By C. Trent Rosecrans
I'm probably the target audience for something like this -- and it's working. I've ordered HBO on the day of the first Hard Knocks of the season and I don't even really like the NFL. But now Showtime is doing it's Hard Knocks-like all-access show with the Giants, and if this preview is any indication of what's to come from The Franchise, I'm sold.
Sure, it's following the Hard Knocks storyboards, but that's not a bad thing. I don't care about original, I can put up with the iron pumping if I get to see Brian Wilson's fake cop car, Freddy Sanchez saying he needs to get his wife "liquored up" on Valentine's Day and who knows what we'll see from Tim Lincecum. (OK, I will say I can't be the only one who saw the lighting of the cigar and thought -- for just a second -- that it was Lincecum.)
Showtime's going to have a free preview on April 13. I'm so there. And when the series starts, I may just have to order Showtime, you know, for work.
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