableFAX magazine, along with ESPN’s 30 for 30 and received a Sports Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information, go to www.BTN.com.